# The price of disposable razors

1. Mar 7, 2010

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Wow! I bought what I thought was sixteen blades, for $28. But instead of four cartridges having four blades each, there were only two cartridges. The rest of the bulk was wasteful packaging. That is about$3.50 for each blade. Incredible!!!

2. Mar 7, 2010

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
I wouldn't know!

3. Mar 7, 2010

### gravenewworld

It is a lot more work and takes some practice, but a straight razor is a lot less wasteful, can save money, and gives a better shave once you get good at it.

4. Mar 7, 2010

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
You can also slit your throat.

Is it even possible anymore to get the old style single-blade safety razors? I remember getting a pack of 10 blades for something like a buck or two. Granted, that was a long time ago, but inflation can't account for that big of a difference.

ZZ Top is [are] looking better every day.

5. Mar 7, 2010

### brewnog

This is why tramps have beards (no offence, Integral).

6. Mar 7, 2010

### Galteeth

That's surprising. I thought the ministry of plenty had said that due to a surplus in production, the razor ration would be tripled.

7. Mar 7, 2010

8. Mar 7, 2010

### leroyjenkens

I got 15 single blade disposable razors for like 2 dollars at Wal-Mart. I use each one like 6 times and I only shave about once a week.

9. Mar 7, 2010

### MotoH

Do you have a Gillette Fusion? They rape you on replacement blades, but you can get whole boxes on ebay for the cheap! Something like 100 packages for 50 bucks

10. Mar 7, 2010

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
Not something that I worry about.

Nor shaving cream.

11. Mar 7, 2010

### DaveC426913

I am in full agreement. The price of replacement blades is tantamount to highway robbery.

And to add insult to injury, your razor will go obsolete in a year, and blades will no longer be available. You wil be forced to buy a new razor and forced to buy their new blades.

12. Mar 7, 2010

### rootX

Can't you get them from Dollar Store? or 50 cents Store?

13. Mar 7, 2010

Likewise with printer ink cartridges. I recently bought a new Canon MP560 combination inkjet printer / scanner / copier for about $100. It came with a set of ink cartridges, of course. To prepare myself for when those run out, I ordered another set from amazon.com... for about$54. Either the printer is actually worth $46, or the cost of the cartridges contains a subsidy for the price of the printer. I suspect the latter. It's a very nice printer for light-duty use such as I have at home, by the way. It runs rings around my old HP Deskjet and Canon flatbed scanner that I bought about ten years ago for$200 and $150 respectively. And it has wireless connectivity which neither of the old units had. 14. Mar 7, 2010 ### gravenewworld Absolutely NOT. I bought a pack of razors from a dollar store once before I started using a straight razor. Absolutely terrible. You get what you pay for. The blades were not sharp at all and I was almost crying while trying to shave with them because the blades would simply pull at each individual hair on my face rather than cut it. 15. Mar 7, 2010 ### rootX Black ones work perfect for me. Blue ones don't. (I don't know their names but just remember them by color). For 1$, I get 1 razor and 5 blades.

16. Mar 7, 2010

### dlgoff

Easy fix

17. Mar 7, 2010

### edward

I usually buy blades at Costco. They are still too blasted expensive considering how cheap they are to manufacture.

I went into a Walgreen's the other day to pick up a prescription. While I was there I decided to buy a small carton of blades to tide me over.

They blades were kept in a locked cabinet and I had to find a clerk to open it.

18. Mar 7, 2010

### VeeEight

Do you get a close shave with that? I've only ever used electric razors for a quick touch up, but I would like to own one if you can get a close shave with it.

19. Mar 7, 2010

### dlgoff

Works good for me.

20. Mar 7, 2010

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
I can't use electric razors. For some reason they just don't get along with my face. It is almost impossible to get a clean shave.

I have been using the Gillette Atra for decades. I hate to use the disposable types where the entire handle and blade are discarded, but maybe that't all that's left. No way will I continue to pay \$3.50 per blade. As Dave mentioned, that IS highway robbery.

Hypatia, have you tried those? Note the complaints about "pulling hair". I too have used cheap ones that left my face feeling like a piece of hamburger. [I assume that legs and pits are just as tender as faces when it comes to shaving]

What I was thinking of was the old metal handle and blade holder that took a simple two-edge razor blade. Those were the standard when I was young and they had very little throw-away material. I don't think I've seen one like that for at least 20 years.

Last edited: Mar 7, 2010