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DUP's Gregory Campbell in a lather over razor blade price rise

By John Mulgrew

While the price of razor blades may not be at the cutting edge of political debate, one Northern Ireland MP has brought his concerns over their ever-rising cost to the House of Commons.

Gregory Campbell has got in a lather about the “exorbitant increase in the retail price of men's razor blade cartridges”.

The DUP MP has now tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Office of Fair Trading and consumer bodies to “investigate this sector”.

His motion noted that prices have increased by “almost 100%” or “some 10 times greater than the price of inflation” in three years.

It adds that “the production costs per cartridge are in pence while marketing, packaging and profiteering are resulting in margins of around a thousand per cent”.

According to the Daily Mail, an industry insider claimed in 2009 that Gillette’s Fusion range of blades cost only £0.05 each to make, yet sell for up to £2.43.

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