Supermarket blades and cartridge longevity

Discussion started by Mark1966, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Staff Member Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    I was shopping in the local Woolies today and blame @lerenau and @Kaeckerut for this -

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    Obviously raided the shelf to try and get their 'Grand Society' banner.

    Then my eye was caught by this claim -

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    Interesting that carts are available in budget packs now, and this claim is very interesting. What does the fine print say? -

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    One month!

    One month per cartridge!

    WOW, no wonder those shaves were rubbish.

    So glad I'm saving money with DE now ...
     
  2. alfredus

    alfredus organises many group buys State Convenor - SA Group Buy Caporegime Charity Auction Team

    14$ per 100 blades is actually not bad...
     
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  3. lerenau

    lerenau ...is a cheeky monkey 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Well, it wasn't me. But I would totally buy them at that price.
    Although. Now that I think about it. It's probably $1.40 PER BLADE. Not per pack. So, maybe not.
    That kind of money makes Kais look crazy-cheap. :eek:

    There's no way that's 8 months of shaving!! 8 weeks, tops. :mad:
     
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  4. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Staff Member Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Ummm, no.

    That is $14 per pack of 10, so $1.40 per blade!
     
  5. Bucephalus

    Bucephalus Member

    "Exaggerated" claims is how Advertisng Agencies make their money. After all, those blades could last eight months "based on shaving frequency and shaves per cartridge"!
     
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  6. lerenau

    lerenau ...is a cheeky monkey 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Well, maybe we're judging them too harshly.
    If you were to remove each blade from the cartridges and use them individually, you might just achieve that claim.
    Think of it as using the world's smallest kamisori. :LOL:
     
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  7. Rider_159

    Rider_159 Member

    What did the other customers think of the guy taking close-ups of the cartridges? :p

    But yeah, I honestly never got more than two 'sharp' shaves out of a cartridge, and after that they just became so dull.
     
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  8. Drubbing

    Drubbing 110% Smiley-Free

    Lies, damn lies and stats. That shaving frequency has to taken from a study of today's bearded and designer stubble hipsters who probably only break out a cart for tidying and shaping duties.

    That said, I was caught short recently and needed to buy a pack of twin blade disposables. They shave very well, certainly way better than any cart. But the plastic flimsiness of them was off putting. I think they'd do a good weeks worth of shaving, which makes them a reasonable buy, in mass market terms. A far better proposition than carts, which is a high consumer cost/profit model for gillette. There's a reason they put all their marketing budget into them and pay Federer et al to flog them.
     
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  9. alfredus

    alfredus organises many group buys State Convenor - SA Group Buy Caporegime Charity Auction Team

    OUCH!
     
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  10. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Staff Member Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Indeed!
     
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  11. eggbert

    eggbert is full of Vision Collision 2018 Sabbatical 2017 Sabbatical Da Menth Heads

    Pre finding this place I was using Mach 3's and often had a cart last me a couple of months. Admittedly I didn't shave as often, but would only do one pass.
    The blades are so bad when new, they can't degrade over time!
     
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  12. lerenau

    lerenau ...is a cheeky monkey 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    By Great Odin's beard! :wideyed:
    Even when I was carting, they would only last 2 weeks TOPS. (shaving every other day)
     
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  13. borked

    borked Shave, collect B&M pokemon, vodka, sleep, repeat Grand Society Group Buy Associate Da Menth Heads 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Vintage blades make sense compared to that :)
     
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  14. sealer

    sealer Member

    I am on your range too, but with a couple of passes with at least 4-5 shaves / week (not strong or rapid growth beard anyway). Also, La Toja in stick would last me almost a year.
    Certainly quite below my minimum shaving standards right now xD
     
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