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gaseousclay
08-31-2009, 07:39 PM
how many of you do it? I bought a Fatboy and a Tech on ebay and i've set them aside in my office for cleaning. my other razors are proudly on display in the bathroom but I'm apprehensive about putting my new purchases out for her to see. any of you hide your shaving gear for fear of pissing off the gf or wife?

Jethro1984
08-31-2009, 07:42 PM
how many of you do it? I bought a Fatboy and a Tech on ebay and i've set them aside in my office for cleaning. my other razors are proudly on display in the bathroom but I'm apprehensive about putting my new purchases out for her to see. any of you hide your shaving gear for fear of pissing off the gf or wife?

Does she show you her new shoes or clothes when she's been shopping?

Luc
08-31-2009, 07:46 PM
Unless you get questions, don't say anything! :biggrin:

SWMBO is very comprehensive, so I guess that I'm lucky. I sell what I don't use anymore and if it make sense price-wise, I get it. I didn't get 'the chat' yet. I should be all right. I just need to be able to sneak a super-nice straight in and I'm all set!

amishmotorboat
08-31-2009, 07:52 PM
I wish it worked that way for me. Problem is that I'm at work when the mail comes. Today was a killer. 6 packages of razors, and I just paid for two more recently. One of which was my birth year and quarter super adjustable. "Out of control" were her words.

tgarza
08-31-2009, 07:58 PM
It's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

gone down south
08-31-2009, 07:59 PM
Won't she see the credit card bills? That's how I always get busted.

Jethro1984
08-31-2009, 08:05 PM
It's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

Never a truer statement.

Topgumby
08-31-2009, 08:06 PM
Strategery, boy, strategery.

She'll pretend to show interest in the first one because she loves you, and wants to share what you like.

Make sure the second one is different, so if your first is a Tech, get an adjustable. Show her, in mind numbing detail, the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The third one might be paydirt. It might take longer. But one glorious day, she will loudly ask:

"What in the world do you need ALL these razors for?"

This means she has no idea how many you really have. Start sneaking them in.

Also, if you think she is on the warpath, simply take your new razor to a buddy, and have him drop by later. When he leaves, he'll give it back and say, "Oh, thanks for letting me borrow this!"

It's close to the truth, and it works.

Jatte
08-31-2009, 08:11 PM
lol, make sure that thenext razor you get is worth it for you and pick up a lady gillette for her, she won't be able to complain :D

r0ckrat
08-31-2009, 08:21 PM
I'm guilty, although (almost) all are on display...

koso
08-31-2009, 08:37 PM
I (partially) fund my habit by refurbishing and flipping dingy dogs I find. This means I sell alot on the Bay :blushing: but have also offered some here.

I have a couple grubbos on the way that I'm pretty sure are Fat Boys, though the pics were pretty bad (I was the only bidder on either).

If that turns out true, they clean up well and work, I will have covered the nut for the near-mint NEW I just won, and the 40's Aristocrat and Goodwill I picked up over the weekend.

That doesn't stop me from getting this :001_rolle when they come in, though....

mainaman
08-31-2009, 08:44 PM
To my wife they all look the same and luckily for me she does not count.
Sh finds out after I sell.
I receive all packages at work, I also have my own paypal acc, and she never sees the debit card statmenets,they go straight in the file cabinet.
I do purchase with some sense of sanity so the bank account is healthy though.

mdunn
08-31-2009, 09:25 PM
"but honey, ive had this one for months - I just sent it out for cleaning"

gaseousclay
09-01-2009, 04:02 AM
I receive all packages at work, I also have my own paypal acc, and she never sees the debit card statmenets,they go straight in the file cabinet.
I do purchase with some sense of sanity so the bank account is healthy though.

same here. I have my own paypal acct and a separate bank account so she doesn't know what i'm buying. it's not like i'm dropping several hundred on shave gear.

Jatte - I did buy the missus a lady gillette and she loves it. still though, I can't justify new safety razor purchases to her without it turning into an argument about money :frown:

fidjit
09-01-2009, 04:35 AM
I have a Supplier related Rewards Scheme Debit Visa Card and a paypal account that wifey can't/doesn't see.

I use these to purchase unless cash is the only option. Things get shipped to work not to hide things from wifey but because there's always someone there to receive and sign for if required ( yeah right :tongue_sm )

Things will get put in drawers and be revealed when the time is right :001_smile

Razors are rotated on the top of the bench anyway, so she doesn't pick up new razor purchases.

That all being said she's actually pretty cool with this "hobby" as it's MUCH cheaper than any other my other previous hobbies ( and in fact probably MUCH cheaper than here clothes/shoe/handbag/jewellery shopping ) .......... :001_smile


p.s. if you have kids, don't buy things when they're with you and tell them "Don't tell mum".........damned little blighters :tongue_sm

danster.shay
09-01-2009, 05:07 AM
It's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

+1
My father-in-law demands that I learn this... cool guy, and he must know his daughter pretty well.

Ru4scuba?
09-01-2009, 05:14 AM
"Out of control" were her words.

Wow...are we married to the same woman? LOL! :lol:

VegasShaver
09-01-2009, 03:41 PM
Strategery, boy, strategery.

She'll pretend to show interest in the first one because she loves you, and wants to share what you like.

Make sure the second one is different, so if your first is a Tech, get an adjustable. Show her, in mind numbing detail, the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The third one might be paydirt. It might take longer. But one glorious day, she will loudly ask:

"What in the world do you need ALL these razors for?"

This means she has no idea how many you really have. Start sneaking them in.

Also, if you think she is on the warpath, simply take your new razor to a buddy, and have him drop by later. When he leaves, he'll give it back and say, "Oh, thanks for letting me borrow this!"

It's close to the truth, and it works.

Pat McManus says this works for guns, too. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Uncle Shakey
09-01-2009, 04:18 PM
I told her if she is in a resale shop, antique store, yard sale, Goodwill or Salvation Army to buy it. I also told her not to go more than 10 for a safety razor or 20 for a straight. That way she thinks I'm cheap and has no idea of what I paid for my Ikon.

rac
09-01-2009, 04:43 PM
hi all
just tell the wife that you had it for a couple or years ,:001_smile
think she will get a bit suspicious when you have 20 more,ha
:biggrin:

Topgumby
09-01-2009, 04:56 PM
Pat McManus says this works for guns, too. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

It does. Pat's a genius.

gaseousclay
09-01-2009, 06:27 PM
hi all
just tell the wife that you had it for a couple or years ,:001_smile
think she will get a bit suspicious when you have 20 more,ha
:biggrin:

that would automatically implicate me - i've only been wetshaving for 6-7 months :biggrin:

Emmett
09-01-2009, 06:47 PM
Just don't look under my desk, that's all I have to say. :a2:

thirdeye
09-01-2009, 06:51 PM
Does she show you her new shoes or clothes when she's been shopping?

:thumbup:..........Perfect...

"Look honey, when I was out today I found this lovely perfume for you, oh and while I was there I picked up a little something for me as well....."

gaseousclay
09-01-2009, 07:02 PM
Does she show you her new shoes or clothes when she's been shopping?

yes, she does. she's fairly tight with money so she frequents thrift stores quite a bit. i'd say the amount she spends on stuff far exceeds the amount I spend on shaving goods.

rainman
09-01-2009, 07:25 PM
My wife pretends like everything is fine when a new razor shows up although I know otherwise. I think that she pretends to be cool with it so I'll be honest with her with the razors I have. I actually have cut down very far now. Down to 2 razors. One for the head, one for the face. I mentioned this to my wife and she replied, "That's this week, things might be different in a week or two".

Barbarian
09-01-2009, 07:35 PM
Jethro1984 is correct.

Anytime the SWMBO starts to whine about any amount of money I spend I simply open the door to her walk in closet. She immediately stops talking.

My wife does seem to understand the razor thing though. It is grooming after all, which is something my wife likes me to do. If not for my shaving addiction I would be a typical poorly groomed dude with messy hair and a wrinkled T-shirt. At least now I am a well groomed, good smelling studmuffin with semi-neat hair and a wrinkled T-shirt.

Women see need vs. want much differently than men. Clothes = need; Guns = want. They can wrap their pretty little heads around Razors = need with some convincing.

Zumkopf
09-01-2009, 07:40 PM
The one time she mentioned my getting another razor, I pointed out I was in constant pursuit of the perfect shave, which benefitted her more than me. Ever since I started DE shaving, my face being smoother, she gets less whisker-burn, everyone's happy.

She then pointed out there was another solution to avoiding whisker-burn. But so far she hasn't applied it.

The trick is never keep the razors together. So long as SWMBO can only see one or two, they all look alike to her, and she doesn't really know how many there are. Which is good, because I've managed to accumulate quite a few in a fairly short period of time. The perfect shave, she is a demanding mistress...

ctakim
09-02-2009, 12:58 AM
I point out that I started wetshaving to save money on those expensive cartridges! Just ignore that man behind the curtin with 20 shave soaps (2 Penhaligons!) and about 150 DE razors!:eek:

SRock
09-02-2009, 03:01 AM
I'm fortunate. I don't feel the need to hide my AD's from my wife.

Gunky
09-02-2009, 06:11 AM
im not married yet but my girlfriend sure hates when i spend money on anything lol, though i sold a lot of stuff so she has no idea that most of the money went to more vintage gillettes

ateace
09-02-2009, 08:05 AM
1.) Have items shipped to work address.

2.) At home, place shavegear at the back of cabinet shelves, taking care to display her things prominently at the front of the shelves. She'll never have a reason to poke around in back. Shave gear safe and unnoticed.

Robxcarlson
09-02-2009, 08:44 AM
I don't hide anything from my wife... which doesn't mean I tell her everything, but does mean that we share the financial responsibilities and are open with each other. In the past, I would ask her before I made a purchase, as a courtesy. However, we spent a lot of time working on a household budget and gave ourselves each an allowance with the rule that we don't have to justify how we spend our respective allowances. So long as I don't go over my monthly free spending money, I don't have to tell her what I buy with it. When I need more money I sell a razor or two - I try not to collect, but I do a lot of "sampling." I think having a monthly limit really helps keep spending in line, too.

Deltaboy
09-02-2009, 08:45 AM
My wife don't care :biggrin: I get cash from the ATM to buy cokes and ice cream and I hord the change until I have enough to buy some Razors on my Garagesale / Thrift and Junk store haunts. :biggrin: I encourage her to buy all the Beauty Control/ Mary Kay she wants.

40_Caliber
09-02-2009, 11:33 AM
Have to admit I'm a little disappointed with this thread so far. Usually by page two someone has at least suggested the use of chloroform as one method to smuggle new items into the shave den. :001_rolle

I have it pretty easy. I just put the new stuff right out in the open on "my shelf". Usually takes her weeks to notice anything new...by then it's too late. Oh that....had it for weeks.. :lol: :smile:

tlanning
09-02-2009, 11:33 AM
Mine just gets that tight little lip thing and says "OK, keep smoking, I'll be having a sale soon"!!

Wonder what that means:lol::biggrin:

Noebie
09-02-2009, 11:41 AM
there was a moment a week or so ago when my wife asked something to the effect of "do you really need all three of these old razors?" and i said "you mean six"

and she laughed - and that was pretty much the end of it

so long as i meet my obligations (which i always do) she doesn't pester me about things like this - same deal with other "hobbies" or whatever

kingfisher
09-02-2009, 01:01 PM
The obvious answer has already been mentioned, but it bears repeating.

If your wife is the least bit like mine, she can't tell a Tech from a Fatboy from a Merkur. A razor is a razor. She can tell an injector from a DE, but that's about it.

So, proudly display your razors, to be sure; just substitute the new acquisition for one of the old ones it most closely resembles, and put the old one out of sight. She looks over, sees there are still three razors on display......problem solved.

Every time she looks, there are three razors displayed. There is a rotation going on of which she is blissfully unaware. As long as only three are in sight, all is well in the world.

grouse79
09-02-2009, 04:42 PM
I'm free and single but one lady at work told me she buys one new pair of shoes each month. (By contrast I bought three pairs of the same shoes about 2 years ago.) Women also seem to have this bizarre handbag acquisition which I swear I will never understand. How many guys say they need a new outfit for a wedding/Christmas party, etc.

I'd say we men have a long way to go before we match the extend of collection stuff that the ladies have.

gaseousclay
09-02-2009, 06:18 PM
The obvious answer has already been mentioned, but it bears repeating.

If your wife is the least bit like mine, she can't tell a Tech from a Fatboy from a Merkur. A razor is a razor. She can tell an injector from a DE, but that's about it.

So, proudly display your razors, to be sure; just substitute the new acquisition for one of the old ones it most closely resembles, and put the old one out of sight. She looks over, sees there are still three razors on display......problem solved.

Every time she looks, there are three razors displayed. There is a rotation going on of which she is blissfully unaware. As long as only three are in sight, all is well in the world.

good point. I was cleaning my Gillette Tech at the kitchen table and the wife asked me if it was a new razor. I told her no and that I wanted to rewash some of my razors because I might've been doing it wrong all along. I'll have to go do the ole switcharoo right now :biggrin: