AIDS and the razor blade industry

Just back from the barber. While he was working on my hair, with massages in between, between bouts of sleep this thought came into mind. And this I have been seeing for around 2 years. Whenever they have to use the razor they’ll make you see that they are removing the old blade and throwing it in a container, which would have a pile of these used blades. The idea behind this is that they want the customer to know that he is using a brand new blade for him. So AIDS awareness has been good I think.
But what becomes a side effect is that each blade gets used only once.
Which means:

  • a blade doesn’t have to have a long life
  • and that it has to be the cheapest possible
  • So the market dynamics for the razor blade companies whose main customers where the barbers would have changed in the last 2-3 years.

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