In case you have not heard, Harry’s is a razor company that specializes in making shaving more affordable. It works like this: You buy the handheld razor stem either online or at a store such as Target (the only retailer where I’ve seen them) and then order a monthly set of suitable blades. You can choose a shave plan. On the Harry’s website it looks like this.
Keep saving on your blades
SUBSCRIBE TO SAVE
You’ll get blades based on how often you shave. Free US shipping always.
The blades sent by Harry’s typically cost about half as much ($7.99) as a similar three or four pack of blades from companies such as Schick or Gillette. Those blades are so expensive stores such as Walgreen’s and CVS package them in security so heavy you’d think they’re selling plutonium slices.
A package of blades typically costs $15.99 for a four pack from Schick or Gillette. That’s about $3.99 per blade compared to $1.87 from Harry’s or Dollar Shave Club.
If you pay retail prices long enough your mind sort of goes numb. That’s why I have what amounts to a razor graveyard in my bathroom. It happened like this. Years ago I bought a razor handle for a three-blade razor. I think that was from Gillette. So I went back to the store for a three-pack blade set and those were discontinued or all out of stock. So I mistakenly bought a four-blade pack, and the little neck thingy did not work with the three blade-razor.
That pissed me off so much I bought a Schick four-blade razor handle next time at the store. But then if memory serves I went back to the Walgreen’s and picked up a five-blade pack instead. And that one didn’t fit my four-blade Schick handle.
So now I was really pissed. And instead of buying a four-blade or a five-blade Gillette or Schick Razor pack, I bought a set of three Schick three-blade handles with the razors already on them. And they cost less than the four-blade or the five-blade packs even without the handles.
I don’t know the perverse logic behind this scheme. It has made me a cynical razor user by every measure. This is compounded by the fact that when I use razors to shave any part of my head other than the top of my scalp, I tend to hack away skin and come out looking like a torture victim from that movie about a Dragon Tattoo.
So I was interested to find a message in my inbox from the woman at Harry’s who followed up on my order. When I filled out the Harry’s Personal Info while making my order, it asked politely if I was a person that shaved my head.
Here’s what Katie from Harry’s wrote back:
My name is Katie, and I’m a member of the Harry’s team. I wanted to reach out and say thanks for supporting Harry’s.
You are important to us, and I am here to personally help you however I can.
You mentioned that you are a head shaver. We care about you, and want to make sure you have the best experience with our products as possible. Our blades are specially designed for your face, and we don’t recommend them for head shaving. If you’re planning on using this product to shave your face, that’s great! Let me know how I can make your shaving experience the best it can be.
If you purchased our razors solely to shave your head and would like a refund for your purchase, I’d be happy to provide that for you as a part of our satisfaction guarantee. We’re working on solutions for head shaving as we speak, and we’ll be sure to let you know when we make a razor for head shaving.
Thanks again for your support, and I hope to speak soon!
All the best,
Now Katie seems quite sweet. But Harry’s failed to ask a question that I’m not sure they though to think about. And that is, there are many men out there (and Harry’s target’s the male consumer) who shave many other parts of our bodies. That includes our legs, if we’re cyclists.
So I’m going to write Katie back and perhaps send her a nice photo of my leg-shaving plans from this weekend. I’m sure she’ll appreciate that.