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Why do women pay more for stuff?

Posted at 7:32 AM, Feb 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-04 07:32:50-05

It's 2015....not 1958.

But when it comes to what men pay for some things compared to what women have to pay, sometimes it seems like we're still living in the 1950's.

A new report in Kiplingers Personal Finance says women are still treated second class when it comes to certain costs, including:

  • Drycleaning: A ladies shirt still costs more to clean.
  • Car Buying: Kiplingers say men tend to get better deals on the lot.
  • Long Term Care Insurance: Women pay more because they live longer.
  • Haircuts:  Men: $15.  Women: $50.  Sure, most women have longer hair, but what if they have short hair?
  • Fragrance: It's called perfume for women, and the price is about 10 to 100 times more than what men pay for aftershave.
  • Deodorant: Yes, even women's deodorant sticks are priced higher.
  • Razor blades:  Why?  Anyone?
  • Lotion: Men's Suave lotion: $2.50.  Women's lotion: as much as $20 a container. And we haven't even touched on facial creams.

And from the "Doesn't That Stink" file, there's one item where women almost always pay more:  Clothing. Evn though men's clothing is typically bigger and uses more fabric, women's jeans can cost more.

Ditto for shoes and blouses.

If you are a woman, you might say "Doesn't that stink?"

Manufacturers blame constantly changing fashion, where men are okay with the same pair of jeans they sold 50 years ago.

If you're a woman and are unhappy about a particular service charging you more, it doesn't hurt to ask.

They might agree to rethink their policy, and that way you don't waste your money.