Gillette Charging An Extra $5 For One Additional Razor Blade?

Reader Jordan says that Gillette is adding a razor blade to their 4-pack. And raising the price $5.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Target, and I saw that all of their Mach 3 cartridges were on clearance. As a Mach 3 user, I was kind of concerned as to what was going on. I hoped that they weren’t discontinuing the Mach 3 and Mach 3 turbo and forcing everyone to buy their newest razor.

Last night I was at the grocery store and wandered down the shaving aisle, and lo and behold, Mach 3 razors now only come in a 5-pack. Not only that, the price has been jacked way up. A 4-pack of Mach 3 turbo blades was about $8.99. The new 5-pack costs $13.99. So they give you one extra razor for 5 bucks. Thanks, Gillette. I am now switching to Schick.

Ouch.

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  1. strangeffect says:

    My father, a wise man, once said:

    “Whoever is running Gillette should be dragged into the street and shot”*

    *not an actual threat

  2. silencedotcom says:

    @strangeffect: Too late. Your IP address is being logged right about…. now.

  3. strangeffect says:

    @silencedotcom: well shit.

  4. BugMeNot2 says:

    165.84.102.41

    Homeland Security has been notified.

  5. R3PUBLIC0N says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Change to a double edge safety razor. Can’t beat less than 15 cents a blade.

  6. BensAngel says:

    What’s Gillette’s response Meg?

  7. catskyfire says:

    @R3PUBLIC0N: Bah. Go to a straight razor. A good one and a leather strop, and you’ve got a lifetime of use!

  8. tvh2k says:

    @catskyfire: Why stop there? I shave each morning with an ax before heading out to catch the day’s food.

  9. dhemke says:

    @catskyfire – I like my throat intact, thanks.

  10. not_kosher says:

    Gilette has a monopoly on razors. That’s what allows them to charge these rediculous prices. Switch to a straight razor and save yourself the hassle.

  11. JackHandey says:

    Tips to getting at least 2 X the life out of your razor:
    1. Wipe the blade clean and dry when you are done.
    2. Do not store blades in a humid environment.
    3. Store blades in oil when not in use (I use olive oil and wipe the blade with isopropyl alcohol before and after putting it in the oil to kill any bacteria that might be present.)

    I only started this recently and don’t know if #3 is necessary. My methods are relatively unscientific, but I typically shave until long after the ‘indicator strip’ has completely worn down.

  12. ARVash says:

    @catskyfire Rest assured, the moment I stop seeing Mach 3 turbo on the shelves. I’ll be using a traditional barber’s razor..

  13. To be fair, that fifth razor cartridge is hand-crafted from solid expensivium by Swiss engineers in space. I’d say five bucks is a good price.

  14. ChuckECheese says:

    You might consider buying your razor blades online, say, at Amazon. Theirs are still $7.99 for a 4-pack.

    @JackHandey: Do you baby your baby as much as you baby your razor blades?

  15. Ausarb says:

    I still buy the 20 pack of Schick 2 blad Excel razors since I can’t get over the feeling like they are simply trying to change an existing good thing just enough to make you think you need the new version.

  16. Jericho114 says:

    Damnit, now their just tryin to get us to buy into their “new” octablade, vibrating, self lubricating razor which costs 49.99.

    I stick it to the man by using the same razor one year minimum at a time, I need to shave about every other to every day, but the blades don’t seem to dull.

  17. Odwalla says:

    This isn’t really a fair comparison. Health & Beauty goods are some of the highest margin items in a grocery store. That stuff always costs more in a supermarket than it does in a big-box retailer or a warehouse club. The poster should go back to Target and see what the cost of a 5 pack of blades is there. I’m sure it will be more than the old 4 pack, but I doubt it will be $5 more.

  18. MisterE says:

    I guess I’ll stick to using tweezers to pluck the stubble out.

  19. ChuckECheese says:

    @Odwalla: Good call–you’re right. Somehow I overlooked that this is 2 different retailers. Only trust-funders buy their razors at Kroger. Trustafarians don’t buy razors at all. I confess about 18 months ago I bought a Fusion. It is a very smooth and easy shave, but it is also overkill.

  20. luvlyssa says:

    MisterE…
    Oh.my.sweet.jeebus.
    I’m a girl, I shave, I wax, I pluck,… and watching this made me promise to my boyfriend that I would NEVER threaten to pluck his eyebrows again. I… ouch

  21. linedpaper says:

    this is why i stopped shaving and grew a beard. i do plan on shaving it off this summer and for that i will be using a 1950′s safety razor. the blades are cheap and you can find used razors on ebay as low as $10.

  22. Actually I’ve been wondering: is it a better deal in the long run to switch from disposable razors to one with cartridges?

  23. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

    @JackHandey:

    I only started this recently and don’t know if #3 is necessary.

    It’s not. I started the “clean razors last longer” program about four months ago with a cheap disposable triple blade razor (10 bucks for a pack of 10 on sale in Target) , and I’m still using the first one.

    I don’t even wipe it off – the key is to keep it DRY. So after I use it I put it in front of the blow dryer for about 30 seconds.

  24. vastrightwing says:

    Switch to BIC

  25. dandd says:

    Too bad Schick razors suck! I tried their quattro thing and I must say that the Mach 3 turbo is much much better. Razors are ungodly expensive, but its either use a cheap razor and tear the hell out of your face or pony up the dough and get some good ones.

    I myself only shave around 3 times a week. Five o’clock shadow ftw.

  26. irfan says:

    nows a good time for you guys to try the Schick Xtreme 3. I switched 3 years ago, never looked back. $11 for 8 disposables with decent handles, $5-8 for a pack of 8 refills if you like the refills

  27. courtarro says:

    @tvh2k: Thanks, I nearly spit all over my monitor after reading that. Well done, sir.

  28. spamtasticus says:

    I stopped buying razors a long long time ago. I use a barbershop grade clipper and just sport the tight stubble look. But then again I own my company so it’s not really fair. I do know that humidity is your razor’s worst enemy. Here is a fantastic tip that works like a charm. After you are done shaving and washing your razor (foreign matter and moisture accelerate oxidation at the microscopic level) just blowdry it then put it outside the bathroom. Bathrooms with showers are the worst place for your razor. Put the little clip stand they come with on the wall of the linnen closet or somwhere else and they will last you 10 times longer.

  29. catskyfire says:

    @tvh2k: A manly man!

    …Just make sure you sharpen that axe before you shave.

  30. OnionFan says:

    related item from The Onion

    “[Screw] Everything, We’re Doing Five Blades”

    link:

    [www.theonion.com]

  31. Seriously, I get a million times better shave w/ my 1959 Gillette safety razor than with any of the other razor systems out there. Just think about this. The first blade cuts hair, and also scrapes off the shaving foam. What lubricates the next blades? The lube strip AFTER the blades pretty much just soothes the burn that’s going to come. With a safety, there is only one blade. And for ~.15 a blade, which lasts about 4 shaves, you can’t beat it. True, it takes longer, but it’s so much better in the end. I can get a smooth face, and w/ no burn or irritation. Sometimes we were better off with the antique tech. Remember Cast Iron? The non-chemical laced cookware that is really non-stick? I do. I replaced all of my t-fal(except the big pot for boiling pasta) w/cast iron, and I would never go back. I have a 2007 brother and a 1950 singer sewing machine. Guess which one does a better job?

  32. snowpuff says:

    Hard to blame Gillette for the massive increase in costs from the economy.

    But easy to blame them for the massive margins they already had on the razors.

    Keep the razor in mineral oil when you’re not using it. The oil helps give you a better shave and will extend the life of the razor 2 to 3 times. You can find mineral oil near the laxatives and stomach medication.

    Incidentally, never buy baby oil. It is just mineral oil with fragrance for considerably more money. The ingredients will even say: mineral oil, fragrance.

  33. Antediluvian says:

    I still like my Sensor razors. I usually buy the generic CVS version that fits the Sensor handles. Works well for me.

  34. ezacharyk says:

    I just use the disposable Target brand three blade razor.

    I used to use the Mach 3, but then started to not be able to afford them. That is when I switched.

    The Target ones work just as well as the Mach 3, but they are unfortunately not as easy to clean.

    I was told that you could use peppermint oil to extend the life of your razors, but I haven’t tried.

  35. M3wThr33 says:

    Check Target for the price. Don’t go from one store to a SUPERMARKET then be surprised when a non-food item is jacked up in price.

  36. lightaugust says:

    Not to mention Gillette should be rung up for the ‘give away the razor, then screw them on the blades’ business model they’ve invented. I curse the Gillette name everytime I buy a cartridge for my 50$ printer/scanner/copier/espresso maker and a head for my electric toothbrush.

    Although there was a nice article that said you can extend the life of razors merely by drying them out every time as well.

  37. Landru says:

    I still use my Gillette Sensor. eBay has the blades cheap. I only buy at the store when I have to. I buy in big quantities, so I forget to buy them sometimes when I run out. Half price or better on eBay.

  38. 46and2 says:

    makes it all the easier to make the jump to a self cleaning electric!…bye bye gillette your products suck anyways who needs a quintuple bladed razor

  39. specialed5000 says:

    I’m reminded of this classic Onion article:

    [www.theonion.com]

    Warning! As with many Onion articles, it’s pretty potty mouthed, but hilarious.

  40. MercuryPDX says:

    @JackHandey: That’s an indicator strip? I thought it was extra lubricant of some sort. I just keep mine dry, shave every other day, and they seem to last a while.

    Is it just me, or has there not been ONE comment about electric razors as an alternative in this thread. That says alot.

  41. loueloui says:

    One of my favorite ways of saving on blades is to buy the disposable packages of the same brand, and just use the blades. I can buy a 5 pack of Mach3 Turbo disposable razors for $3.97 at Walmart, and the ONLY difference, besides $5 is that they have a cheap plastic handle attached.

    There is a small plastic tab on the handle, when you bend this down (it takes 2 seconds, I use a toothbrush handle) you are left with a worthless handle, and a regular Mach3 Turbo blade that fits perfectly on your razor.

    For some reason the markup on disposables is not as much. I am assuming it’s because people won’t pay more for them.

  42. CubFx says:

    Like several of the users who posted before, I switched to a straight razor.

    I think that straight razors have gotten a bad rap (Sweeny Todd doesn’t help). I knicked myself the first time, but have not since. Once I payed attention to how I was doing it, and stopped trying to apply pressure to the blade (as you have to with modern razors), I found it to be a very comfortable, very close shave.

    I have two razors, one that requires stropping, and one that uses disposable blades. The one that uses disposable blades requires a change every couple of week (of use), and the replacement blades are around $0.20 USD. The other one you just strop it before/after the shave and it is always good to go. (I bought the one with disposable blades first, then later bought the a very nice German made one.)

    Not only is the shave cheaper, but I also have fewer skin irritations (“shaving” bumps, ingrown hairs, etc). I highly recommend the switch.

    If you want to see the correct procedure for shaving with a straight razor, just search youtube for “straight razor”, and you will find a number of videos. A google search turns up a number of interesting websites as well.

    Happy Shaving.

  43. mgy says:

    @tvh2k: A CLEAN-SHAVEN MOUNTAIN-MAN, YOU SAY? I challenge you to a spittin’ contest.

  44. kalikidtx says:

    @loueloui: wow really thats awesome, im going to have to look into this, thanks!

  45. ChrisC1234 says:

    You know, I noticed the same thing. The packs were on clearance at my local Target too. Now, typically, I buy the blades in bulk at Sams Club because they’re cheaper (YES, I know I’m going to burn in hell for this, but it saves me a few bucks). BUT, when I saw the blades on clearance at Target, I bought every one they had. I bought a year’s worth of blades at half price (now, the 4 packs that I bought were kinda pricy befroe the discount, but at Target’s half off clearance price, I came away saving a decent chunk of change… and it’s not like I won’t use the things).

    SO… they can charge more, because Target puts the old ones on clearance :) and I save money for a while.

  46. redfork says:

    i have never been happier since switching to the Target brand triple blade razor. plus, they seem to last longer than the name brands. long live Target!!!

  47. bluewyvern says:

    Lately everywhere I go I keep hearing people extolling the virtues of straight razors and urging guys to switch. Are they any good for women? What are we to do if we don’t want to spend a fortune on blades?

  48. allthatsevil says:

    This is the reason drug stores keep razor cartridges under lock and key. Not because they’re afraid some dumb teenager will buy them to try and kill themselves, but because they don’t want frugal people stealing them. They’re so incredibly overpriced, no one wants to pay that much for a shave. Have you ever noticed the cartridge boxes have security strips inside them?

  49. larkknot says:

    I buy the disposable venus razors for myself AND my boyfriend – 5 bucks for a 4 (sometimes a 6!) pack of razors with handles that are exactly the same as the replace-the-blade version. At a supermarket. Each razor… well, if I’m the only one using one of these things, it lasts a month. My boyfriend using them cuts the useful time to about a week and a half. He doesn’t clean them off and the leftover scum of soap and dead skin cells seems to cause the blades to dull quickly. Ew.

  50. Leisureguy says:

    I use a regular double-edged safety razor. I get about 4-5 shaves from each blade, which costs 11.5¢. And I get a better shave than I ever did with a cartridge razor. More info here.

  51. mikemar42 says:

    Merkur Classic + Feather High Stainless Platinum blades

    10 blades for 5.99 thats what a shave should cost.

  52. past says:

    …or we can stop bitching about the price of razors and grow our beards!

  53. quail says:

    The DE razor is a good choice. What I did for years before going that route was to use no name brand razors for my old Gillette Sensor Razor handle. You won’t find the no name brands at Wal-Mart, Target, and their ilk. You need to go to the grocery store or drug store. Some no names are awful. Others are almost comparable to Gillette’s brands. They’re worth looking for and I still use them when I travel. Would hate the thought of losing my $50 Merkur handle.

  54. armydrummer says:

    Storing the razor in oil works well, but honestly, for the best/closest shave, you need to replace the blades after 3-4 shaves.

    Invest in some good shaving product. Get a good brush, and use some shaving oil as well.

    [www.theartofshaving.com] has some really awesome stuff that I use. Expensive, but in my opinion worth it. I shave every morning for duty, so I’ve got really sensitive skin.

  55. joebobfunguy says:

    After Gillette got bought out a few years ago, the quality was crap almost immediately. The metal on the new blades actually looked different than a pack I had from before.

  56. LatherRinseRepeat says:

    I think this new 5-pack might have something to do with the new Mach 3 disposable razors. Those come in a 3-pack and are somewhat cheaper.

    Also, Costco sells the Mach 3 and Fusion cartridges in bulk for a decent price.

  57. LUV2CattleCall says:

    Too bad that that save-a-blade thing is worthless….

    You can pick up a Braun self-cleaning unit for $139… I bought a Braun Pulsonic for $200 with the Bed/Bath/Beyond 20% of thing and will never look back.

  58. bstewart23 says:

    Schick is no better, I’m afraid, at providing customers with a good product at a good price: [bstewart23.com] (warning: swears).

  59. realist.com says:

    omg!

    Supply and Demand FTW!!!

    sometimes I wonder if any of you understand some of the basic laws of economics.

    here is like rule 3 or 6 or somthing

    If people will pay it…Charge it

    no company needs to be nice

  60. realist.com says:

    @Landru: I would never buy anything that regulary can make contact with my blood on ebay

  61. @bluewyvern: Perhaps not a straight razor, but a nice DE(Double Edge) safety razor would be great for you. The safety razors have a bar on each side that help prevent cuts by keeping the razor edge recessed. There is a specific Lady model made by Gillette. Here’s a review. [reviews.ebay.com]

  62. @realist.com: Sealed razor blades on eBay are just as safe as ones you would by in the store. Because as we’ve all seen in articles on Consumerist, stores always maintain a level 5 clean room standard.

  63. @realist.com: And if you’re drawing that much blood when you shave, perhaps you may need to improve your technique.

  64. bluewyvern says:

    @Git Em SteveDave: Thanks, but that review says that they’re “not properly designed to shave women’s legs”…it’s talking about how great they are for men.

    Maybe there’s something else out there, though.

  65. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @ChuckECheese: How do you shave with a Ford Fusion?

  66. realist.com says:

    @Git Em SteveDave: somehow I doub’t the Chinese made knock offs that you see for sale that look real (probably the ones that end up on ebay) maintain that standard.

  67. stephenjames716 says:

    once or twice a year I have my fiancee’s mother pick me up a 30 pack of mach 3 razors at sam’s club for $25…can’t beat it.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Razors and hearing aids are highly overpriced. What a racket.

  69. @realist.com: Well, recently Consumerist had a story about how a lot of shoplifted blades were being sold on eBay. And let’s be honest, current US stuff doesn’t have that high of standards.

  70. @catdogpigduck: WHAT?!?! Speak up!

  71. coreyk72 says:

    @doctor_cos: How do you shave with a Ford Fusion?

    Verrry carefully.

  72. JustinAche says:

    Yea, gonna have to say DE razor all the way…I picked up a $ 15 Feather Portable (it just breaks down in a case, nothing special), I use the cheap Walmart blades, I have a cheap boar brush and use cheap mug soap (both from Walmart)…and with all that cheap stuff, I still get a better shave than I did from my Fusion, spend less, and the soap smells better than any shaving cream. Sometimes I’ll splurge and get some high end blades (Feathers or equivalent) if I have to go to a wedding or something.

    Oh, and my grandmother still shaves her legs with a DE razor, so women can use them

  73. bravo says:

    I used a double edge safety razor, which runs me around $.20 per blade, and each blade lasts as long as a Mach 3 blade, but for those who aren’t so bold, there is also the option of cryogenically tempered blades from [www.greatrazors.com]

    I used to buy Mach 3 blades from them before I switched to the old school safety razor, and they literally lasted FOREVER. They buy Mach 3 blades off the shelf and freeze them down to -300 degrees, which for some reason makes the metal in the blades REALLY strong and durable. I don’t understand the science behind it, but I can tell you that it definitely works. Each blade would literally last me months in terms of sharpness (I didn’t shave everyday at the time, was a college student). I would guess that I got AT LEAST 20 shaves out of each cryogenically tempered blade, possibly more.

  74. FangDoc says:

    On the women’s side, I know I’ll draw fire for this, but my solution is the good old Epilady. I’ve been using mine for 18 years now, and most of my leg hair doesn’t even grow back anymore (apparently I’ve finally scarred the follicles permanently shut.)

    My original one from 1989 finally burned out about 4 years ago and I bought a replacement on Ebay. Apparently Epiladies only exist in two states: burned out and used once.

    Sure beats paying thousands for laser hair removal!

    For underarms, Intuition FTW.

  75. freshyill says:

    @LatherRinseRepeat: Costco is the only place I’ll buy them. 16 Fusion blades is something like $32, and 16 Mach 3 blades is something like $28. Not bad at all.

  76. doogie68 says:

    I tried to submit a story on this subject several months ago to consumerist, but no interest, so I’ll post this here:

    Look into Cryogenically frozen razor blades.

    There are several companies providing this product. One that I’ve used is http:/greatrazors.com . There are others. Basically, they take an unopened box of Gillette or Schick razors, briefly put them in a freezer that reduces their temperature to -300 degrees (F or C, not sure). They then bring them back to room temperature. This act of cryogenically tempering the blades literally makes them last 3 to 4 times as long. The price is marginally higher than what you’d pay for the regular blades in the store. I highly recommend them. I’m sick of Schick and Gillette exploiting their customers.

  77. TheBigLewinski says:

    I have found the key to long life in razor blades, you have to use the right shaving cream. Years ago I used to use cheap ass shaving cream like Barbasol and my blades would last for 2 weeks. I changed to “EDGE”, you know the gel based shaving cream and voila, my blades last me more than 2 months (I use the mach 3.) I often change my blade after two months just because I think I should, I bet I could get 4 – 5 months out of a single blade.

    I believe that there is an ingrediant in most shaving creams that attach the metal in the blade and dulls it over a short period of time. After all, lots of the shaving creams are made by the razor manufacturers. Edge is made by SC Johnson.

    Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  78. TheBigLewinski says:

    oops, correction B4 the grammer police catch me. LOL

    I believe that most shaving creams contain an ingrediant that attacks the metal in the blade and dulls it over a short period of time.

  79. sir_eccles says:

    Double edged safety razors ftw!

    Also, it’s important to find a cream or gel that you like and works with your skin. I like King of Shaves gels.

    Finally, razor blades are one of the most counterfeited items out there. If you open up a new blade and find it rips your face it is probably fake. It doesn’t matter where you buy them Ebay or a major store who sourced a supply on the grey market.

  80. thepassenger says:

    @irfan: I use the Schick Xtreme III too. I’ve been buying them for years, and much prefer them to anything Gillette makes. I wish Costco carried them in bulk packs, but I have been able to find some good deals on multiple-cartridge packs on Amazon (look for the seller Razors Direct).

  81. MeOhMy says:

    Once I started shaving in the shower with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap I learned that I can pretty much get a good shave with a butter knife. I grow my beard during the cold months so between the shower/soap and less surface area to shave, I go through 2-3 blades in a year, even with the Fusion blades.

  82. jeblis says:

    Last time I checked the fusion power blades were more expensive than the fusion non-power blades. The only difference: color

  83. Bernie530 says:

    I know I’m repeating posts, but razor blades are a ripoff!

    I purchase something like 112 blades for my Mach 3 on eBay for around $130. I don’t remember the exact price, because I only need to purchase one a year!

  84. BugMeNot2 says:

    @not_kosher:

    Do you know what a monopoly is? How does Gilette have a monopoly on razors?

    @Git Em SteveDave:

    Cast iron is good, but some instances an aluminum skillet or pan works better. Different tools for different jobs and all that. You wouldn’t try to use the same screwdriver for every job, why would you try to use the same skillet or saucepan for every cooking task?

    As far as razor blades, I usually get 10 or 12 shaves per blade with my Mach3, but I also dry shave after warming my skin to soften the hairs and tighten the skin.

  85. AMetamorphosis says:

    I shave my head every other day and only use disposable razors.
    My trick to saving $$$ is USE COUPONS and not be brand loyal …

    There really isn’t much of a difference between all of these brands … 8 blades, 9 blades … whatever.

    I tend to spend about 50 – 75 cents on each razor and they last about 2 – 3 weeks.

    Oh, and as other posters mentioned, DRY them off and they DO last about 2x as longer …

  86. rjhiggins says:

    So, he saw the new, higher-priced package at a *different* store than where he saw the cheaper four-pack. And based solely on that he’s ready to boycott Gillette and e-mail Consumerist. And Consumerist just slaps it online without any further pricing at other retailers, checking with Gillette, etc.

  87. kable2 says:

    I dont use shaveing cream or aftershave.

    just water and the razor.

    / am I the only one?

  88. jeblis says:

    @kable2: No. There’s a whole group of people who believe in “The Great Shaving Cream Consipracy”

    Whatever it costs like 2 cents a shave.

  89. ChuckECheese says:

    @doctor_cos: I just run it over my face a few times. Har har. I’m talking about the Gillette Fusion, the most overwrought razor yet. There’s five blades in them razors.

  90. ChuckECheese says:

    @kable2: I use soap, unless I’m too lazy to lather, when I’ll use water.

  91. stubblyhead says:

    @R3PUBLIC0N: I will second this. You can find an old safety razor handle at thrift or antique stores for a few dollars, and after a good cleaning and sanitizing, you’re ready to go. Shoot, you can get a brand new Merkur DE handle for about $35, which is the same price as about a dozen cartridges these days. Add in a shaving brush and a tube of Proraso, and you’ll never go back.

  92. kable2 says:

    I just never bothered with any soaps or creams, I dont find that my skin gets sore or anything. I just wet my face and the razor and shave (rinsing and tapping the hairs out of the razor into the sink).

    I only use disposable ones and I find I get like 2 weeks from a razor before it starts to dull out.

  93. kable2 says:

    test

  94. Bryan Price says:

    I’d go with an electric if it wasn’t for the fact that I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t manage to yank the beard out of my face instead of actually cutting it.

  95. ELC says:

    @BensAngel I’ve been following and using Gillette blades a long time. EVERY time they come out with a new blade (more blades per head) they try to force all their customers to use that by reducing the availability of the existing ones, or packaging them together so that you have to buy a new one. I’m using the basic two-blade with glide strip I’ve been using for years – praying they don’t finally discontinue them. their Mach and quattro simply do not provide a better shave in my case, and cost more money. But YES, they keep jacking the price, and the price never seems to stay consistent. Unfortunately, I’ve never found a blade that cuts as close or as well as Gillettes, even though I’ve tried several others. It sucks to either buy Gillette, or have a cut up face.

  96. ELC says:

    Oh, one more thing. I used to only be able to use a blade 3 times, then I’d have to switch to make sure they stayed super sharp (always clean and dry them). I had to do this b/c I have serious issues with curly hair on the face, which leads to bumps. Dealt with this for YEARS – until I found [www.tendskin.com]

    If you have this problem, I promise you this will help. But make sure you use it for 2-3 weeks, EXACTLY like the directions say, to give it time to do its magic. Now, I can use my blades much longer than I use to use them.

    If I could see this stuff I would – it’s that good! Oh, the small bottle lasts me a year, easily. Usually need to replace it before it’s used up b/c it really does stop working after it’s expiration date.

  97. HeartBurnKid says:

    @tvh2k:
    He’s a maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!
    Such a maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! (Such a man!)
    He’s a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal, reeeeeeeeeeeal man’s maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

    On a serious note, if you don’t mind buying in massive bulk, you can find good deals on razor cartridges on eBay.

    (Big fan of the Gilette Sensor Excel — not so much of the prices for cartridges).

  98. joerdie says:

    Am i the only person here that just uses a cheap electric? I hate shaving way more than having a 5:00 shadow. I don’t even buy replacement blades for it, just throw it out every two years or so when it breaks.

  99. avconsumer says:

    Seriously – as mentioned – double edged safety razor. Last longer, cheaper, classier (imo). Don’t fall for the 17 blades on one razor schtick. Takes a few times to get used to, but you’ll never go back.

  100. mdot says:

    I use a double edged safety razor myself. It takes a little while to learn the proper technique because we are so used to the modern razors that are idiot proof. Once you get the hang of it though, they are much more gentle on your face and provide a much closer shave. The trade-off is you have to make two or more passes.

    As far as the length of time a blade lasts, it doesn’t just depend on dryness, impurities, etc. Your beard (or hair for the ladies) also plays a part. The thickness and coarseness of your hair will wear a blade differently. A man with a thick beard will wear blades out quicker than a guy that is just shaving his lip and chin. If you have coarse hair (thick individual hairs) like me watch out, you are doomed to dull blades quickly for the rest of your life. Coarse hair dulls blades faster than anything else.

    @Leisureguy – Hey, I know you from shavemyface.com!! I remember when your book was just a living blog post. Look at you now…I’m so proud. :-)

  101. @BugMeNot2: I do have a selection of cast iron pans, such as a 12 inch skillet, as well as a 10 inch chefs w/sloped sides, and also a 6 inch for single items. There are few things I bring the T-fal out for. Mostly it’s for boiling things like soup or water. The big problem I have is no heat retention and also if you try to get them hot, the teflon starts smoking off. I won;t even go near the fact that they added a component of teflon to the same list as mercury in terms of nasty health effects and removal from consumer goods.

  102. NoLongerInUse says:

    Amazon Prime, larger boxes, use the shopping service to save another 15%.

    I shave my head.

    /Razors are cheaper than Rogaine
    //and more effective

  103. oneTee says:

    Duane Reade – I just had to pay $17 f#$ing for a 4 pack. i was not happy.

  104. PauseBreak says:

    Prices go up when oil goes up. Plastics are made from petroleum. Transportation costs, costs for the stores to turn on lights, heat, A/C, etc.

    Stop buying into the mindset that everything needs to be “disposable” or it’s in some way “better”. Disposable just means for crap for the landfill.

    Be a man (or a woman), grow a pair, and get a real DE or straight razor. The Machusion crap they try to sell you on is not worth the box it ships in.

  105. HeartBurnKid says:

    @PauseBreak: Double-edged blades are disposable too.

    And there is no way on Earth that a cutthroat razor goes anywhere near my neck. Call me a pussy if you want.

  106. joebar says:

    err ebay… I got 40 Mach 3 cartridges for like 50 bucks a couple months ago.

    I should really try my straight razor again though..

  107. yetiwisdom says:

    @MisterE: Good god that is painful to watch.

    I may just try the safety razor technique although I consider the sweet caress of my Gillette Fusion one of the more sublime perks of my station in life, regardless of the cost.

  108. hejustlaughs says:

    stock up now before they come out with six blades.