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Why are razor blades all so expensive?

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The people who manufacture razor blade refill cartridges have quite literally got us by the short and curly; with expensive replacement cartridges and incompatible fittings, its enough to make you quit shaving and grow a beard.

The problem is, when you give up on disposable razor blades and opt for a handle and cartridge system, youre stuck with buying replacement cartridges for that particular handle.  That might sound straight forward, but when they have a range of similar products it can get quite confusing and mistakes are easy to make.

To give you an example, I have a Gillette Mach 3 razor handle which I have been using quite happily for some time.  However, the other day I decided it was time to pick up another replacement pack of blades.  I went to the supermarket and unfortunately was in a bit of a hurry so I picked up the Gillette Sensor 3 blades instead of the Mach 3 ones.  Im willing to bet others have done the same the packaging and branding is very similar.  I didnt spot the difference until the next morning when I went to use them, but I figured theyre all Gillette so they should fit.

Gillette Mach 3 - is this the best shave a man can get? Well how wrong was that assumption, of course they didnt, not even close.  I wouldnt mind, but I had an uncomfortable shave that morning and Ive now got a pack of blades that I cant use as I am not about to go buy yet another handle.

You can get cheaper unbranded replacement cartridges for some shaving systems, but quite often the little diagram on the back of the pack which shows how they clip on is often difficult to discern.  Why cant they just make all razors and handles with the same fitting?  One would presume that this is so that you are forced to buy your replacement blades from THEM and no one else.


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Baz

Totally agree,miles overpriced is a fix.
27th Jan 16 12:01

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Alice

We're a shaving company called Dorco, and we think everyone should be able to afford high quality razors. Check out our prices and read our customer reviews for yourself at DorcoUSA.com. Don't be a victim of the Great Shaving Ripoff any longer, and Demand More for Less!
3rd Dec 13 11:12

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marmalade

Chickens are all small in shopping malls all over town, I know they are for poor people, but normal men need a bigger bird to feed his fambly at thanksgiving. And Rolls razors, they are good stuff indeed. Not too small.
30th Nov 13 08:11

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Small is a Rip-Off

Consider this con. In Boots to day I saw bottles of mineral water of size 100 ml on sale on the pharmacy counter for 60p. What a rip-off! I thought chemists were supposed to supply a glass of water for free if you need one to take your pills.
29th Nov 13 07:11

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boblet

I agree MMG but I must own up to finding his/hers spellings amusing.
24th Feb 13 11:02

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miserablemoaninggit

As I've suggested in earlier posts on different threads, the entrance of Jobby (and his many pseudonyms) onto The Weekly Gripe, has been met with disaster in terms of significantly lowering the quality of debate. Jobby is poisonous to this forum and I ask him to go elsewhere.

Unfortunately, I doubt that he will agree to such a request.

In the meantime, best not to pander to his crazy, inflated sense of ego.
24th Feb 13 09:02

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boblet

I agree anon, what amazes me is that there is more than one poster using the handle
24th Feb 13 08:02

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anon

Jobby Jobster is not a well boy, I think.

The kindest thing is just to ignore him and leave him to his sad obsessive behaviour patterns. Better to not reply or comment, don't even mark him up or down.

It would be better for him if he sought help but I don't suppose he will.
24th Feb 13 04:02

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Friday Lunchtime

jobby ........ does your fantasy world have a name? I can suggest a few if not.
24th Feb 13 02:02

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merkur safety razor

Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your
posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of
my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has
something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!
24th Feb 13 01:02

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fedup

My razor takes multi fit swivel head twin blades that I used to buy from Wilkinsons but in their infinate wisdom or greed they have vanished from the shelves to be replaced with far more expensive brands, I have come to the conclusion that if you find a product that you like you have to buy dozens of them before they get withdrawn from sale.
29th Nov 12 08:11

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Michael

What I want to know is if replacement razor blades - just a few thin slices of sharpened steel - are now so expensive that many shops keep them locked up in little cabinets, how is any country able to afford batleships? Who's kidding whom?
10th Nov 12 04:11

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Jack Hutchison Author of ebook Gypsy's Don't Cry.

Another irritating failing I must add about modern cartridge razors is that they are extremely hard to clean because the blades are fixed too close to the razor. And that creates a problem because the blade gets clogged before you can complete your shave. So...you bin it...and pull another one out of its plastic bag. So come on all you potential Alan Sugars, Richard Bransons and Simon Cowell's.......?
29th Jan 12 05:01

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Jack Hutchison Author of Ebook Gypsies Don't Cry.

Yes. Thanks for that tip Boblet. I haven't looked for a second hand one to use but I'm sure you're right there are thousands about, like old Singer sewing machines Problem is I don't fancy using a second hand razor.
29th Jan 12 01:01

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Boblet

I have a rolls razor knocking about somewhere mine is in an aluminium case you could by them in brass, very posh. Go to your local antique market Jack you will pick one up for a few quid.
27th Jan 12 08:01

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Jack Hutchison Author of Gypsies Don't Cry

Gentlemen. All your gripes are well founded. In the early seventies when I got married, I had a lovely Rolls Razor. What a lovely shave. Day after day. Never a blunt blade. It had a little guard in front of the blade. If you had a pimple, it simply slid over it. I never once cut my self with it. My wife, (ex now by the way, and who, in Scotland would be described as a bampot ) behind my back, threw it away. Its old fashioned she said. Sadly, Rolls Razors, or their equivalent, are no longer made. And yet there is a market for it. Personally, I would be willing to invest a few quid into a company who would start manufacturing them.
27th Jan 12 03:01

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Tim B

The problem with cartridge razors is that the user is 'locked' into buying only that blade for that handle, so you can't mix and match. The problem then is that the big manufacturers can withdraw older cartridge types - twin blades for instance, or step them up to triple blades, before withdrawing them altogether. Then you have to buy their newer system razors which only take its type of cartridge, which will nowadays usually have around 4 or 5 blades - ouch! The solution is to either get bulk supplies of older cartridges from suppliers who still have discontinued stock, or use a double edge razor that takes good old (not literally! razor blades.
13th Jun 11 01:06

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coyotebill11

yeah, I did the same thing and cartridge refills are as high as printer ink. I know, you get 5 cartridges, wow! I guess the road to take is the disposable one.
27th May 11 08:05

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Nately

I would suggest you give up your multi-blade cartridge system and invest in a decent Double Edge safety razor. It is an investment initially as a good DE razor will set you back £20-£40, but you will get your money back on the razor blades as you can get them for 10p - 50p each (depends if you buy bulk) and you will get a much better shave in the process
27th May 11 02:05

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miserablemoaninggit

Even electric shaving isn't really a viable option. Have you seen the price of replacing the blades? Incredible! I bought a Philishave wet n' dry rotary shaver about 2 years ago, and it is now lying unused because I refuse to pay the cost of replacing the rotary blade heads. I think one costs around £12.00 or more in Boots, and a pack of 3 on Amazon is £30.00. Crazy prices. Rip-off Britain!
27th Mar 11 06:03

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Don Draper

Razor blades / shaving is very cheap if you buy quality longer lasting Double Edge products, and not the crap Gillette scam system!

e.g get a Merkur or Edwin Jagger Double Edge razor, and you won't ever need to replace it... and the blades are literally ten times cheaper.

A pack of 100 derby blades here in the UK is £9.90, or £0.09 per blades, whereas if you're lucky you can find a special offer on Gillette Mach 3 blades for about £1.00 per blade!

And the blades last longer.... and the shave itself is MUCH better.
27th Mar 11 02:03

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minervois

Get a book the lot of you, and read about capitalism, britain taught the world how to rob the masses including the usa-Wake up! You probably all voted for thatcher and in turn supported demolishiof the unions which was your only protection; and furthermore you probably also despise the French who get off their asse's and get on the streets to resist things like exploitation of the people. capitalism has it's base in Devils Island>>>>britain
11th Mar 11 11:03

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Mad Men

In most of the ads the boys they use as their models these guys are so young they couldn't grow any kind of beard anyway. When you see them stroking their "clean" chins after a "shave" what they are really trying to do is get their beard to grow by stimulation.
11th Mar 11 11:03

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Minervois

Gillet are american and as is their country's will to eradicate the worlds cultures by employing the dark forces to take all the resources of the world and by the way you are only a resource and a consumer to them. Unbridled exploitation via capitalism is the only thing that makes sense to them, oh and of course will use their military might to bomb kill maim everthing that gets in their way. britain is an aircraft carrier of the usa-wake up
11th Mar 11 11:03

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Cooki

I was floored at the price of the Mach 3 blades .. I called the company and let them know my gripe and that I was going to go and purchase another razor. No WONDER they sent out the razors for free a couple yrs back .. there's always a 'gotcha'.
18th Feb 11 04:02

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Fusion anyone?

If you have a Fusion Power (with the battery) with orange blades you can use the much cheaper Fusion (without the battey) blue blades. They're exactly the same apart from colour. It even says so on the back of the pack!

Also I went to buy some online from Tesco (Fusion) and they were £9.29 a pack. It said the next day they'd be on offer for 2 for £18.50 - which is more expensive! Suprise suprise the individual price has now gone up too.
7th Feb 11 02:02

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Boblet

I bought a bow saw also from China it was useless I took it back to the Asian shop keeper to complain, it was like talking to the wall, there was no set on it & it was made of soft metal. I now go to car boots for my tools, British/American/German/ second hand, in fact anywhere bar China,
7th Feb 11 10:02

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Chorleycake

I have been using the same replacement blades.Morrisons triple blade,for some time and have noticed that I have progressively got less and less shaves per blade.The only explanation that I can come up with is that the manufacturer, presumably in China has been instructed to use softer metal in order that Morrisons can maximise profit.Rip off Britain again?
7th Feb 11 10:02

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trapperwillis

Razor blade manufactures are doing what the gasoline companies are doing, raising prices this is what's called supply and demand they have the supply and you are in demand for their items so if you want the items you pay the price. will this trickle down to other companies? yes I think so
27th Dec 10 06:12

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Savvy

It really is time that an investigation was launched into the quality (they seem to go blunt so quickly) and extortionate price of razor blades. Someone out there is making a super-profit out of us.

I'm seriously thinking about growing a beard.
12th Dec 10 02:12

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Rob

buy a 'proper' double edge razor - better shave and blades 5p each!
16th Nov 10 05:11

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Cocky Dick !!

I don't believe it !! no,,I am not Victor Meldrew .. I am Cecil !! and I have had the same experience yesterday 28.10.2010..at 'Tesco' !.. I am now stuck with 8gillette3 sensor cartridges and will have to find the razor to fit !!. I use the gillette Mach3 razor and picked up the sensor 3 cartridges in error !! similar to the Gentleman above.. Does anybody really care ?? at £ 11.49 for 8 they are not cheap !! Have a nice day !! CSP
29th Oct 10 02:10

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Soapdispenser

See, Hairy Mary's correct; buy the disposable ones and you'll have no bother. Just because some sports people get paid thousands to endorse products doesn't mean you'll be able to pull like Tiger Woods even if you shave like him.
And I'm glad to hear that Hairy Mary's shaved every few days.
12th Oct 10 02:10

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hairy mary

A razors a razor in my opinion, it has blades and use with shaving cream it works. You have to re-shave every 2-3days anyway so to me it makes no odds if I use a disposable or an expensive Gillet one. Like Nike trainers you pay for the name not the trainers so its the same with razors.
12th Oct 10 11:10

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Soapdispenser

I buy them cheap throwaway razors from ASDA 'cos they're dirt cheap and ...well...throwaway, which, let's be honest, Gillette razors are too; you just hope you don't throw them away too quickly.
I expect each cheapy to last 2 or 3 shaves and cost about 30-50p for ten. I shave every day and though I don't have a face like David Beckham's I don't have a wallet like his either. I spent years buying different Gillette/Wilkinson Sword razors to give my frace that freshly-plucked look but with the astronomical p**s-taking prices from these manufacturers have learned to watch my pennies instead.
I have an old Rolls Razor in the house which would have been great except that just cut my face up till Iooked like Boris Karloff .
Am I just a cheapskate??
12th Oct 10 10:10

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LK

Saw the comment from motormotor. I agree on the high cost, and I am interested in buying abroad in larger quantities. Just let me know of your plans.
9th Aug 10 05:08

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macaroni1st

I totally agree with all you say. I was given Gillette Fusion for Christmas and replacement cartridges are astronomical in price. Furthermore Gillette have already lost interest and are pushing another version using batteries Power Fusion.
However did you know you can still get double edged safety razor blades such as Wilkinson sword etc. on the net. I have a Gillette Adjustable safety razor but it seems awfully heavy by comparison with modern cartridge types and of course has afixed head.
3rd Aug 10 09:08

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Jon Buck

Yes very frustrating & very very expensive 4 Gillette Fusion Blades cost me £11 in ASDA razor blades should be like jigsaw blades, as in one fits all Dewalt Bosch etc All have same fittings, Gillette the best a man can get! But @ a Price - They Give a Good Shave Though - jon.buck2@ntlworld.com
2nd Aug 10 04:08

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Q8 Shaver

I 100% agree with the comments on this forum. I cannot believe how expensive Mach 3 razor blades are to replace. I paid 7.87GBP in my local TESCO for 5 recently. And so much for leading supermarkets saying they are cheaper than each other - there is no price reduction/comparison on daily essentials like shaving! Its a complete scam.

I checked out EBay too, but there are a few warnings that you may get a dodgy 'non-Mach 3' set on there. I may switch to a DE razor (will have to learn not to cut my throat first) or indeed disposable ones.
28th Jul 10 10:07

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ronjones3@gmail.com

I have used Gillette Sensor blades for a few years. Why have I suddenly found a the odd one in a park that will just not go blunt.!!
I have had my current 'head' for the past 4 months and it still shaves just fine. I use the old fashioned method of hot water and a shaving brush - none of this spray foam.
13th Jul 10 11:07

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stun

I'd offer to exchange, having made the same mistake myself. Unfortunately, however, I also have a Mach 3 handle and a pack of Sensor blades sitting in my bathroom cabinet doing nothing. Has anyone managed to make the error the other way round?
9th Jul 10 08:07

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motormotor

Anybody up for splitting the cost of a crate of cheap shaver cartridges? going to buy from abroad and after I have been expunged for import duty and VAT they will still be a lot cheaper, I wont say where getting from as the big companies call this cheap stuff "grey imports" ie its perfectly legal but they wish it was made illegal to buy things from anywhere apart from where they want you to.....anybody interested?
6th Jun 10 09:06

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Momster

We're a family of 8 and we switched to wet shaving with DE razors. Honestly, not only are we saving money like mad, we're getting far better shaves than we ever did. ONE blade, ONE swipe, and you're smooth. When they started pushing 3 to 4 blades, we realized we were actually getting worse and worse shaves. It took 3-4 swipes to get my legs smooth. You'll honestly pay for your razor and blade purchase within a year and then laugh at people who still use cartridges and disposables. Your dad and grandpa knew what they were doing. Try it.
14th May 10 08:05

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dazzyd

if you don't shop when you are in a hurry you are not likely to make mistakes. Quite often today people blame their mistakes on everyone else. Firstly don't shop when you are in a hurry; large shops are open 24 hours a day, so surely there is time to shop at your leisure making mistakes less likely. I do agree that manufacturers are in a bit of a cartel when it comes to making incompatible rather than universal product accessories.
Thirdly read the packet!!
5th Mar 10 01:03

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Dave Horne

I agree completely! I have a collection of various systems and am getting tired of this nonsense.

All the best, Dave Horne - The Netherlands
15th Feb 10 04:02

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bazwalk

The original business model of King Gillette ( I kid you not ) was to sell the safety razor cheap and make a killing on the blades. He would be proud of the current management of his company. Printer manufacturers etc. are just copying his model. My advice - shave with a cut throat razor !
12th Feb 10 08:02

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normanfromayr

I agree totally with your comments about the blade scam. I suspect if excessive profit is proven then they should have there asses fined.
Similar to the Printer ink cartridge scam.
The best is the Flash floor cleaner scam, first sell it as a powder.Then add some water then sell it as a concentrated solution. Finally add more water and market it as ready to use. Each time the amount of cleaning product is reduced and the profit increases, you can even market a semi disposable floor mop to use with the spray on liquid.
16th Jan 10 10:01

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gatewayduffer

I have gone back to traditional razor blades cheaper and better, paid strong money for the razor. you can 100 wilkinson sword blades for £10 ish, excellent
9th Dec 09 07:12

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TradRaze

Like others have said. Forget cartridge razors. Get a DE razor. Couple of quid for a pack of 10 and a much better shave.
9th Dec 09 09:12

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seeitcoming

you need the shaving blades, they want your wallet, thats it..
10th Nov 09 01:11

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grumppyoldwoman

I cannot work out what is going on down at sainsburys! half the staff wear a blue uniform and the other half a purple uniform! why can"t they all wear the same uniform !
3rd Sep 09 09:09

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Worcester Shaver

In line with some of the other contributorsI swapped to shaving with a double edge (DE) razor i.e. one like your Dad may have used that takes 'old fashioned' razor blades. These old blades fit numerous handles made by various manufacturers.... and guess what? I get a far superior shave and less skin irritation. The whole shaving experience is a much more pleasurable experience than the daily chore it used to be because I now take my time using a shaving brush and decent shaving cream.

My favourite blades are Personnas. I just bought 50 for £5.60. There's always a catch though! A decent razor and brush will set you back a few quid and if you get hooked you may well find yourself buying more and more kit!
16th Aug 09 10:08

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Max

Razor blades prices are one of my pet hates. They are much too high for what you get and with each new razor model the handle and included blade is inexpensive to get you hooked and then the consumable blade is very expensive.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on that too.
11th Aug 09 04:08

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Jeepster

Had the same problem in the past and its razor rage at 7am when you realise what you’ve done. Fed up with the confusion and the price of blades I have recently purchased a Boots own double edge razor that came with 5 blades. It reminded me of my father’s old razor and the shaving creams and soaps he used to use.
Tried it for the first time yesterday.
I took my time and was surprised first and foremost that I didn't cut myself and how close of a shave I received.
When the boots own brand blades run out I will try a more recognised brand to compare. I know I will save on cost and confusion.
Cost of set up £3.61 !!!!
2nd Aug 09 08:08

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dori

I just sent P&G an angry email because when I went to buy the damn refills they were 13.98 but to buy a razor with holder and refill and 5more refills in a set was 10.50. WTF?!
9th Jun 09 05:06

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No more razor bumps!!

Pull and cut technology of all these cartridge systems is really bad for some people, very irritating for skin. Gone to a double edge safety razor for the first time after 22 years of shaving with Gilette or Wilkinson Sword. Less than 3 weeks later, spots, ingrown hairs and razor burn all gone! Didn't believe the comments about double edge razors until I saw for myself and was sceptical, but was willing to try anything. 1 blade lasts 2 weeks, 1 edge a week, even with very thick beard. Pack of 10 blades £2-£5 depending on make, but similar results for shaving for me. Even with Merkur blades, way cheaper than using 1 cartridge a week on Mach3, which is what I did before!! AND no plastic, except for the small storage the 10 blades, which itself can be recycled!
17th Mar 09 10:03

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A happy Shaver

Try switching to an old style double edge safety razor. look it all up on this website..
badgerandblade.com
May cost more for the initial out lay for all the gear, but when I consider that 100 derby blades cost about £15.
The proper soaps etc.. can last a year or more depends on how much you shave. Then to me that is a major cost saving.. I swapped, and will never go back to the plastic razor with their over inflated prices.
14th Mar 09 11:03

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The Don

I did not know that there were others with the exact same angry frustration as myself. Gillette, as a company you should be ashamed. Beware as ...
9th Mar 09 01:03

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Chris

I've done simillar. Anyone wanna swap some Mach 3 blades for my 10pack Giletet Contour?
razors[at]maggsweb[dot]co[dot]uk
2nd Mar 09 05:03

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Graham 66.

That's exactly why they do it!

Do what the rest of us who have seen the light do, and buy a proper double-edged safety razor from the likes of Merkur or Parker.

Blades are about £2.50 for 10 and last well. You'll also get a much better shave!

Sometimes the old ways are the best.
6th Feb 09 10:02

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grumpyoldwoman

Bought my husband a Philips razor a few years ago for £40. Just tried to buy 3 replacement cutters and found out they would be £42!
So I bought a new razor for £40 instead. Very good environmental policy Philips have!
5th Sep 08 05:09

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Razino

Just buy online. I stopped using Gillette blades for ages, and then a friend told me about the online shop for Gillette Razor Blades, Jazzano.com, and my order arrived in under a week, with free delivery - sweet. Original blades, and way cheaper than buying in tesco. I tried aldi and lidl blades also - a bad mistake - have the scars to proove it.
15th May 08 11:05

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Pognacious

Invest in an old style razor that takes the ubiquitous flat blade. You can pick these up for a very low price and they are simple to change and give very good results
15th May 08 04:05

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ruler

they are all well over priced anyway, none of them are value for money and who cares about a perfect shave? we just wanna shave and not need a morgage to do it.
19th Mar 08 02:03

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sas

Steps to freedom:

1. Decide to take the small step to wearing stubble (which can look quite good)
2. But some clippers (£30 max)
3. Never buy razor blades ever again/replace clippers once every 10 years.
11th Jan 08 05:01

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Pedro

I've spent the best part of a week looking for sensor 3 refils. Non of the big supermarkets stock them, but I found some in Superdrug, only to discover they cost more than their disposable counterparts. How can that me I wondered. Surly the disposables have more plastic and are more complicated to make than the refils? There's some sort of scam going on for sure. Two years ago I was forced to abandon my gillette razor after they discontinued the line. I've been encouraged by what I've read here and will consider going back to the Wilkinson twin razor I used over 20 years ago. I can see what my wife is going to buy me this Christmas !
12th Nov 07 01:11

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Jim

It's a free country (well, until the government get's its way) so if you don't like it, don't buy it! Stop whinging, if high priced razors keep you awake at night, grow a beard and get a life!
15th Sep 07 09:09

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Clean shaver

I used the Tesco twin blade razors these days. They are really cheap, but work very very well. The only downside is that they need a couple of shaves before they really glide. I'd recommend them if you want to save some pennies
7th Sep 07 04:09

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Chris

"Got us by the short and curlies," "blades incompatible with handles, then draws the conclusion that, "this is so that you are forced to buy your blades from THEM and no one else." OF COURSE GILLETTE only want you to buy their stuff, this is competition in the raw matey!

And NO they don't have to make things compatible, if incompatibility makes them a ton and a half of dosh and also keeps you coming back for more! Not only that, they've got you jumping through "hoops" to buy their stuff. Just reflect again on the lengths you've sometimes gone to, to get hold of (expensive) Gillette products. Those boys a Gillette think you should be begging them to send more products over to the UK. And your occasional behaviour gives them good reason to think this. They love this kind of story.

One of their biggest shareholders (W. Buffett) once said he slept a lot easier at night knowing that 2.5 billion men would get up the next morning needing to shave. This is one of the reasons he bought the shares, he loved the simplicity of it. Gillette also had a very strong brand name. For him share price success was a no brainer, he probably waited until the stock market was having a Gillette "share price sale" before buying!

What you have to do is change your obsession with the need for Gillette razors. This means not simply trying something else, it means living with something else, like Gillette didn't exist. I now buy Boots own stuff. I used to be a bit like you, I got fed up with their high prices, sorry Warren!
8th Aug 07 11:08

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crossmama

lkjhfdsa - it annoys me too when people can't spell, your instead of you're, how irritating.
1st Jun 07 09:06

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Ogg

A couple of flint burins manufactured by mesolithics should do you a treat.
12th May 07 10:05

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Keith

Yes, it's rather ridiculous the cartridge prices...So, I have developed a new handle and blade that are equally effective and drastically less expensive. Problem is I can not find a manufacturer for my concept. Does anyone have any idea where I might get something like this manufacturered?
12th May 07 05:05

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Chas

This has happened to me too. I wrongly picked up Sensor 3 cartridges in the local Tesco but did not discover the mistake until after opening the package.when it became unreturnable. On my next visit to Tesco I found they did not even stock the handle and was advised to go to a larger store. I have done this only to find that it too stocks the blades but not the handle. Maybe the handles do not exist and the sensor blade is just a way of doubling sales since you then have to go and get the original Mac 3 blades.
The Gillette packaging does not give any illustration of the handle fitting so you cannot tell until you open the package that you have bought a totally duff product and been conned out of nearly 10 quid. for 8 useless blades.
Definitely the worst a man can get!
An internet search shows that Boots Sainsburys etc do not stock these handles either.
Just what is going on.
With customer care like this Gillette does not desreve any form of customer loyalty.
Wilkinson here I come. Your performance cant be any worse.
23rd Mar 07 11:03

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Shaven and not stirred

Seventy quid??! Dunno where you shop mate. Use an electric shaver...
24th Feb 07 02:02

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Bruce

Just done the same thing but cannot now buy the Sensor 3 shaft, they don't make it anymore, so I'm left with 10 blades that don't fit anything!!!
15th Feb 07 05:02

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dFranco

Smooth Head, razor burn is not caused by ingrown hairs. Razor burn is caused by the blade, or blades(in multiple blade cartridges) scraping the face. Ingrown hairs will give you bumps that may get infected and look like acne.
-The fact is that a properly used double-edge safety razor with a good blade will reduce both razor burn and ingrown hairs and still give you a close and smooth shave. It does take some time to learn the correct method (no pressure, and correct angle of blade so that it cuts the hair, not scrape it off). It also helps to use a good badger or boar brush with quality cream. The goo and foam in the can are not very good for shaving because they're mostly filled with air.
-If you're not ready for a DE razor, stick with the Gillette Sensor (original, not Excel). I have a very nice aftermarket chrome and ebony handle that takes Sensor cartrides, but I buy Personna, Preserve or generic refills instead of Gillette. They're about %40 to %60 cheaper and just as good.
Gillette will never get another penny out of me.
PS. DE blades are very cheap ($15.00 for 100 Derbys in Ebay) and last just as long as a Sensor or Mach 3 cartriges, which for me is about 5 shaves.
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jk12 10-Nov-2005 09:40

Well it's not like this text on the box is small, >>>your<<< just an idiot that likes to complain.

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Please, refrain from calling others 'idiots' when you completely fail at spelling. Thank you.
12th Feb 07 08:02

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primeclick

A couple of months ago I paid $7.50 for 10 Gillette Sensor replacement blades at a local drug store. I went there today and the price was $22.50. F**k you Gillette. Eckert Pharmacy wants $15.99 for the same product over the counter and I see that Shavethis.com (advertised above) has an offer for $12.99. I think I will look around some more before making a decision, but before that I will drag out some of the Wilkson Sword plades I still have from the days when I used a razor that would take interchangeable blades from different brands. Maybe, as mentioned above, the electric razor is the answer? All I know is that at these insulting prices, Gillette is off my good list.
28th Dec 06 10:12

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Ed

I urge everyone to boycott Gillette products as of today because I feel they are extremely expensive for what they are. Prices will come down as demand goes down hopefully.
17th Nov 06 10:11

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J Swift

Go to Gillette website sign up to be a tester...they will then send you free razor blades each month for ever..you must then just simply answer a questionairre about the blades each month....takes about 2 mins..
21st Jun 06 11:06

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michael caine

invest in a cut throat and blade sharpener, nice sexy close shave, and also handy for keeping under your pillow if your husband snores.
28th Mar 06 12:03

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Boz

I just bought a Sensor3 8-blade pack for £9.30 in a Waitrose store - disgraceful price. The blades are blunter than the one from a pack purchased a year ago and that I have been using for more than a month. Either Gillete's quality control is slipping, or they are using a cheaper steel that does not hold its edge sharpness, or they are deliberately trying to encourage us to use the latest model. Anybody know which ?
25th Mar 06 04:03

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Mavis

Just grow a beard like me and stop complaining you nits!
16th Mar 06 04:03

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coyotejack24

Listen close all you mighty shavers. The basics of shaving is in the equipment. You need a good quality brush, good soap or cream, and a good safety razor. Although you may spend a bit immediately, you will save money over the course of a year if you shave everyday. Just look it up on the internet if you don't believe me. There is a reason why our fathers and grandfathers used the tools they did. Shaving was an art, new razors have taught us how to be careless.
15th Mar 06 08:03

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Amos

Grow thine facial hair,long and bushy then,you plonker.
12th Mar 06 01:03

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Itchy&Scratchy

You don't find articles like this until you make the same mistake....like yours truly just did today. (expletive deleted)!!
2nd Mar 06 10:03

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Smooth Head

Double edged razors do indeed have a lot to offer - cheaper, longer lasting and less razor burn. However, the latter benefit is only because the shave isn't as close as modern blades (razor burn is caused by ingrowing hairs). Whatever idiots like JK12 may think, the packaging is not entirely obvious, the blades are way to expensive and the lack of a generic coupling system is a pain for customers. Have you also noticed that blades get more and more expensive and that this cost increase doesn't match inflation? The new Gillete Mach 4 blades are TWICE as much as other blade systems. At this rate, we'll be paying the sam amount for a pack of blades as you do for an electric razor!
10th Feb 06 01:02

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pqlrx

Buy a straight razor, lear to hone and strop and forget all about expensive razor blades.
31st Jan 06 10:01

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GDB

I hate the cost of the damn things. I finally said screw it & bought an old fashioned safety razor like my dad's. The handle was a little expensive, but I can get 10 blades for $3 instead of 4 for $12....AND THE SHAVE IS BETTER!!!! My face isn't raw either!!!!
22nd Dec 05 10:12

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Chapped and Itchy

They are too expensive = I mean how much does a little bit of plastic and metal cost to manufacture ??
23rd Nov 05 03:11

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Del

Agreed,

Also why not buy the replacement blades at the same time,so you know which to buy when needed.
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