Matt and Jane both sent in this Yahoo Finance article about companies’ continual “upgrading” of men’s razors — and people who stockpile the blades in case theirs are discontinued. This. Is. Hysterical:
Jeff Hagan, a 43-year-old investment banker in San Francisco, doesn’t need to buy another blade or razor for the next four years.
That’s because last year, tired of trying to keep up with the cycle of shaving-system upgrades and price hikes, Mr. Hagan bought 100 Gillette Mach3 blades. Then he found oil that helps double the blades’ lifespan.
“I’m basically investing in blade futures,” Mr. Hagan remembers telling onlookers at Costco as they marveled at the pile of cartridges in his cart. “That’s my hedge against getting forced to upgrade.”
“I’m a full-on capitalist, but there’s a little bit of ‘sticking it to the man’ here that I enjoy,” says Mr. Hagan of his stockpile of Mach3 blades, which Gillette launched 12 years ago.
Blade futures! Hey. Mr. Hagan. If you want to “stick it to the man,” quit stockpiling razor blades and instead start stockpiling new razors for free. I hope that no one here has paid more than… oh, let’s be generous and say $1.00 if you’re desperate… for a men’s razor since you saw the couponing light. Just looked at my little stash of free (OK, there’s that darn tax) Schick Hydros, one of those new razors they bemoan, and each comes with 2 cartridges.
Hmm. Two times free times … how many do you have in your cabinet, again? And how much do you suppose he paid for his? Let’s see. I looked up Mach 3 blades on Amazon and they run about $2.00 each when you buy in packs of 12. So… he bought his at Costco, so let’s be generous and assume he got a discount there and paid around $180+tax for his hundred blades.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Do not buy razor blades. Do not buy razor blades. Let me reiterate. Do. Not. Buy. Razor blades!