04-16-2016, 04:01 PM
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We're all familiar with Gillette's ploy to keep adding gimmicks to its cartridges to justify increasing their cost.  The latest incarnation of this is the new Fusion "Proshield," which adds a second lubricating strip below the blades.  The regular "Proglide" only have one lubricating strip on top on the blades.  I was at Target today and went down the shaving isle to just see the latest prices on cartridges.  The new and improved "Proshield," with the extra lubricating strip, is $39.99 for a pack of 8:

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 04-16-2016, 04:12 PM
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 04-16-2016, 04:14 PM
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I always wondered why they didn't have the strip on the bottom to begin with...

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 04-16-2016, 05:29 PM
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"Now with more Pro!"

I'm sure it is a good cartridge. 

Can't believe it's just hanging out there in the open.

I'm used to seeing them under lock and key. 

You ever see that story online that they have cams in some of the razor displays to track how long customers debate purchasing blades? I also read once someone tried to say the RFID tag in the package triggers other displays in the store while you shop so they can mine data on people's shopping patterns. I don't know if I believe that but it was an interesting theory.

$5 carts are a big "no thanks" from me...

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 04-16-2016, 05:37 PM
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(04-16-2016, 05:29 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: "Now with more Pro!"

I'm sure it is a good cartridge. 

Can't believe it's just hanging out there in the open.

I'm used to seeing them under lock and key. 

You ever see that story online that they have cams in some of the razor displays to track how long customers debate purchasing blades? I also read once someone tried to say the RFID tag in the package triggers other displays in the store while you shop so they can mine data on people's shopping patterns. I don't know if I believe that but it was an interesting theory.

$5 carts are a big "no thanks" from me...

Same here, I converted my dad after many years of cartridge use. Its kindve ironic to be honest. Once I gave him an r89 he used it for head shaving while still using the cartridges for face, I finally gave him an ikon safety bar and he's never looked back. My next conversion will be my older brother who swears by the cartridges with a nice handle from AOS. I'm a man on a missions since joining this forum?

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 04-16-2016, 06:29 PM
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Just bought a 6 pack.

I also use the old Fusion and the Fusion Proglide.

The new Proshield is in fact providing more slickess and protection because of that extra strip at the bottom.

In fact it's almost too much, if you happen to shave using a high quality soap/cream - the glide and slickness becomes too much.

So far had 4 shaves with same cart, still giving me a nice shave. But price is HIGH.

But with the amount I spend on shaving gear anyway, this is a just a drop in the ocean  Tongue

My favourite DE blade is the KAI blade. It costs £40 for 100 blades, and I get 4 shaves with each blade.
This expensive DE blade still is a lot cheaper than the Pro Shield blade  Exclamation

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 04-16-2016, 07:01 PM
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It says 10% savings per cartridge. Now, I don't claim to be a math expert, but 8 cartridges per package, that adds up to 80% savings!!!

The way I look at it, you would be a fool not to buy them!

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 04-16-2016, 07:03 PM
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Holy Moly!

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 04-17-2016, 09:27 AM
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(04-16-2016, 07:03 PM)cosmicshaver Wrote: Holy Moly!

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 04-17-2016, 10:26 AM
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I can get 3 weeks of near daily head shaves on a fusion proglide.   On average you can find them for about 350 per blade.   However, even at 5 bucks per cart, that's about $.24 per shave. 
Not really that bad.   That is about on par with some high end DE blades.  Maybe a bit more, but not way off.

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 04-20-2016, 08:14 AM
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  • DaveL
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To much for me. Glad I gave up on carts.

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 04-20-2016, 09:32 AM
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Expensive, for sure... But I'd wager that most of the guys buying these save more money overall on shaving than the average TSN member.

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 04-20-2016, 09:54 AM
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I have saved thousands by not using cartridges......however I have spent 10 times that amount getting every new razor ever developed,back-ups and extra blades...so overall I,m totally ahead or at least that is what the shrink says here at shaver lockup and treatment center Biggrin Tongue

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 04-29-2016, 05:33 AM
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Wet shaving has cost me more money than even if a cart was priced at $10 each and only good for one shave, I would still safe money using carts

But I now use carts in combination with DE's.

Still don't safe any money. Not at all

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