Pink Tax: How Much Extra Does It Cost A Woman To Shop?
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Pink Tax: How Much Extra Does It Cost A Woman To Shop?

Because it's still a man's world.

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Pink Tax: How Much Extra Does It Cost A Woman To Shop?
Orange County Register

'Pink' tax is the extra amount of money that women have to pay for things like deodorant and razors, but how much does it really affect women and their wallets?

*(All prices come from Walmart.com)*


1. Shampoo (Dove Oxygen Moisture/Charge Shampoo 12 fl oz)

Women's: $4.98 vs. Men's: $3.97. I noticed something really weird that I've never noticed before now when looking up these, I scrolled down to specifications at the bottom of the page to see if there are any real differences between the two I noticed this weird little bar that said 'Gender'. I've never noticed it before, and it just struck me as strange.


2. Body Wash (Axe Body wash 16 oz)

Women's: $3.97 vs. Men's: $3.97. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised (and shocked) by this one, it was nice to see the equal pricing for the same amount of product.


3. Razors (Gillette Sensitive Disposable Razors)

Women's: $6.97 vs Men's: $5.97. I kind of figured that this one would be the kicker but I didn't realize how large the gap really is for razors. Something I want to point your attention to is the amount of razors in each pack. Same type of razor, but the men's pack has one more than the women's. So for men that's $1.49 per razor, and for women it's $2.32 per razor. Almost a whole dollar more per razor just for being pink.


4. Shaving Cream (Gillette Sensitive Shave Gel 7 oz Pack of 2)

Women's: $3.74 vs. Men's: $3.54. This one wasn't as bad as I expected, but I assume it isn't worse since women are paying a nearly a full dollar extra for one less razor.

5. Deodorant (Degree Dry Protection)


Women's: $2.47 vs. Men's: $2.47. Now you may be thinking "Hey! Look! Something else that's equal!" but sadly you'd be wrong. Although the prices are the same the amounts are different. The women's deodorant is 2.6 oz while the men's is 2.7, you might think I'm being too nit picky on this one but honestly it bothers me that they can't be equal.


6. Underwear (Fruit of the Loom Briefs)


Women's: $8.96 vs. Men's: $8.96. Once again I have to point out that the men's comes with more, in this case the men's was a 7 pack while the women's was only a 6 pack.


6. Socks (Hanes Cushion Ankle 6 Pack)

Women's: $11.78 vs. Men's: $8.99. This one I really couldn't believe, considering these socks look identical. Oh well, us poor women and our dainty feet.


7. T-Shirt (Hanes Small Short Sleeved T-Shirt)

Women's: $4.36 vs. Men's: $2.49. I've bought a few t-shirts from Walmart before, needing a plain one for this and that but I never realized the difference in price between the men and women's. It's crazy to me, exact same type of shirt, same size, same color, different prices. It honestly makes no sense to me.


Grand Total:

Women: $47.23 Men: $40.36


While I'm sure some people will see the total and say "Ha, it's only $7" they're forgetting about things that women have to by that men don't. Things like bras, pads, tampons, and midol. All things that are expensive and can quickly make that seeming low $47, shoot up to $80 in a heartbeat. And when women only get paid 78 cents for every dollar a man makes (according to whitehouse.gov), it makes the fact that women's products are more expensive than men's seem ridiculous. So when women get paid less, and have to buy more, why are those things more expensive?

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