I had literally no idea that there were mechanical epilators until two weeks ago.

I was wandering about in Walgreens when I saw what looked to be a bikini line trimmer but no, it was one of these jobbies:


I will freely admit that I literally had to read the box to figure out what it actually was. I knew it was a hair removal device of some variety but I had no idea how they worked.

Then I saw the part you're supposed to put against your skin:


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But seriously, has anyone used one? Does it hurt? I'm extremely lazy about shaving and the hair grows back so incredibly fast that it's basically a fool's errand. The box said this keeps the hair at bay for longer than shaving. Is this true?

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ETA: And can I use it on my ladybits?