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Gillette Takes Off The Gloves

Discussion in 'Cartridge (System) & One-piece Disposable Razors' started by Bogeyman, Thursday April 26, 2018.

  1. Bogeyman

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  2. Sabre

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    They were launched in December 2017. The Sharpologist is a bit late with the news.
     
  3. Bogeyman

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    We look forward to your blog with more up to date industry info. ;)
     
  4. Sabre

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    I posted it at another forum when it was announced. I didn't post it here as they haven't been launched here.
     
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  5. neilwf

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    $14 for eight, that's $1.75 each or £1.26. It's not exactly cheap is it!
     
  6. SeanC

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    Not too far off own label / generic Mach 3 compatibles

    Sent from my LG-H815 using Tapatalk
     
  7. donnie_arko

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    UK price for the Mach3 blades are 4 for £7.

    A bit less than than the full fat Mach 3 blades, but the 8 pack of the full fat ones often go for £12 for 8 so IMO it's not really a low price alternative in the UK at least.
     
  8. neilwf

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    I started shaving with a DE safety razor initially to save money. As you all know, £12 can buy 100 DE blades depending on the make and where you buy them. About a year ago I bought a Schick injector SE razor, I really enjoy the shave I get, but I now think of the blades as being "a bit pricey". It's good to visit this area of the forum every once in a while to remind myself of the bad old days!
     
  9. Sabre

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    The Gillette 3 and 5 have not been released in the UK. In the UK for less expensive Mach3 carts it's best to buy disposables.
    They are £3.49 for 3 in Savers, and often on promotion in the Supermarkets and Wilko. Tesco will often do a 5 pack for £5.00. How cheap do you want a shave to be? The reason that DE's are so cheap is that you are generally importing them from the developing world.
     
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  10. donnie_arko

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    Gillette3 is aleady for sale in the UK

    If you read the article it says they are available in the EU and are sold as Mach3 Start instead of Gillette3. 4 carts can be purchased for £7 at Superdrug, Boots and others.

    https://www.superdrug.com/Gillette/Mach-3-Start-Blades-4CT/p/744228
     
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    I am fully aware of the Mach 3 Start.
    http://theshaveden.com/forums/threa...o-vs-gillette-sensor-exel.58091/#post-1378402

    However, there has been no claims previously that the blades have the new Gillette 3 coatings. Yes, they share the same aqua grip handle.

    However the biggest difference is the concept! Gillette 3 carts are less than 50% of Mach 3 "Base" carts in the USA. In the UK the saving is one pound. A pack of Mach 3 Start carts are £7.00, whilst Mach 3 carts are £8.00
     
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  12. Sabre

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    Mach 3 Base

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    Mach 3 Start

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    Gillette 3

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    So the Mach 3 Start has the same blades as the Mach 3 in the USA. Gillette 3 are meant to have different blades from the Mach 3.
     
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    Have you noticed that the Mach 3 start cart is different from the Mach 3 "Base" and Gillette 3? ;)
     
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    Anyway considering Gillette 3 are meant to be inexpensive, why are Mach3 Start carts 4 for £7.00, when a pack of 3 Mach3 disposables are £3.49? :rolleyes:
     
  15. SpeedyPC

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    Dear Gillette,

    READ MY BLOODY LIPS, I'm NOT going back to cartridge razors, because you're a bloody RIPOFF!!!

    Do you UNDERSTAND me!!

    If you don't understand my lips, then you'll understand my sign language and I'll keep it very simple for you.

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    Yes, those £300.00 stainless steel DE razors are such good value. Can you really not afford a 23p shave? It's strange people think that a pack of Mach3 disposables are a rip off then buy overpriced brushes from China for a lot of money. But each to their own.
     
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    ...this is a first for me...advocacy on behalf of Gillette's good value carts! they may shave well, and suit the majority of western shavers, but a purported near 4-figure mark-up is taking the biscuit; which is why DollarShaveClub adverts hit home with so many, I suspect...and yes, for me, there were times when I could not afford Gillette cart prices. For many, sadly, in today's economic climate, every penny really does count...

     
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    I own 7 razors 3 of which are second hand (pre owned). In total they cost about 140 pounds. My shaving brush is from Bodyshop about 10 pounds. I use Palmolive Shaving cream and Nivea after shave balm.
    I guess I am a cheapskate!
     
  19. This is one of the reasons, loss of exclusivity is the main issue.
     
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    I initially looked into the switch to DE because of cost, but quickly realised there are other advantages.

    The stash of DE blades, accumulated inside an aluminium can, can be recycled.

    I don't buy new handles in those starter packs with new blades anymore, so I'm not throwing away old ones. I firmly believe of people refused to keep buying new handles eventually Gillette would stop packaging them in blade pack deals.

    The handles I now have, I hope to have in 50 years time. Still working and used frequently.

    So yeah... ive bought a couple of expensive DE's and straights but that's a personal choice on how to spend my money. If I wanted to I could have stuck with my dad's tech and an omega 49 brush. My Tabac refill cost £7(?) And will last a lot longer than a can of Gillette gel.

    I would have had no choice in paying between £50-75 a year for Gillette cartridges. Which I didn't enjoy using in the first place.

    In summary - you are correct, I have spent a reasonable amount since making the switch. But it was a choice, not a necessity.

    And one more that I forgot - my skin has improved a lot since I stopped using cartridges. I don't have breakouts of spots every day after shaving
     
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