My new favorite shaving guru, Mantic59, pointed out a UK article about the insane markup on disposable blade cartridges. We all know these 3, 4 and now 6 blade cartridges are expensive ($2-$3 or more in the states), but did you know how much they cost to produce? Here’s the price in British Pounds, which isn’t far off the US Dollar equivalent:
The article says it costs just 5p (around 8-10 cents) per cartridge to produce, but Proctor & Gamble (who now owns Gillette) urged its retailers not to lower the price of the cartridges. It seems the retailers complied due to the large profit they reap on the sale.
That’s why I’m trying out wet shaving with a traditional double-edge safety razor, where the razors cost just 20-50 cents each (depending on quality and bulk pricing). I’m still working on not bleeding to death, but I’m getting better with each shave, and love the smell of warm, scented lather much more than the shave gel out of the can. Special thanks to reader Stu for sending me his old 1957 Gillette safety razor, a sample pack of different DE razor brands and a tube of Derby shave gel! I don’t think I would have known where to start without him! As a note, I bought the Tweezerman badger hair brush from Amazon for a great price.
So if you’re tired of spending wads of cash on disposable, overpriced cartridges, consider shaving the way your grandfather shaved and try out a safety razor! Check out Mantic59’s YouTube channel for instructional videos to get started.
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