10 things women pay more for than men
And we're not talking Jimmy Choo pumps, either. For a variety of reasons, these 10 everyday expenses cost more for women.
This post is from Danielle Warchol of SavingAdvice.com.
Recently, there have been a number of stories in the news about how women pay more for certain items than men. If you’ve ever gone into a store, you might have noticed that similar products for men and women do sometimes have a drastic price difference. Unfortunately, this is an all too common occurrence. Here are a few items that tend to be priced higher for women than men:
1. Dry cleaning
Have you ever gone to drop off some dry cleaning and noticed that a dress is maybe $5 more expensive to clean than a man’s suit? Or that a woman’s blouse is a bit pricier to clean than a man’s dress shirt? There are often a lot of excuses given for why a certain item costs more to clean than another, but women generally pay a good deal more for dry cleaning than men do.
2. Soaps and shampoos
Very often, soaps and shampoos are made with similar (if not identical) materials and ingredients regardless of whether they’re marketed towards women or men. The only difference is usually the scent and color of the packaging. However, many soaps and shampoos for women are twice the cost of what they are for men. There usually isn’t any reason for this price difference, especially once you realize that aside from the scent or packaging, the soap or shampoo is usually made with the same ingredients.
There have been various studies about the varying costs of deodorant, most of which have concluded that women can sometimes pay up to $1 more than men. When researchers from the University of Central Florida questioned manufacturers about the price difference, they were told that products made for women were more expensive to produce. However, the researchers determined that the only notable difference in deodorant or other cosmetic products aimed at men and women was the scent.
4. Shaving cream
Women tend to pay more for shaving cream as well. A Washington, D.C., news team compared shaving creams marketed to men and women and found that shaving cream for women was $2.49 compared with the $1.99 price for a similar product aimed at men. Moreover, the shaving cream for women had 4 ounces less than the shaving cream for men. While a $0.50 difference might not seem like a huge deal, it can add up to hundreds of dollars over a lifetime.
5. New cars
A study done by Yale Law School revealed that women pay more when buying a new car than men. This, it was determined, was done because some car salesmen assumed that women knew nothing about cars, bargaining, or the retail value of the vehicles they were considering. Going on this assumption, they were unlikely to compromise as much as they would for men thus forcing women to pay more for the same vehicle.6. Health care
In the past year you might have seen something in the news about how much more women pay in healthcare costs per year. You might not have realized it, but women pay about $1 billion more in health care costs than men in the United States. Women generally pay a higher premium for health insurance than men, and insurance companies usually claim that it’s because women need more expensive procedures and care throughout their lives. A common one is that women have babies, but the problem is that many health care policies exclude the cost of childbirth.
Women use more cosmetics than men, so it’s understandable that they can be expected to pay more for them. However, when there are two similar products for men or women, women are still being asked to pay more. For instance, eye revitalizers from Neutrogena that are marketed toward women are $5 more expensive than the same Neutrogena product marketed toward men.
Marie Claire magazine did a study in 2012 about the various items women pay more for compared to men. One of the things they noted was that women tend to get charged higher interest rates on loans or credit cards. They stated that in 2006, the Consumer Federation of America announced that women were typically charged around a 3.2% higher interest rate than men. Anyone who has paid interest on a loan or credit card knows that interest significantly adds up after awhile. Essentially, women who are charged a higher interest rate based solely on their gender and not their credit history are paying thousands of dollars more than men who most likely have a similar financial history.
9. Unisex clothing
While the University of Central Florida study quoted earlier focuses on cosmetic products, they do mention in the study that women typically pay more money for gender neutral clothing. For instance, researchers state, a T-shirt or sweatshirt that is unisex and put in both the men or women’s section of the store carries a higher price tag in the women’s section.
10. Car repairs
There have been a lot of studies and experiments about the cost of car repairs for men and women. What many of these studies have determined is that some repair shops charge women more than men, especially if the mechanic believes that the woman is uninformed about cars or car repairs.
This is just a sampling of the products and services that women end up paying more for than men. What other things, in your experience, do women end up paying more for even when the product or service is similar for both?
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Particularly as a woman, I am continually grateful that my father taught me everything but masonry. Not only can I do most all of my own repairs around the house, I know cars. My husband sends me to get the best deal on a new car. I think we should all teach or learn all we can, and do research when we need to, in order that we all have the knowledge and confidence to deal in the world. I taught my own kids and now the grandchildren are learning.
And all of this is one of the major reasons I started buying my clothes in the men's department many years ago and continue to do so to this day.
And here's another item to add to the list: Anyone ever notice how men's underwear may last for two or three years, but women's is doing good to last a single full year? And men's underwear costs far less - a package of six men's briefs for about ten bucks, as opposed to five bucks for a SINGLE PAIR of women's? You do the math.
An "honest" mechanic is in the same category as an "honest" politician...impossible to find, does not exist. For years I have thought of opening a repair shop that caters to women...no inflated prices, no run around, no lies, etc. Hopefully could find well trained technicians who would follow the honesty rule. The ripping off at shops and dealerships is disgraceful!
I have been in the automotive field all my life... started at an aftermarket parts store and for the past 25 years at a dealership...WOMEN need to realize that NOT all dealerships or shops are out there to take advantage of them.. I have many women customers, some with husbands, alot without and a whole lot of kids in college that are not mine...(customers kids). It is important that for them to find someone they can trust...I have a reputation out there, that i look out for the customer as well as my dealership... I advised that trust is a key factor with me....i am proud of the customers I have gained over the years...i live in a snow bird state, i have them call me if they are out of town and something happens that they are not sure of, and the kids in college will call mom or dad and then they will call me or have the kids call me direct...SO PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, NOT ALL DEALERSHIPS ARE BAD....PROUD OF WHAT I DO AND HOW I DO IT...
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