The price of being female - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

The price of being female

May 5, 2004

Albany-- We expect retailers to treat all customers equally. But that's not always the case. On average, women can pay almost 10 to 50 percent more than men for similar products, from dry cleaning to grocery shopping.

It's can be seen in everything from cereal aisles to clothing racks and it's not the glaring beauty of the garments it's the stinking price tags.

Women paying  alittle bit extra for roducts almost identical to those used by men. On average women will pay higher prices for everything from health services to comestics.

"Sure they'll pay a premium if it's something they like or they need," says retailer Jacquelyn Harrold.

And from cereals to diet bars and everything in-between retailers are banking on the idea that women will pay more something that is specially made for them even if it  isn't.

For example we found dry cleaners charge almost twice as much to clean a woman's blouse then a man's shirt. And when we asked why?

"The only time there is a difference is when the women cloths that are not cut right are put to machine," says Tammy Cotton. 

A press machine that's the perfect size for a man's shirt  when the the majority of customers who use dry cleaning are women. 

But the unfairness in prices might just be a result of traditional idea that women things are special creative marketing that puts a high price tag on beauty some are willing to pay. 

"I guess we want to feel or look beautiful," says one female shopper.

But pretty or not is it fair? 

"If the same product is offered to a man then I think it should be the same price. If the results are  suppose to be the same," says another female shopper.

Experts say cutting coupons can help level an uneven field as can shopping online.

posted at 6:40PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • Student leaves ASU after facing financial aid issues

    Student leaves ASU after facing financial aid issues

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:29:43 GMT
    A young girl left school at Albany State University on Friday. (Source: WALB)A young girl left school at Albany State University on Friday. (Source: WALB)

    It was an emotional Friday for the freshman A'Lauren Camp and her friends she had to say goodbye.  She said she is one of many students who had financial aid issues this year at Albany State University. 

    More >>

    It was an emotional Friday for the freshman A'Lauren Camp and her friends she had to say goodbye.  She said she is one of many students who had financial aid issues this year at Albany State University. 

    More >>
  • President Carter honored with GSW Presidential Plaza dedication

    President Carter honored with GSW Presidential Plaza dedication

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:05:27 GMT
    President Jimmy Carter retunrns to the GSW campus (Source: WALB)President Jimmy Carter retunrns to the GSW campus (Source: WALB)

    Dedication of Georgia Southwestern State University's "Presidential Plaza"  is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Wheatley Administration Building Lawn, on the Georgia Southwestern State campus in Americus. This new area on campus serves as the centerpiece to the University's signature entrance.  The west or front side of the plaza features a set of planted hedges that spell "GSW." The east or plaza side includes a mounted hand signature in cement from Pre...

    More >>

    Dedication of Georgia Southwestern State University's "Presidential Plaza"  is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Wheatley Administration Building Lawn, on the Georgia Southwestern State campus in Americus. This new area on campus serves as the centerpiece to the University's signature entrance.  The west or front side of the plaza features a set of planted hedges that spell "GSW." The east or plaza side includes a mounted hand signature in cement from Pre...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly