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P&G bets on new, expensive razor to attract consumers - WSJ
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Posted on 04/18/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

April 18 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co is planning to offer a new kind of razor, with a swiveling ball hinge and a pricey tag, to move forward with its strategy to push premium products, according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday .

The world's largest household products maker has seen sales of its Gillette razors suffer a hit in the fourth quarter of 2013 from the growing trend of sporting moustaches and stubble.

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How did people ever get by before battery powered razors?/s
1 posted on 04/18/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
An electric will do on days off....when I need to look my best I use a Gillette Sensor blade which costs about fifty cents at CVS.
2 posted on 04/18/2014 8:53:24 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I find that any razor I use which has more than 2 blades has a greater propensity to cut and leave marks. I use cheap 2 blade Schtick’s.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 8:55:07 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Can’t imagine this. I buy the generic “for sensitive skin” throwaway razors at Wally World. Do a good job.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 8:55:24 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Dollar shave club is pretty good and should be pulling the price downward. Maybe the response is a higher prices alternative that shifts demand.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 8:55:34 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Red in Blue PA

So, I’m axing....just why don’t these guys just produce a No-no hair eradicator that works on a man’s beard.

I mean, apparently all the stigma of being a p@ssy, er uh, excuse me, metrosexual —— no, no...that ain’t right, either. A man who likes his forearm and chest to feel like they’ve just had a fresh wax.....dammit! That ain’t it, either. As bald assed as a baby? Nope, that ain’t it, either....

Hell, I just give up. I shave once a week, maybe. I use some old Braun electric shaver I’ve had for 20 years. Smooth, soft? I don’t give a crap...I just shave when the man-stubble irritates me.

All you manginas out there need to get a grip. [Not directed to you, Red in Blue PA]


6 posted on 04/18/2014 8:56:34 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I’m 60. I got a free multi-blade razor in the mail once with the idea that I’d buy their blades. I used the original blade for three years and it is one of the items that somehow got lost in the divorce.

But I mainly just use a norelco electric I get at costco and replace it every ten years or so...


7 posted on 04/18/2014 8:59:04 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Red in Blue PA

A traditional wet shave is the best. That trend is coming back. For some, it never left.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 9:00:20 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: cuban leaf

Norelco = Braun


9 posted on 04/18/2014 9:00:48 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: ilgipper

Dollar shave club - I love that guy’s advert!


10 posted on 04/18/2014 9:01:55 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Red in Blue PA

11 posted on 04/18/2014 9:02:58 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Gaffer

Cletus does a brih-hog 3x/week with his Norelco.
I get new blade sets annually.
I usually use “Romney-Shave”* to relieve the obligatory “shaver bites” to a minimum.

* Google it; “Lectric Shave”


12 posted on 04/18/2014 9:04:02 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: PGR88

I consciously avoid products which have multi-million dollar representatives such as Roger Federer. Nothing against him personally, but that is simply a waste of money and I know my dollars are going into his pocket so why bother?


13 posted on 04/18/2014 9:04:08 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

That must be better....it has a higher number!/s


14 posted on 04/18/2014 9:04:36 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

what happened to the foam brush?

what happened to the ELECTRIC razor?

what happened to the invetigations over blade price fixing?


15 posted on 04/18/2014 9:04:38 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Egads! I need an editor.

Note from my previous post “brih-hog” is intended to be “brush-hog”


16 posted on 04/18/2014 9:05:42 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Used the Mach series for years but it seems the quality fell off. Found “Dorco Pace 6 Plus” at amazon. Just as good, but cheaper.....
17 posted on 04/18/2014 9:06:39 AM PDT by virgil283
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To: Red in Blue PA

18 posted on 04/18/2014 9:06:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
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19 posted on 04/18/2014 9:07:35 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: virgil283

P&G blades seems to get dull quicker than others I have used. Would love to see someone quantify that in a study.


20 posted on 04/18/2014 9:07:35 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I recently grew a beard and couldn’t be happier. If I ever shave again I will avoid the Gillette crap and buy the el cheapo Dollar Shave Club folks instead.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 9:07:54 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I replace my screen on the Braun maybe once or twice a year. Sometimes the beard hairs break parts of the screen and the damned thing bites like a gator!


22 posted on 04/18/2014 9:08:17 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I think three blades are optimum using the Gillette products. Dry the razor on a towel afterwards and store it outside the bathroom.


23 posted on 04/18/2014 9:08:59 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

That’s okay. I knew what you meant.


24 posted on 04/18/2014 9:09:13 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Moonman62
These blades are targeting the metrosexuals (not real men).


25 posted on 04/18/2014 9:11:09 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Must have!

Must have!

More is more better, right?


26 posted on 04/18/2014 9:11:38 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Mach 3 was about the epitomy of the mutli blade razer, twins suck, and those with more than 3 have their blades so close together they are useless if you have more than a days worth of stubble, because they get clogged up.

With a Mach 3 can shave a weeks worth of stubble to clean in a few minutes.

Of course closest you will ever get is with a true straight edge used by a pro, but most of us can’t afford to pay a barber to give us a shave daily.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: montag813

did you know king gellette was a socialist eutopian who thought there should only be one city in the USA called metropolis? one corporation. one power generator via niagra falls.

Then his sold out to proctor and gamble.


28 posted on 04/18/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I think they should just add more blades.


29 posted on 04/18/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: virgil283

I just pound my whiskers through my cheeks with a 16 oz. claw hammer, and bite them off from the inside. Then a little splash of habanero aftershave, and I’m good to go for the rest of the day.


30 posted on 04/18/2014 9:13:46 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I still use the two bladed Gillette sensor. I only change the blades a few times a year. Shaving is something I do, but it just isn’t a big deal. I tried the 3 blade version and it is OK, but I won’t upgrade until I need to. Battery powered? Why?


31 posted on 04/18/2014 9:14:17 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: Red in Blue PA

Simple products have an innate problem in the marketplace, they can’t generate separation from the competition. Your basic two blade razor is a piece of infallible technology that any idiot company can make en-mas cheap and effective. So how do they get you to buy their product vs others? There’s really two paths: find some minor difference with your product that you can claim makes it better, or make a much more complicated trademark-able hard to replicate version that you can claim makes it better. The problem with the first path is there just aren’t that many potential minor differences and they are, after all, minor. The problem with the second path is it becomes an arms race that quickly has companies adding ridiculous “features” that nobody really wants.


32 posted on 04/18/2014 9:14:31 AM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Dang right. I don’t grow anything a good quality belt sander won’t take care of. Not the cheap ones, of course.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: HamiltonJay

using a waterpic can clean out the razor clogs. A hand towel next to your razor can dry it off leading to MONTHS of use.


34 posted on 04/18/2014 9:19:38 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It goes past 11!


35 posted on 04/18/2014 9:19:56 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Oh for the days of the Gillette Blue Blades! Use once, drop the used blade in the slot in the medicine cabinet. Grab the styptic pencil and alcohol after shave for razor burn.

Before that there was the straight razor.

I notice the single blade, is now being sold on TV. I still have the old single blade handle in which you unscrew the handle, take the top off, drop in the blade screw the handle back on and you are in business.


36 posted on 04/18/2014 9:21:10 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Billthedrill

That’s what I used to do, but I just kept wearing out the belts too quick...


37 posted on 04/18/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s so funny that I’m out of words for a response. Is that original, or from some standup routine?


38 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:08 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Soft.

I lather with caustic soda, burn them off with a blowtorch, douse it with nitric acid and feel like a champ afterward.


39 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:38 AM PDT by Loyalist (Now available in organic fair trade gluten-free probiotic industrial strength!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I read that Gillette’s patent on their older double blades ran out in the USA. Personally, I get just as good a shave with 2 blades as with 20, so I bought these from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Heavyweight-Chrome-Compatible-Personna-Blades/dp/B004SDOBTQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1397837740&sr=8-3&keywords=gillette+atra+razor

http://www.amazon.com/Personna-Pivot-Blades-Replaces-Razors/dp/B008N3GTDS/ref=pd_sim_hpc_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=1KRK9BEC8916MH4W6R4Q

Actually, I bought the 100 blade package a few months back at $11...so 11 cents/shaving head, including shipping.

Another very good alternative is something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Classic-Safety-Razor-Straight/dp/B002A8JO48/ref=sr_1_69?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1397838001&sr=1-69&keywords=single+blade+razor

http://www.amazon.com/Astra-Superior-Premium-Platinum-Double/dp/B001QY8QXM/ref=sr_1_7?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1397838050&sr=1-7&keywords=single+blade+razor

I find the single blades harder to get a good shave in spots like the chin and jaw, but they give a very good shave everywhere else. Again - at 11 cents a blade, it is obscene to pay $3+ for a single cartridge with a zillion blades!


40 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:39 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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Either This -

Or This -


41 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:44 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

I have to admit it’s not original, but I don’t recall where I first heard it.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Lazamataz

There was an “ad” on SNL way back, just after the double bladed razor came out. “The Triple Trac” It went something like this: The first blade grabs the whisker. The second blade stretches it out. The third blade rips it completely from your skin.


43 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:47 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Red in Blue PA

Announcer (V/O): Triple-Trac’s third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball.

[ Finally, the cartoon shows the Triple-Trac completely shaving the whisker ]

[ DISSOLVE back to the announcer against the black background, holding up a Triple-Trac ]

Announcer: The Triple-Trac. Because you’ll believe anything.


44 posted on 04/18/2014 9:25:57 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Red in Blue PA; All

This reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live skit for the “Billette Triple threat Blade”. Whose head had three blades. With the middle blade being duller than the enclosing two.

The ad’s animation showed.

The first blade cuts the whisker cleanly.

The second blade pulls at other errant whiskers.

So the third blade cuts the errant whisker even more cleanly.

The tag line was delivered by a Styptic penciled and Band Aid adorned Chevy Chase smiling as he said:

“Billette... Because you’ll buy anything!”

I usually use disposables or a Trak II.


45 posted on 04/18/2014 9:26:55 AM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I found the key is to dry the razor after use. The blades don’t last when put away wet. One blade will last 6 months with a comfortable, smooth shave if put away dry. I use the Gilette Fusion. No batteries.


46 posted on 04/18/2014 9:27:20 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: upchuck

I buy generic ‘whatever is cheapest’ at Wally’s.

I use those tiny slivers of soap(when the bar gets worn down) in place of shaving cream. It actually works better.


47 posted on 04/18/2014 9:29:55 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Theoria

I have used the same double edged safety razor for over 20 years. A pack of ten blades is about a buck fiddy and lasts months. I can’t believe how expensive the luxury blades have become.


48 posted on 04/18/2014 9:30:47 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Red in Blue PA

I would think so! Any more than two will just be razor blades dragging over freshly shaved skin.


49 posted on 04/18/2014 9:37:27 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: FatherofFive

“I use the Gilette Fusion” Same here. I tried a cheapo razor the other day and noticed a real difference.
I strop the blade every time using a small razor strop to keep it sharp, and a cartridge lasts a long time with no `sticking’ or pulling.
A strop or you could use an old belt or surface of a mirror.


50 posted on 04/18/2014 9:39:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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