This post is sponsored by 99centrazor.com, but the opinions are my own. I was given a sample product and paid to write this piece. However, as previously discussed, I am very strict about sponsored posts. I will only endorse items I believe are good values and pertinent to my readers’ needs/interests.
All razors are not created equal.
I don’t generally trust cheap razors.
Back when I was trying to become a coupon maven, I got an amazing deal on a bag of BiC disposable razors. I patted myself on the back for days. Right up until I used one — at which point I was busy applying pressure to the cut on my leg.
I used the razor twice and cut myself twice. Lest you think I’m clumsy… Well, I am. But I’ve only cut myself shaving a total of five times in the past decade. And that single razor accounted for 40% of those incidents. So, for once, an injury wasn’t due to my klutziness.
Over the years I’ve tried a number of razors. For the past few years, I’ve been partial to Gillette Power Fusion. I’m very happy with the brand — which is what I remind myself each time I see the $36.99 (plus tax) price tag on a pack of eight blades.
Subscribe & shave!
So when I got the chance to try out a razor subscription service, I thought, “Oh what the hell. I have Band-Aids, after all!”
But I was very pleasantly surprised when the box came from 99centrazors.com. They’re not the fanciest, but they’re certainly not BiCs, either.
I like the idea of a service like this. People with chronic conditions can appreciate having products come to them. So can people who are busy, forgetful or otherwise exist in this world.
Of course, Amazon and other companies have the option to sign up for recurring shipments. But not this cheaply! Even Amazon’s best price on Power Fusion (and only if I could find three items to subscribe to at once) would be $3.30 a blade. With just one item, the price is closer to $3.75.
Two razors enter…
So how do 99centrazor.com‘s offerings compare with my preferred model?
The 99centrazor.com razors have plastic handles. Well, I mean, so does my Power Fusion. But mine looks, ya know, high-tech! Which has absolutely no bearing on anything, other than making me feel better about the price of its blades.
And unlike the Power Fusion, the subscription razors don’t have a battery in them that will vibrate to… um… You know, I actually have only a vague idea of why a buzz is any sort of advantage.
Not to mention that I may or may not always forget to replace the battery until it’s completely corroded the inside and then it won’t do anything even with a new battery; and if I want it to buzz, I have to buy a whole damn new razor.
Another difference is the blades. Power Fusion has five blades, while 99centrazor.com‘s model has only three. Yet, much to my chagrin, I haven’t noticed a difference in results.
I’ve now used the subscription razor five times. I haven’t cut myself once, and as I mentioned, I get the exact same shave. Which makes me feel very stupid about paying $4 a cartridge for the past few years.
I think we can safely say that this is a case of my simply buying into hype. A rather expensive buy-in, I might add.
If you’re starting to question your own razor choices, then I definitely suggest you check out 99centrazor.com. What’s nice is that actually subscribing is optional. Here are the two choices:
Shipments are $3.96 plus $4 shipping. The first one will contain your starter kit: a razor and four cartridges. Subsequent shipments will be four refill cartridges.
You can choose to get refills every one, two or three months. You can also choose to skip a shipment if the razors are lasting longer than you expected, and you can cancel at any time.
When you buy this way, the starter kit’s price is significantly higher: $11 plus $4 shipping. But under this method, you can avoid shipping fees when you go to buy refills.
Orders of $20 or more get free shipping. So while you can buy eight cartridges for $16 (plus $4 shipping), it makes more sense to get 16 cartridges for $20. Or get the best deal, which is 20 cartridges for $30.
Which is better?
Personally, I hate paying for shipping. It rankles me. I don’t like the idea of my money going toward anything but the cost of the item.
So when I first started writing this post, I was going to advise you to buy individually. Then I sat down with the ole’ Excel sheet. Turns out, a subscription may be a better deal.
The table below shows cumulative amounts spent and cumulative razors received for each option:
Shipment Subscription Individual purchase
1st: $7.96 (4 razors) $15 (4 razors)
2nd: $15.92 (8 razors) $45 (24 razors)
3rd: $23.88 (12 razors) $45 (24 razors)
4th: $31.84 (16 razors) $45 (24 razors)
5th: $39.80 (20 razors) $45 (24 razors)
6th: $47.76 (24 razors) $45 (24 razors)
In other words, you won’t start seeing actual savings for six months — or 12 or 18, depending on how often you’d refill under the subscription plan. And once the savings did catch up, you can always switch to individual purchases if you really want.
So, surprising even myself, I recommend the subscription option despite the cost of shipping.
And don’t forget the grooming products! 99centrazors.com has shaving products for men and women: shaving cream, shaving gel.
One last note: I think it’s worth mentioning that 99 cents of each sale goes to an animal non-profit called S.T.A.R.T. I know that has nothing to do with savings, but it’s pretty cool.
Have you ever thought about or tried a subscription razor service?
*Don’t worry, fellas, the men’s razor has a blue handle. Your machismo is safe.