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Thread: Razor Blades! Ripped off (nearly)

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    Default Razor Blades! Ripped off (nearly)

    So ok Gillette Fusion razor blades are not cheap anywhere (even back in ol Blighty).

    But i needed some, had no reasons to head to Countdown this weekend, so when i was today passing a pharmacy in mall i thought i would grab them then. So i grabbed a pack of just 4 blades, i bought a new can of shaving foam too, and i had my card out and handed the pharmacist the goods, awaited to swipe, when she said "That will be $48 please"

    On that i protested there must a mistake surely, she pointed out that the pack of 4 blades (yup just 4) was $37.90 !! I again said that cant be right, maybe somebody mistook them for packs of 8 maybe? She checked and insisted that was the correct price. When i politely declined my purchase pointing out that it would be a hell of a lot cheaper in Countdown, she insisted that the increased cost was due to them not buying in bulk like countdown can. Which i grant is very true, and i never expected them to be as cheap as in countdown, but i cant believe the difference in bulk buying would ever be that great, they must have a major price hike going on there somewhere or clearly ripping off people.

    OH, and the price of said pack of 4 blades in countdown? $19.90
    So "Life" pharmacies i shame you with your price mark-up of a whooping...
    $18 !! on a simply pack of razor blades

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    Good on you for not buying them Lee. I have to say Paul moans like hell about the price of them here, but he has talked about growing a beard in NZ...

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    What? $20 buks for a pack of 4?? Holleeeeee.....you could buy a month's supply here for that. They have got to have some special metal in them down in NZ

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    Hmm you'd think so ah Stu! But alias they look like your average Gillette product. Hence i was not happy with the $38 price!

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    Well I never new razor blades were so expensive!

    I notice they are 8 for 4 in the UK, so its probably not even worth getting someone to ship them over unless they see a particularly good deal.

    They do seem to come up on Trade Me - might be worth keeping an eye out, there is a whole disposable razor section

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Health-beau...4884-6107-.htm

    (Not sure if Gillette Power are a suitable alternatives but this auction sold 10 packs of 4 for $71)

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Health-beau...-135843663.htm

    Cheers

    Tia

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    if they are 8 gbp then they would be around $19 here so countdown is around the UK price - me I wait till they are on special and stock up - I got my last for $11 - just waiting for the next special as he is nearly out!

    oh and I nick em for me legs too - after he's used them for a bit of course!

    I like to get my moneys worth

    LOL

    Kat

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    I see Movember making a return so a face near you soon then Lee...


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    I don't work for em, but don't tar all Life pharmacies with the same brush. Life, like Unichem and Amcal, is a name you pay to use, all the pharmacies are still independently owned and operated. The only corporate that's centrally owned if you like are Radius pharmacies

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    Two reasons they are one of the most shoplifted items, they're small and have a good resale value!

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