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A close shave…with a wide profit margin?

October 18, 2012

Some more evidence today of rip-off Britain. Amazing what you can learn from the daily tabling of Early Day Motions (EDMs) by MPs. EDM 583 on razor blades, tabled by Democratic Unionist MP Gregory Campbell, laments a 100 per cent increase in the price of men’s razor blades over the last 3 years. He points out that the cost of materials (a bit of steel and plastic) and packaging runs to pence whereas the product is sold for many pounds. Just like a cup of Starbucks or Costa coffee! I hope the likes of Wilkinson are paying their taxes on their fat profits….

Mr Campbell suggests that the Office of Fair Trading has a look at this sector. I agree and have signed his motion. It’s possible of course that the fat margin profiteering is being done by the supermarkets, not the manufacturers. This could be an area for the Coalion Government’s new Grocery Code Adudicator to investigate.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2012 8:46 pm

    Ebay razor blades are a LOT cheaper from the USA (Gillette) & Wilkinson)

  2. October 18, 2012 10:14 pm

    Let’s see – – the summer silly season is over, so it must be April 1st. Surely no intelligent politician could seriously think that spending time on the profit margin of razor blades is the most important thing to do this week.

    • October 18, 2012 10:24 pm

      No they wouldn’t. That article took me about 5 minutes to write. MPs deal with hundreds of issues every week in terms of letters to and from constituents, emails, reports, delegations, meetings, debates, etc.

  3. buryzee permalink
    October 20, 2012 3:28 pm

    “…..with an eight-cartridge pack currently retailing at many outlets at approximately 22”.

    I read the edm motion but got stuck on the above. Is it £’s? I do not know the prices as I bought a large amounts of disposables some time back, so long can’t remember the price.

  4. October 25, 2012 2:11 pm

    Hi Stephen

    Thanks for publshing this, for many men the cost of wet shaving is a matter of great importance especially in tough economic times.

    I have put together a cost camparison between cartridge razor shaving and DE shaving. Please have a read at and let me know your thoughts?

    Keep up the good work


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