I’ve bought them for years and years and have never really given disposable razors a second thought….until now.
Like most of you, I have been quite aware of the increasing prices of groceries overall. I gasp and nearly choke as price increases each week at the store don’t even have the decency to be ‘subtle’ anymore.
Last week, I hit a breaking point with a product I’ve used for many years….disposable razors.
I won’t name the brand, but my family has used the same medium-priced disposable razor blades for just about forever. The price for 10 razors has increased over the years, but I still remember when the 10-pack was under $3.
With inflation, of course, prices on everything has increased. Toiletries are one of the few items that I’ll consider dealing with a coupon over. Yet, there are rarely any coupons printed for the “basic” toiletry items. Typically, coupons are published to introduce and promote new products, few of which I am interested in.
Anyway, the price of these razors has crept past $3, then past $4, up to my recent noticing of $4.77. Eh, still not painful enough to make any change here. Besides, what would my options be?
Finally, while shopping one day, we needed razors, especially now that we have 3 teenage boys and 2 girls shaving, not to mention my husband and myself.
As I reached for my predictable choice of razor, I almost gagged on my own saliva as the price looked like it was $7.47.
“That can’t be right, it must be a bonus package of some kind, where is the 10-pack?” I thought to myself. But to my dismay, that was the 10-pack. I was done.
As I stood in line at the super-store, completely aggravated at the violated feeling I couldn’t rid myself of, I considered what my choices were.
Well, first of all, we could stop shaving. Probably wouldn’t work for long for us, although it could be a choice for some.
Second, we could shave less. Third, we could make the disposables last longer by wiping them dry after uses, but we already do that.
What did they use “back in the day”??? Straight edge razors? Well, again, an option for some, but with small children in the home, probably not.
After I arrived home and put my purchases away, I sat down with a cup of green tea and broke out my Lehman’s catalog. Sure enough, the above razor caught my eye.
The reviews on this safety razor were pretty consistent and I vaguely remember my Dad using this kind of razor, so I called him and asked for his opinion.
Dad told me that he loved his old razor! He also shared with me a method of keeping a single razor blade sharp for close to a year! I was sold.
This razor costs about $35 but it will obviously pay for itself in no time. The issue will become “selling” my family on it. Of course, training everyone (who shaves) about how these razors are used and replaced will take some effort, to prevent accidents.
This is my challenge to myself as I walk through this very “consumer and convenience-oriented culture” – to question the status quo and look for alternatives that are either cheaper, healthier or both.
It isn’t my intention to demonize any product or service, but common sense will often prove that the “old ways” weren’t all that bad after all….and often better!