I recently investigated DollarShaveClub.com which has a great marketing campaign, launched with an amazing viral video and offers shaving supplies delivered to your doorstep at reasonable prices. However, I cringed at the idea of getting sucked into providing a perpetual revenue stream for these guys. I don't like the idea of a having yet another monthly bill, especially for something like shaving supplies.
I did a little more investigating and it turns out that DollarShaveClub.com is just a re-seller. They acquire their razors from Dorco USA, re-package them, jack up the price and sell them to the consumer. Consider this: Dollar Shave Club's high-end razor, "The Executive", which has six blades, lube strips and a pivoting head, will cost you $90 over 10 months (razor plus 3 catridges per month). Dorco offers a six-blade model, the SXA1000, that has the same features as "The Executive", but costs only $28.66 for a 10-month supply (the razor plus 30 cartridges).
I took the plunge and ordered from Dorco. Apparently, they're perpetually out-of-stock of many of their items. I was able to get their Father's Day variety pack for a mere $29.50 which consists of:
- SXA5000: 6 Blade with Trimmer System for Men
- TRA1040: 3 Blade System for Men Cartridges (x4)
- SXA200 3B: 6 Blade Disposable for Men
- FRA100 3B: 4 Blade Disposable for Men (x7)
Bottom line here is, if you can deal with their inventory issues and don't mind ordering your supplies in bulk, then Dorco offers a great way to shave and save.
EDIT: March 5, 2013: About 9 months after making this order, I'm down to just a few of the four blade disposable razors. I went ahead and ordered the six-pack of 6-blade cartridge refills along with an additional four-pack of 6-blade refills. So, I like the Dorco shaving experience enough to order from them again. Inventory didn't seem to be an issue this time, as everything appeared to be "in stock" on their website. And my original Dorco shaving handle is still in great shape, so, no need to order a new one of those just yet.
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