The other night I went to the all-night Shoppers Drug Mart at Westgate and I bought something I’ve been putting off buying for about six months.
That’s not quite accurate. These are razor cartridges. A cartridge is a self-contained head that pops into your razor handle and costs about twenty times as much as a razor blade. It cost $16 for a package of four. That’s why the package comes with an electronic anti-theft device, and why an alarm sounds when you take the package of cartridges off the shelf. (I’m not kidding.)
But these are not just ordinary cartridges, these are two-in-one cartridges. They have “built-in shave gel bars.” The shave gel bars contain rich body butters and a fresh tropical scent. Try getting that from an ordinary razor blade.
Actually, ordinary razor blades are incompatible with my Venus razor. The razor consists of a handle and a snap-on cartridge that you replace from time to time. No plugs, no batteries. Pretty basic stuff, really, but the manufacturer makes its money by forcing you to buy the particular kind of cartridge that fits your handle.
Here’s what their website says about the Venus razor: “Embrace a whole new level of smoothness that’s fit for a goddess. Because there’s a goddess in every woman.”
That’s not all they say. They go on and on about all the different kinds of goddesses there are, and how there’s a different razor for every kind of goddess, and they have a shaving IQ test and you can sign up for “your very own newsletter.” Woohoo.
So anyway, I’ve been shaving every day for the better part of a year with the same cartridge because I can never remember which of the Venus cartridges (Embrace, Breeze, Vibrance or Divine) works with my handle, and because I’m too cheap to pay $16 for four razor blades, no matter what you call them or how many gel bars they have.
But I have to admit, it was a treat to have a new cartridge in my razor. I embraced a whole new level of smoothness. I guess $16 for at least a year’s supply of shaving supplies isn’t that bad when you think about it.
Maybe we all have stuff we hate to buy. For me it’s shaving cartridges. Also garbage bags, because they’re expensive and you just throw them in the garbage, and toilet paper because you just flush it down the toilet.
On the other hand, I love buying things that feel like they’re bursting with potential, like books and yarn and art supplies. (But I have to be careful not to buy things instead of doing things. For example, sometimes I buy art supplies instead of doing art.)
How about you? What are your most and least favourite things to buy?