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Women have to pay more in shops






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Women pay more than men in shops. The Times newspaper found that many products for women cost twice as much as those for men. Researchers looked at women's clothes and beauty products. They said they were 36 per cent more expensive than those for men. One store charged $7 more for a pink scooter, while another charged double the price for pink razors. Women's Levi 501 jeans were 46 per cent more expensive than Levi's for men.

The Times called this "sexist" pricing. Others said it was a "gender tax". The head of the British government's women and equalities committee called it a "rip-off". The Financial Times (FT) said women could be busier and have less time to shop around, or they cared more than men about quality. However, the FT said men did pay more for some things. It said journalists did not look at price differences for things men like.

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