View Full Version : Buying razors with the intent to PIF them.
06-09-2009, 11:02 PM
Is this some sort of really odd type of RAD that I'm tinkering with? I've purchased several razors that I've identified as underpriced, or really good "deals", with the sole intent of PIFing them to others later.
I've gotten a good bit of gratification from gifting to complete strangers with no return compensation to myself other than thinking that I made someone happy by providing them with a gift. Is this weird? Is it stepping over some kind of socially acceptical boundary? I'm cognizant that most people feel awkward about accepting something for nothing, but I like to think that I can spread a small random act of kindness in an otherwise pessimistic and skeptical world. Please let me know if I should quit this practice before I contribute to the skepticizim.
06-10-2009, 02:07 AM
If you feel this way, then why not? Especially beginners razors (i.e. not red tip Gillettes or broken/bent ones) are nice to PIF.
Then again, when you decide not to pif em and keep it for yourself it's ok. They're fine deals so they won't hurt you, will they?
06-10-2009, 02:30 AM
It's not weird. It's nice. It is a sad world when nice gets equated with weird. Keep it up and good for you.
06-10-2009, 03:45 AM
Johnnie Razor Seed!
excellent - good for you!
Not weird at all - generous and thoughtful... spread the fever!
06-10-2009, 04:29 AM
It's admirable that you want to PIF razors, "spreading the Gospel of Wetshaving" so to speak. It's not an uncommon practice here, so feel free. I've seen members PIF razors to newbs with less than "X" number of posts, have little contests with them, and ask only that the receiver also PIF the razor at some point if they should stop using it.
06-10-2009, 04:44 AM
While the Pay it Forward attitude is prevalent here on the B&B it is fleeting in the everyday world. I think it is fantastic that you are doing this. I've done three complete starter kits and I'm working on six more right now. I now exactly what you mean and it feels fantastic! I say stick with it!
06-10-2009, 06:38 AM
I have the benefit of still finding razors in antique shops priced as "neat little razors that my Grand Dad used to use" and not collector's items. There have been a few I've picked up cheap, as in 2-3 bucks, and PIF'd or hope to PIF soon. I always include the stipulation that if the person ends up not liking the razor or tires of using it they should PIF it as well. I don't think I've upset any skeptics yet:smile:
06-10-2009, 10:00 AM
I think this is very admirable, and the kind of thing that makes B&B such a supportive community. Kudos, Sir!
06-10-2009, 10:34 AM
I have well over 60 razors. Most of these I plan on selling. Several are being considered for PIF purposes. I got one PIF when I was brand new here and I think it is a great idea and look forward to returning the favor.
06-10-2009, 11:29 AM
Perhaps in the world of shaving this is odd. Saint Nicholas had a beard so you may be an innovator.
06-10-2009, 02:02 PM
It's a great and cool thing to do. Makes the recipients feel grateful, you feel good, it perpetuates this fine brotherhood of the blade. Win, Win, Win.
I am really looking forward to the day when I can start PIFing out some gear.
06-10-2009, 02:05 PM
Goes hand in hand with my emergency PIF kit idea:
06-10-2009, 03:14 PM
It's not weird at all. I find it admirable. I was the recipient of a couple of pretty good PIF's when I first started hanging out here, and have since sent those PIF's on to someone else.
Good on you, sir! :thumbup1:
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