the price of shaving

It’s been a while since I bought a can of shaving cream, sometime in 2018 as a matter of fact. Funny thing is I remember when I bought the last can, it came with that “NEW!” tag because the can bottom was aluminum instead of less expensive steel, and thus wouldn’t rust out in the shower. The can I had before that had rusted out. Today when I went in to get my new can of Barbasol it was smaller by three ounces, but it was the same price interestingly enough. Last year’s can was all of 10 ounces, while today’s was down to 7 ounces.

The reason I don’t buy shaving cream that often is I switch back and forth between electric and razor, tending to use the electric during the week so I don’t spend a lot of time getting ready before I drive into work. Weekends can be more luxurious time-wise, especially when it comes to a nice blade shave. And there are days when I don’t shave at all, thus extending the overall time when I want to get a shave with my razor.

This reminds me of all the other price increases I’ve seen over time, especially with orange juice. There was a time when orange juice came in 64 ounce cartons, until one day they showed up in 57 ounce cartons, but the price was still the same. I continued to buy it for a while until the price increase to over $4 a container, and that was many years ago. Of course both my doctor and dietician where quite happy when that happened, as today’s orange juice is full of sugar, even more so than a soft drink.

This makes me wonder if I should bite the bullet and invest in one more good electric razor, and just forego shaving with a razor all together. It’s not just the shaving cream but he expense of razors as well as the mess of fixing a sink of hot water and a mess to clean up when done.

All this angst over a decent close shave.


4 thoughts on “the price of shaving

    • I’m 65 1/2 and I’ve been shaving with a blade for the last 20 years. Before that I was an electric razor man.

      The reason I switched to a blade was quite accidental. I was out of town on a business trip. Because it was called suddenly I packed in a hurry and forgot to pack my Norelco, so I went to the closest drug store with the intent of buying another electric razor. But when I got there I couldn’t find one cheap enough that I felt was good enough, so I went very down-market and picked up a bag of Bic disposable razors and an 80 cent can of Barbasol. When I got back home I picked up a Gillette razor set (at that time with just three blades) and started using it. Now, as I’ve gotten older, it seems like I’m slowly heading back towards nothing but electric, except I can’t find a decent electric that shaves cleanly and closely enough to my satisfaction.

      First world problems.

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