I've been using Gillette razors since my very first shave. First the Gillette Sensor Excel when I was young, then the Mach 3 when it first came out, on to the Mach 3 Turbo which was a great shave, the gimmicky M3 Power, and for some reason the Fusion and then Fusion Proglide (for reasons unknown to me, I just succumbed to the marketing I suppose).
Over time the price of razors creeped up and up and up, and corporate greed just became overbearing. With my coarse hair I find a single blade lasts me only 5-6 shaves, and becomes uncomfortable once that little moisture strip wears out, so at these ridiculous prices I'm going through 4 razors a month. That's hundreds of dollars a year.
Today I picked up a Schick Hydro 5. Just an amazing shave, this baby is a step up from the Fusion in every way. I've read online that the blades can last for weeks, the moisture strip goes on and on, and the blades are significantly cheaper.
Goodbye Gillette, it's been a good run but I won't be looking back and you won't be getting any more of my hard earned money
PS - For what it's worth I do own a Merkur Double Edge Razor, Badger Hair brush, Truefitt & Hill shaving cream, and use pre-shave oil. Although I loved a DE razor it's really an aquired skill and takes a lot of patience, I just found myself getting too many nicks and I'm getting lazy with day after day of shaving