When a Sale Costs You More

When a Sale Costs You More


I can’t resist a bargain. Whether it’s an awesome board game picked up at the thrift store or an online discount shopping site, I love the thrill of the hunt – and the find! There have been times where I diligently collected, clipped and organized coupons and ended up with enough toothpaste, cleaners and deodorant to last a really long time.

The one thing I discovered, however, is that some things aren’t cheaper in the long run just because they are on sale. Often, a starter pack is deeply discounted or free via a sale coupled with coupons, but the refills never get discounted that much. Some examples of products that can cost you in the long run: air freshener kits like Renuizit and Glade and cleaning kits like Swiffer or Scrubbing Bubbles. The one we recently realized was a doozie – razors. Through coupons and promotions, we stocked up on several starter razor packages for hubby. We have a variety but he found he preferred some more than others. When he told me he needed to pick up replacement blades, I started searching for coupons. Know what I found? Nothing. No coupons for refills. We ended up paying a whopping $34 for replacement blades for the starter pack that was basically free. Ack. I guess I should have realized it sooner because the drugstores keep the refills in a locked cabinet but the starter packs on regular pegs or shelves.

Don't you hate when you need refills for your razor but the best "sale" isn't much of a deal? SahmReviews.com shares a solution.

About that same time, I saw a promotion for 800razors.com and was taken in by their marketing. It hit close to home since I just spent a ton on a small package of razor blade refills. I sent them an email with my story and they said that’s a common response that they receive. They offered to send me a package to try out. I figured it would be akin to purchasing an off-name brand and wasn’t sure how we would like them but it certainly didn’t hurt to try.

They were supposed to send razors for my husband to compare to the expensive ones we had purchased but they sent a package of women’s razors instead. They compare their 5-blade razor to a Venus, which coincidentally is what I have been using. Like for the men, brand-name refills are not cheap.

I have pretty sensitive skin and figured I would end up with razor burn from an “As Seen on TV” razor. If so, I would be no worse for wear and decided to give it a try. It’s more common for me to shave in the shower than in a bath so I’m often rushing instead of relaxing. Multiple blade, super-sharp razors scare me (because I’m lazy and rush through it) and I was pretty sure I was going to end up with nicks and cuts all over my legs. To my surprise, the blades gave a close shave without causing any burns or breakouts. The razor refills have a nice aloe strip and some people might forgo soap or shaving cream. I prefer shaving cream but for people looking for that aloe strip, these have it and it hasn’t gotten all gummed up like some do. The blades rinsed off extremely easily, too, which is a problem I notice with some razors. I don’t know if it has to do with blade spacing or what but it wasn’t a concern with the razors from 800razors.com.

Wondering how much they cost? A wallet-friendly 12 cartridges for under $20, a definite savings over the pricetag on brand-name refills at the store. Think of it this way – you can buy ONE package for less than most refills. If you don’t like them, just take advantage of their Burn-Free guarantee – referring not just to your skin but also to your wallet!

I just keep circling back to the realization that sometimes a sale costs you more in the long run. For more information on products from 800razors.com, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

37 comments on «When a Sale Costs You More»

  1. I’ve tried 1-800-razors, and I loved the product as well! I think they are a great deal!

  2. Keikilani says:

    You are so right. Not all deals are really good deals! I will have to check out these razors.

  3. AHHH!! No! I just spent $25 on a refill pack of razor blades 2 days ago!!!! I would totally take them back; except I already opened it and used one!
    That is it! I am definitely trying 800Razors! I can’t keep spending that much for razor blades! And the husband is about ready for more razors himself. Thank you for this! I have to try these!

  4. Marina says:

    It’s funny how we take for granted little purchases despite their price. In the long run, all those figures add up! It’s good to know we have cheaper alternatives.

  5. Jenn says:

    800 Razors is awesome! We switched to them last year, for both the men’s and the women’s razors, and haven’t looked back. They’re just as good as the popular name brands, and they’re a LOT cheaper. 😀

  6. Carlee C says:

    I had seen this company advertised and wondered how the razors were. Thanks for the informative review.

  7. Awesome to hear, I so agree, usually the refills aren’t worth purchasing at all. I’ll have to look into these, thanks!

  8. Pam says:

    Oh, I totally agree with you about the razors. I got the starter kits free, but the replacement costs–wow! I need to try 1-800- Razors.

  9. Lisa says:

    So true – often times I spend more hunting for an awesome deal than I should. Especially if it is something I didn’t need but got sucked into because of the price!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    I’ve heard about this before, and it’s nice to know the quality is there even though it’s priced so well!

  11. Krista says:

    These are the only razors we use! Love them!

  12. Toni says:

    I have never heard of this site before. I agree, though, if you are shopping sales simply to shop sales they definitely end up costing more.

  13. Brandy says:

    I have never heard of 1-800razors before. Razors are so expensive so I am happy to check them out to see if they have great deals on my regular brand.

  14. Dawn Lopez says:

    Wow, this IS a darn good deal! I love your reviews, they’re unbelievably helpful. My husband goes through razors like they are going out of style. I need to check this out and consider hopping on the wagon!

  15. Stefani says:

    I totally agree on not all deals are great ones. I do my research to make sure my money is well spent when it comes to coupon shopping.

  16. This sounds like an awesome deal! We will have to check it out! We need razors constantly as my hubby shaves his head at least twice a week!

  17. I’ve never tried this service before but, I sure have heard of it. I’ve actually forgotten but, now I want to try this! Thanks going to check it out again.

  18. This is great news! I have heard about this razor before, but never gave attention to it. But I guess, with your review, I would certainly try this one. 🙂

  19. I need to look into this. Between my husband & 2 teenagers we use tons of razors.

  20. Jenn says:

    I am going to have to check these out! I feel like we spend so much money on my daughter’s shaving supplies, it really couldn’t hurt to give them a try!

  21. Those sound great, I haven;t heard of these before. I will have to check them out!

  22. Razor blades are so expensive. I definitely need to look into this!

  23. Great deal and thanks for sharing! I have never understood why razors are so expensive but I thank you for showing me a way to save money!!

  24. k says:

    Good to know!! My husband is real serious about his razors and I personally don’t use them very often anymore…I know hard to believe but it’s true!!

  25. Never heard of them.. what about the quality because my skin is sensitive and often get nicks at any moment.. I am a venus with olay type of goal. Do they have those with lotion?

    1. Nicole says:

      DaisyRay – I actually have very sensitive skin and break out really easily from shaving. These didn’t give me any issue at all. They have the aloe bar like Venus. 800Razors.com has a guarantee so check that out – even consider contacting them for feedback before ordering. You may be surprised how well these work with sensitive skin!

  26. I need to look into this as hubby goes through a lot of razors. I love a deal

  27. Jamie says:

    I’ve heard a lot of people who used sites like that and loved it. I just keep an eye open for when I can get a sale and use a coupon at the same time!

  28. This is the exact reason I always look at the regular price of replacement cartridges on any product before I buy the starter pack. I’ve never heard of 1-800razors before, but it definitely sounds like something worth looking into. My husband goes through razors fast.

  29. I’m a like to coupon, but not an extreme couponer. I too notice that my coupons are either for starter kit or disposable. Which made me switch to buying the disposable because I can get a better deal. Those replacement blades are expensive!!! I have not used 800razors.com, but I will be checking the site out.

  30. Really solid points. I was an avid couponer for a while, but the other thing about couponing that people don’t calculate as a “Cost” is time–it takes time to sort all those coupons. Thanks for sharing what a nice alternative!

  31. I saw this on Shark Tank…I think. I seem to have about 15 handles with no blades I found during the move. Looks like a winner to me.

  32. Angelica says:

    Great tips! I love a good discount too! 😉

  33. I guess the companies have to make money one way or another, and the refills are the way to go. I’ve found it happens with a lot of stuff. The coffee machines often use the pods as the way to make the money.

  34. So so true! Razor cartridges are ridiculously priced, drives me crazy every time I have to buy them for my husband especially.

  35. I agree. I never buy the refills because they’re just too expensive. In the end I’ve usually wound up with disposables. This sounds like a great alternative.

  36. nicole dz says:

    Wow awesome deal for razors! They cost to much in stores! Awesome there’s some for men and women.

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