Is it fair to charge more for bigger sizes?

@maezee (33282)
United States
January 19, 2010 9:45pm CST
..or "extended sizes", as they're called? I'm curious as to your opinions on this. I went shopping last weekend and at a couple of stores, I noticed that "plus" sized clothes (of the same style/brand) were a few dollars more expensive than "normal" clothes. I think what I was looking at were some size 15 jeans after sadly the 13's being ridiculously tight (even though I usually wear that size! - Which is sad, but I'll save that for a different discussion Anyway, so I understand that the bigger the jeans (or whatever article of clothing is in question), the more material that is needed, and thus the more expensive it probably is for the manufacturer..But then why don't prices matter for "normal" sizes? For example, a 00 and an 11 have quite a big size gap, but the prices don't gradually increase for these things as they get bigger in size, do they? Does anyone see where I'm coming from? Is this a retailers way of punishing plus size gals?
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Simple answer really. The size 11 costs a certain amount. They're perfectly happy to not give you a discount on the smaller sizes just to save them the trouble of multiple prices. They don't mind letting you give them extra money.
@maezee (33282)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Ahh, so they charge you by how much their biggest size costs? (Well, with an enormous amount of profit added onto it, of course). That would seriously make sense now that I think about it. THANK YOU!!
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Same ploy used all over. Even pizza places do it. Ever wondered why dine in & carry out have special deals ( often about $2 ) less then delivery? It's because instead of just charging a delivery fee to the people who use it they charged everyone. Then they can afford to give dine in & carryout a discount.
• United States
20 Jan 10
Well to be far to the dealers it takes more fabric to make bigger clothes, which in turn should cost more money in my opinion
@maezee (33282)
• United States
20 Jan 10
But then why do size 0's and size 11's cost the same? It obviously takes much less material to make the smaller sizes.. Know what I mean? It seems like a double standard to me.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
21 Jan 10
This bothers me too, although I am not plus sized. I don't understand why they have to make all the clothes of a certain 'size range' the same price. For instance, some of the juniors clothing is barely bigger - or even the SAME size as girls clothing. I think I should get a price break because they use the exact same amount of cloth and stitching! It might even be the same dang brand name! However, if I buy my daughter a pair of jeans (she wears a 5T or a 6T), her jeans are $10, while MINE if I buy them brand new are a whopping $40! No wonder I like to shop for my jeans secondhand lol. A girls 14 or 16 is prob the same size as the smallest juniors clothing, so WHY do the juniors cost 150% MORE? I also see that if I buy my hubby Tshirts, they are $2 or $3 for XXL, for what.... 2 inches more length? Bah. And let's not even TALK about the big and tall shops. They jack those prices up SEVERELY because they are a 'custom size' store! I have gotten a break on shoes before - if you have small feet and can still wear 'kid sizes' which is anything under a 6.5 in women or anything under a 5 in men, the typical cost for the same shoe, whether it's Nike or Doc Martens is about half of the 'mens' or 'womens' shoes. Yay, $90 shoes for $45!
@kathy714 (129)
• China
21 Jan 10
It is not fair, but it is reasonable. I view this as the market of demand and supply. There are many shops offering normal size. But there are fewer shops offering bigger sizes. They are more competitive, so they can be more profitable. This is reasonable if you work in a manufacturing company. The non-standard products are always more expensive than standard ones.
• United States
21 Jan 10
Well, this should be yet another reason for big gals to lose the weight. It really depends on what point of view you are coming from... yes, bigger sizes take more fabric. And the more money is a plus for retailers since these days most people are big. But clothes are plain expensive in general. So no, I think it is normal for prices to increase or decrease by size.
• United States
20 Jan 10
I'm a plus sized woman and I find it insulting that I have to pay twice as much for a shirt as a girl that's a few sizes smaller than me. I don't get it. It's annoying and I hate shelling out $2 more for a shirt when it should never, ever cost me that much. I hate spending more. I'm sure some fat haters out there are going to be all, of course, they should charge me to penalize them for being fat and disgusting. And to them I say you can kiss my butt.
@jb78000 (15173)
20 Jan 10
i think somebody explained why it works to charge the same for all the smaller sizes but an increase for extra large ones. however i think really it would be fairest to gradually increase the price from the smallest one up. people would understand a lot easier paying i don't know 50cents per increment than everything being the same and then a sudden increase.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I never thought of it that way! I am a plus size woman too and I guess they fooled me with the more expense due to more fabric thing. I never stopped to think that they charge the same for a size 2 as a 14 and they are certainly using less fabric! Some of the clothes I buy charge extra and some don't. I think that the mfg decided that they could get away with it and rationalize the extra fabric thing. And you bring up a great point, it is a kind of discrimination of sorts... It's just like dry cleaners charging more to clean women's shirts that are identical to a man's.. Does that mean that they think women are dumb, gullable or just willing to pay more just because we are women? I definitely see where you are coming from and I agree that it is wrong. Very interesting points you have made.
@heehaw78 (566)
• Malaysia
20 Jan 10
i only sees online always charge more for bigger saizes. To me it is not fair!
• United States
20 Jan 10
Being a retail management and business student I can help you on this topic.Yes prices used to gradually rise with the sizing of clothing however with the new age marketing that gradual rise is pretty slim in amount considering.Clothing is made in mass amount based off of the most common sizes that people have.It used to be all clothing was hand made to fit the form of each individual person however for mass production that pretty much got shot out the window.During the civil war uniforms had to be made for each soldier.Most soldiers were well built around the same size at that time therefore making a one size fits all worked.However females are differnt different shoulders,hip sizes,chest sizes,and thighs.The first female scaling as its called wasnt created until the 1920's so alot of work is still needed on that portion.Its not all about the actual manufacturing either.Clothing companies base there sizing off of there customers.There brand may be highly influenced by sports for example so the clothing will be what?Slim made for an athletic body meaning plus sizes will probably be left to mark up.Same as dresses there made to fight to a womans body so they only go to a certain size before its again marked up.Only thing really gauranteed to satisfy people clothing wise is hats gloves and shoes because very rarely will you have to find something special for those.Hopefully that answers your question.:)
@thewayis (648)
• Bulgaria
20 Jan 10
First, I think that it is not normal, even you can sue the manufacturer for discrimination, because they may use more material for the "plus" sized clothes, but they certainly use less material for the "minus" siezed ones and I don't think that they are cheaper than the normal sized clothes. There is deffinately a case here Secondly, in my country there is no such thing and I am quite surprized at reading your post. There are stores that offer XXXXXL sizes and they are a bit more expensive, but when you go to a normal store when there are jeans of all sizes, all sizes cost the same. It could never occure to me as possible if I haven't read it here.
20 Jan 10
It think it would make far more sens, not to mention, make the customers feel more valued, if they just averaged out the costs over all the different sizes... THat makes sense to me,,, but then what do I know!
• United States
20 Jan 10
I could tell you that smaller framed thin people are going to say that it should be that way since they are using extra material to make tha clothing but heavier people are going to say that it isn't fair because like you mentioned paying $2-5 extra for "extended sizes" is like being punished. I am about 30 lbs over weight and while I am still able to my clothes in the non plus size section I am not that far behind and therefore I am one of those people that think it is unfair and takes a big jab at the ones who are overweight.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
20 Jan 10
I don't think if such thing is a fair thing. But as i know, smaller sizes have no discount. So i think the sellers or manufacturers can using substitution method for gaining profit. So everybody, no matter small size or big size can pay with same price so it will fulfilling the fairness.