THE BETTER MOUSE TRAP

T.G.I.F. readers, it’s time for our Friday shoot-the-shit. This is the time of the week when readers are free to make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or altogether change the subject. So, if you’re fed up with politics or squatty-body pseudo intellectuals with obsessive preoccupations of self shoveling 20 tons of bull for 1 oz. of concept, we are the place for you. So, let us get started.

You’ll find no one on this planet that is more receptive to innovation than we are; however, we are vehemently opposed to mindless displays of worthless and ineffective “enhancements.” The razor and razor blade of 2016 is such a display. How the hell did we go from this…

To this…

 

The safety razor, made its debut in 1880. This was a simple device with a handle attached to a head that allowed a two edged blade to be removed and replaced with a new one, brilliant! Men rejoiced because they no longer sliced their face or rely on a barber to get a clean shave with a straight razor. Now I don’t know what the hell happened to men’s beards since 1880 but for some reason or another we were convinced by slick marketers that you needed a 2 blade cartridge razor because the second blade would catch the stubble before it receded into your face, hence a closer shave. Well hey, if 2 blades is good ten 5 blade cartridges must be better! Not to be outdone, Gillette, Schick and others started adding more and more blades to the cartridge; successfully turning a reliable, inexpensive and functional system into utter and complete crap!

613qRR3wyhL._SL256_Can someone please explain to us what benefit multi-blade cartridges provide other delivering a shaving system that clogs easily, is harder to clean and costs you upwards of $16, quantity three, to buy. What the hell were we thinking folks?

Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Razor Blades, 5-pak

Compare the cartridge razor with the double edge safety razor which will provide you with a close shave and cost you $1.75 to $2.25 for a pack of five.

The moral of this story readers is be receptive to change but change for its own sake, lacking meaningful improvement that adds real value is to be avoided in any product or industry.

We encourage your participation, thoughts, gripes and comments. Have a safe weekend and spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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