Panasonic Scams the Poor
The Panasonic ES 3831 men’s electric shaver costs $17.99 at J and R Music World. When the switch of my unit was damaged such that I had to open and close the battery case to turn it off, they told me that a repair would be $45-55. The foil screen is easily damaged so that one has to be careful to keep it from cutting the face. J and R sells a certain Panasonic foil for 97 cents, but it is incompatible with the ES 3831, and they do not sell a compatible part. The compatible part is item WES9941P, which costs $12 on Panasonic’s website. (http://www.pasc.panasonic.com/epartr/PartsListChoice.asp?validate=1)
It would almost be cheaper to buy a replacement razor than buy the foil, even though I just bought a replacement unit last week. I received the first one as a gift from a friend because the razor I had needed to be charged in the wall socket, making it impractical for shelter use, based on the abominable DHS policy against clients using electrical sockets.
This incident leads me to not want to buy Panasonic products, and to recommend that others not waste their money on Panasonic products, either.