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Women Pay More Than Men

Updated on February 27, 2014

I’m not a feminist and I’m not trying to turn this into a women against men argument. I’m simply trying to enlighten women to help them save money.

Some women that are single may never have a reason to go to the men’s department of a store so they aren’t aware of the price difference or know they can buy men's products and save money.


While shopping for Maca I noticed they had this product in two different areas of the health food store. One place was in a location for men’s health products and the other was for woman hormone supplements.

I compared the price as well as ingredients and found that the bottle contained the same quantity and strength but there was a significant price difference: as much as $6.00.

At first I thought well perhaps they add in some extra ingredients to the women’s bottle for menopause symptoms. No. There was nothing different, it was the same stuff.

You might think this was only true for this particular store but it isn’t. Every health food store I’ve been to as well as online suppliers charge the same difference for the men’s supplements and women’s supplements of the same herb.

This is true with other medications that men or women can take the only difference will be wording on the side, made for men or made for women. Sometimes they’ll add flowers to a woman’s bottle but come on, how much does it cost to draw a couple daisies?


I buy shavers for my husband as well as myself and noticed the packaging and colors were different but aside from that they seemed about the same: aloe vera strip, sensitive skin and number of blades. I compared prices and there’s where the real difference was. The brand I bought was $2.00 more than the men’s version.

I’m sure lavender or pink dye doesn’t cost more than blue or gray but they have us convinced so we pay more. Oh and don’t forget the flowers. You would think some artist must be making a good living to draw those flowers but I seriously doubt it.

You might say well, the men’s blades are tougher since a man’s beard is thicker than a woman’s leg hair. But that is not the case. One time while traveling my husband forgot to pack his shaver so I let him use mine. I asked him if he could tell a difference in the shavers and he said, “No.” As far as he could tell they shaved the same.

And at any rate if a man’s shaver is stronger and holds up longer you would think they would cost more, not the other way around.


They would like us to think that a woman’s scent costs more and of course there are those flowers so they must charge us more. Again, it depends on the brand but you can pay sometimes twice as much for women’s deodorant compared to the men’s.

There are unscented choices in the men’s department so you can easily buy them and not smell like a man but most women don’t realize this or take the time to consider it. And then there are some women that want lady like colors and packaging and not the lumberjack on the side. At the gym other women might think you are a manly woman and not just trying to save money.

It’s really not fair.


Women tend to pay more for a haircut than a man although if a guy goes to a style shop he’ll pay more too.

I have a friend that wears her hair really short; instead of going to a beauty shop that would charge her $25.00 she goes to a barber that only charges $10.00. Not only does she save money but barbers tend to get you in and out quicker. Men don’t like to wait plus no one is getting permanents or hair color which takes time and causes others to wait.

Don’t be afraid to go to a barber, they don’t care and will be glad for the business whether you are a man or a woman.


This isn’t really a news flash and most women have known for years that it costs more to clothe a woman than it does to clothe a man. The main reason being is that women’s fashion changes constantly while men’s clothes don’t change a whole lot and when they do it’s a subtle change over time so they can buy new clothes gradually changing their wardrobe.

Women on the other hand are often expected to make an entire wardrobe change in a season. If we wear clothes out of style other women give us “the look”. Clothes aren’t important to most men so if a guy wears something out of style most won’t even notice. It’s their wives and girlfriends that help them with styles so most men aren’t going to care.

Health Insurance

I’ve heard that in some cases women pay more for health insurance than men. Women live longer so you would think they would pay less but the real reason is because women are more likely to go to the doctor than a man, which is part of the reason women live longer. If we have a twinge or see something that looks a bit off we make an appointment. Some men see illness as a weakness so they don’t want to go in unless they are half dead or their wife makes them.

Check around and compare prices. Ask about rates for men and women to see if they in fact discriminate against women.

It costs more to be a woman

So we are paying more for everything and in many cases making less money than men. It’s no wonder more women live in poverty than men. Unless she has a husband to help fund all these extra costs we incur she may not be able to afford many of life’s necessities.

Don’t be afraid to look in the men’s department for male versions of the same products. If you buy unscented you won’t smell like a man and who really cares if your shaver is gray or lavender.

What do we do?

Look at ingredients and compare prices. Don’t be afraid to buy men’s products if they are the same thing.

Question prices: Don’t accept a final quote at a repair shop; get comparisons at other places.

Also get involved. California made it illegal for companies to charge women more for the same products. If we continue to pay the higher price and don’t complain nothing will change. Write letters to companies that make these products and let them know you are not happy and won’t buy from them unless they change their pricing.


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    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Writer Fox.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Well, this is an eye-opener. Since in most countries women earn less than men, even for performing the same work, you'd think it would be the other way around. Also, I think that women are more price-conscious than men. You've presented some interesting facts. Enjoyed and voted up.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Pam , Decent and honest people will always feel guilty trying to haggle , WE act in all honesty and expect others too as well - a car sales person , is never honest ,I'm a guy and feel the same as you .

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Most women don't haggle and when we do we typically aren't very good at it. My husband has mentioned to me that I am lousy at haggling. He's right. I somehow feel guilty when I do it. I know it's silly.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Could this possibly be because , when a woman walks into a car dealership .."they see her coming ", she's so eager to emote her sexuality and smile her way through any situation that she just says .........Oh okay !.......No seriously! Good hub ! Be wise , be vigilance ,be informed , and hey! Be bitchy ! You will win ! Great hub !.......Ed +++++

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Pam, I truly wasn’t aware of this. But it’s interesting to note that women often pay more than men, yet are still, at times, paid less than men in the same occupations. Voted up and sharing. :-)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have found this to be true with shaving cream. Women's shaving cream is about $3.99 for the gel stuff while men's shaving cream you can get for $1.29 a can and it works just as well. They even sell name brand men's shaving cream at the Dollar Tree where I live. Guess which one I buy? That's right the $1.00 can of men's shaving cream and it works just fine!

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm not sure. It's certainly the case in the US.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Pamela N Reid - fascinating observation - really interesting, I wonder if this applies in the UK too - am definitely going to check this out.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      How interesting! You are right now that I think about it, when buying something for myself, such as these products, and then the same, i.e, deodorant for men, the product for women is higher, even if the same brand!

      Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Hmmm, now how to get this set right?

      Up and more and sharing


      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had never thought of this, Pamela, but honestly it doesn't surprise me at all. That is not to say it is right; only that it does not surprise me. With the law of Supply and Demand playing a huge part in this price gouging, and corporations understanding the dynamics of the market....well, no surprise. Now it will take a concerted effort and movement to change it all. Keep raising awareness. I'm willing to bet most people are unaware of this.