Giving ‘Disposable Razor’ a New Meaning
Electric shavers have come down in price so much that it's cheaper to buy a new one than a replacement head for your old one.
A dozen or so years ago, I bought my current electric shaver, a Norelco 725RL. It’s lasted longer than my previous electrics because 1) it’s a plug-in model, rather than a rechargeable and 2) I don’t use it every day.
It’s still working fine but I haven’t replaced the blades and screen in probably seven years; the manufacturer recommends doing so annually. So, I went online to order new ones and they were around $37. At that price—roughly half what I paid for the original razor way back when—I figured it was worth seeing what a new model shaver was going for. It turns out, the equivalent Phillips-Norelco model 6940, which appears to have some improvements over my old one, is $29.06–eight bucks cheaper than a replacement head.
So, apparently, they’ve figured out how to make a whole shaver for less than half what it used to cost yet, paradoxically, it’s more expensive to sell just the top part.
Naturally, I opted for a shiny new one.