My Shaving Razors cost $68,000?

The evolution of the razor blade over the last couple decades has left a wake… that wake is a better, easier shave than other cheap disposables, yet with astronomical costs.  This article will blast you with the potent details:

Mach 3 cartridges cost $25 for 10 cartridges,
and $10 to get the Mach 3 handle.
They do shave great…

As the title of the article says, these blades can cost you up to $68,000 over a lifetime, a disgusting amount, and we’ll dive into the numbers, but first, are there better alternatives?  Many say, absolutely…

A cheaper alternative to the Mach 3, that some people consider to give a better shave, is the old fashion Double EdgeSafety Razor.  Yes, it’s old school and apparently it never stopped being awesome:

(This DE Safety Razor handle was randomly chosen from the internet at: www.westcoastshaving.com)

Since the Gillette Mach 3 was invented, it has become many guy’s razor of choice.  However, the high price has led to a few problems.  In fact, the cost is so high (and the package so small) that Mach 3 cartridges are considered the most shoplifted product of all times.  Some stores began locking these blades up to prevent sticky-fingers.

However, since the Mach 3 was developed the price has almost quadrupled… it’s a sin of course, but they have you by the chin hairs, because their disposables are just better.

I’ve asked around to see how long other people are using the Mach 3 cartridges.  The answer was staggered: some guys grab a new one every 3 days.  Others hold out for 10 days.  I personally found that after the 10 day period, the Mach 3 presents a small bit of hair snagging, but develops a re-sharpness if you make it through that break-in period which lasts about 4-5 days.  Believe it or not, I can use a Mach 3 cartridge for up to 2-3 months, and I only throw them away when the need is ridiculously obvious.  Yes, I’m a grown man with a fairly thick beard.  Am I just as tough as Rambo? Yes, but it’s not like shaving with an older cartridge is making me chomp at the bit. Some guys have extremely closely placed beard hairs, and going Rambo isn’t going to cut it – they need fresher razors to make a good shave happen.

Coincidentally, the amount of money saved from my own habit of holding onto blades longer is monumental, but to me, the setback costs me nothing really.  I consider the first 3 to 5 days of the razor a novel period of factory-sharpness, and the rest of the razor’s life is the REAL shave.  However, guys with closely-spaced hairs that are almost as stiff as wire can look elsewhere, but first:

The KEY to a great shave:

One trick is to apply shaving cream in two stages (or three)

first application: foam shaving cream into your palm, and mix with hot water, to make a thin creamy liquid, then rub it onto the skin.

second application: do this again, but create only a semi-liquid, then apply.

third application: apply some cream at full thickness.

This leads to superior shave every time!

Back to the blades; if factory-sharp is what you crave, then follow this advice to save a MOUNTAIN of cash:  People who start to use Safety Razors say they work better than Gillette Mach 3, yet the price of Safety Razor blades is incredibly cheap.

The Double Edge Safety Razor holds one double sided blade, and it does take a little time to get the hang of it.

Cost of handle: a nice handle costs $30+ (it should last forever)

Cost of blades: right now Amazon has a pack of 100 blades for $11.50 with free shipping!

So, let’s compare Mach 3 to the Double Edge Safety Razor in terms of cash flow:

New blades every 3 days

Mach 3 ($2.50 apiece)  = $305 per year
Safety Razor ($.11 apiece) = $14 per year

You save $291 per year going with the Safety Razor
at 6% Compound Interest over 30 years = $24,386
then using that lump to pay you 6% per year = $1463 per year = $43,895 over 30 years.
So the total lost by using Mach 3 over Safety Razors = $68,281

New blades every 10 days

Mach 3 ($2.50 apiece)  = $92 per year
Safety Razor ($.11 apiece) = $4 per year

You save $88 per year going with the Safety Razor
at 6% Compound Interest over 30 years = $7,374
then using that lump to pay you 6% per year = $442 per year = $13,273 over 30 years.
So the total lost by using Mach 3 over Safety Razors = $20,647

If ever there was a reason to change a product, there it is!!! Case officially closed!!!

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