Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Armpits are Very Sad



Can someone tell me why, oh why, razor blades cost an arm and a leg? 

Come on. It is not such a high tech piece of wizardry that a package from my favorite big box store should cost almost $30! Over $2 a blade. I can buy precision tools that will last a lifetime with that kind of money. I can buy little thumb drives that hold gigabytes of data for that money. I can buy some lovely aged whiskey for that money. 


But something to scrape the stubbly hair from my armpits is that expensive? I know they can be stubborn those follicle fellows. I know I want a smooth shave. No one wants little nubbies left, but still....


I say we all get mad as hell and not shave anymore. No? I guess long armpit hair would be pretty gross. Rapunzel would have a whole different meaning if it had been armpit hair.





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29 comments:

Elliott said...

Like those other life's necessities (whiskey, fatty pork, pie), I generally don't question the price of my razor blades. If I wanted to get all gung-ho about it, I'm sure I could start using the 500 blades I acquired once for my utility knife, but somehow that seems wrong.

And I'm sure electrolysis costs more than $30.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

Electrolysis just for the armpits is a few hundred dollars. My poor head hurts just thinking how much the legs and the hoo hoo would be. It is just somehow when I have already spent a fortune at my favorite big box store, another $30 just frosted me to no end. Yes, I could get cheap throwaway blades, but I want to shave my hair off, not rip it out. I think I need a glass of Jack now.

Elliott said...

Not that I'm questioning your taste in alcoholic beverages, but if you stopped shaving you could afford better whiskey.

And the shiny bare hoo hoo is overrated.

adrienzgirl said...

That commercial IS. SO. GROSS.

Autumnforest said...

I admit, I couldn't shave close enough and when I did, I got ingrowns and pain. I'm allergic to depilatories. I ended up splurging and getting laser hair removal. Awesome!

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

Elliott, having just discovered the world of whiskey, you will have to enlighten me on the better whiskey. But I may as well warn you, I'm a philistine. I think you could fool most wine drinkers with blind taste tests.

Better to be hairy and drink better booze, huh?. Sigh.

I'm afraid my newly discovered tightwadness prevents me from trying to rationalize THIRTY dollars for freaking razor blades. Gawd. I sound like a Great Depression survivor.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I know, unreal how much those things cost. Years ago I saw a guy on this inventions show, who had this little box that you put the razor in, and could sharpen it and make one razor last forever. I think the razor companies paid him off to not market it.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

@autumnforest...My sister also splurged on laser hair removal and she absolutely loved it. The process she went through was definitely blogworthy! I may be inspired to at least price it out.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

@aunt juicebox...I remember those commercials, too~! I wonder what happened to him. I guess it just reminded me how much we assume things should cost but when you really think about it, you realize what a rip off it is. Of course, I say that and then I have friends who are hooked on those home shopping channels. Expensive doo dads for sure.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

@adrienzgirl...You know the first time I saw the commercial, it took me awhile to figure it out...duh.it is grossssss........

kys said...

When I was in high school a group of girls had a contest to see who could go the longest without shaving her armpits. It was disgusting. Esp. because most of them were majorettes and it was football season.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

I am trying to imagine this...in the present world of YouTube viral videos, that would have been a hit. You know, you reminded me though, I saw a picture once of a lady wearing a bikini and her hair was growing out the sides of her bikini bottom like a handlebar mustache, which I guess is pretty ironic.

Elliott said...

I understand the whole $30 thing. I started cutting my own hair years ago when I just couldn't bear to spend $17 every three weeks. And I finally broke down and bought a four-pack of new blades for $12 when I was starting to tear hair out by the roots.

As for whiskey, look for Pendleton's (which I can't get on my coast) and Woodford Reserve.

As for the bikini bottom, the little boy-shorts are still hot.

The Peach Tart said...

I've been trying to figure this out for years. Just last week Mr. Peach Tart and I both needed blades. It was as much as a night out drinking and carousing with a lot less fun.

Secretia said...

Those things scare me. I use dsposables or electric, for genital trimming.

Chaka said...

Those are good questions and that is a funny video. Maybe in this economy the starting up the hippy movement again would make financial sense. You could always move to Europe where a woman with armpit hair does not face the same scrutiny.

Tammy Howard said...

Sleeves and an open-minded husband works for me.

I keed.

Or do I?

Mejis said...

I steal the man of the house's razor blades because I don't feel like spending an arm and a leg on my own. He can't remember squat so he usually thinks he used them and goes out to buy more. It's very convenient

Housewife Savant said...

Tell me why they're making razors with a zillion blades. Tell me what's better.
Tell me why my smooth-skinned 13YO daughter uses more disposable razors than an East European swim team.
Tell me why the girl on the bicycle has better hair in her pits than the hair that's on my head.

Karen Carter said...

That is so funny! I bought three packs of marked down clearance razors for such a GREAT price! Was so excited but now I cant find the razor that they fit in? Can I just hold them? I use Steve's but then he complains that his face is all tore up! If we ever go into a life of crime that will be our first course of action. Stealing blades and selling them at tupperware parties. Love Karen~

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

@peach tart...See, you get what I mean. WTH?! I am now keeping all my old razors so that when they "invent" a new razor that needs new blades, I can go buy the old blades at a huge discount. Sheesh.

@secretia...I just bought an electric razor but for some reason it scares the heck out of me. Dry shaving, baby powder, being careful to use the right angle. Of course, that would be worthy of a blog post on its own.

@chaka...I am hoping that the razor blade people will realize it is not 2005 anymore and anything goes and just lower their dang prices. For some reason, hairy armpits just does not seem sexy. I had a niece who was a hippie, lived in a tree and everything, and she did not shave. She kinda stunk though.

@tammy...long sleeves? hee, hee.

@mejis...very imaginative solution. He probably just thinks he has a very he-man beard~!

@housewife savant...They keep adding blades so they can keep charging us a premium because all those extra blades mean a better shave, right? Right? Doesn't a straight razor have ONE blade? Ummm? Thirteen year old girls are pod people in the making...they would be horrified if some other 13-year-old made fun of one stubble left shaving. My sympathies. As for the hair, I figure that was really somebody's hair from their head and they pasted to her pits. I am trying to imagine using Pantene on armpit hair. Now, that would be a funny commercial.

@karen...Girl, I have missed you! See, that is the reason I shave old razors! Bootlegging razors. Sounds like the name of a band. Poor Steve.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

shoot, typo. That is the reason I SAVE old razors. A slip of the fingers. See, that's what happens when Karen calls me in the middle of a comment!

L said...

You really need to get out of my brain. I was just at Walmart the other day buying razors for Jessi. It was like $17 for 4 razors or something ridiculous like that. But then I saw I could get 3 of the same type of razors in the disposable version for only $7. So I got those instead. Maybe if we keep shaving the hair on our legs and in our armpits, evolution will kick in and we will one day be born without it!

@eloh said...

This started when I was in Germany...it was brought on by a secretary that used to lament on not being able to find a nice American husband when so many "fat ass American women" seemed to have not had any trouble.....She wore sleeve-less A LOT....I've always had butt length hair....when she would start in her complaining I would reach around and pull a handful of hair from my head under my arms and just let her rant......she NEVER got it.

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

@ L....Evolution needs to get its butt in gear. But then if it really worked, PMS would a be a thing of the past. I think someone is having a great joke at our expense. I always think of Jason and the Argonauts with the gods watching and fooling around with us mere mortals.

@eloh....I think that dim-witted secretary had a lot of problems if she never got that! Fat ass American women? Sheesh. I am so sorry I cut my butt length hair. It is still long but nowhere near what it was. My oldest daughter has always told me that one day she wants me to be a "bun grandma." You know, with my white hair up in a bun but then it is long when you let it down. Since I have only had ONE gray hair so far, it will be awhile. Makes me miss my grandma now.

TONI B. said...

HILARIOUS! SWEAR...I was just thinking that last night! The good razors cost an arm, a leg, a foot, and a couple of fingers! GEESH

The Machinist's Wife said...

Oh, my armpits ache just thinking about shaving them. Especially just lately, with those cheap disposable razors. I mean - its such a chunk out of the grocery budget to buy decent ones. No wait, I could (possibly) get the Machinist to use his cut-throat under my armpits. But then again, he'll have to watch out for skin-tags.... Ughhh...

Nezzy said...

I'm sayin!!! I was going to replenish both Hubby and my blades last shopping trip. WoW, I'll have to rob a Brinks truck to buy both in on swipe. I bought Hubbys because Hubby well, just Hubby. I'll get mine next trip.

Have a fantastic Halloween weekend!!!

corvedacosta said...

What would the world be like without the razor?

I guess the more expensive they are they sharper and efficient work they do.

There is one thing though, I really trust my barber because they could have killed me in an instant and they didn't.