Intellectual property rights in the bathroom

You can get a calculator for 99 cents. Glossing over for a moment the issue of the third world child/slave/prison exploitation that goes into these cheap products, consider that we can manufacture incredibly complex and intricate gizmos for pennies.
 
Why then do razorblades based on a patented design cost nearly two dollars a pop? They’re also made in China for pennies. Why do blades for electric razors cost six dollars? Why do brushes for electric toothbrushes cost four dollars? If the design of those products were in the public domain, their consumer price could be in the pennies.
 
That’s the cost to you in the bathroom of intellectual property rights.

Eric Verlo

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