Should clothes in larger sizes cost more?

@Fleura (6161)
United Kingdom
November 23, 2017 5:43am CST
Every now and then this subject hits the headlines and retailers are accused of ‘sizism’ and discrimination against fat people. So should clothes for larger people be more expensive? If so how would this work – would each size larger be slightly more expensive than the next one down, or should there be a sort of banding of sizes? Or should all clothes of the same style be the same price? Presumably for this to work the price of the smaller ones must include a premium to subsidize the larger sizes, since larger clothes obviously require more materials to make. Anyone who has ever sewn or knitted knows that you need more fabric, thread or yarn to make a larger garment. As far as I know, no-one yet has complained that they shouldn’t have to pay extra for a couple more balls of wool or metres of fabric than would be needed by a smaller person. Having said that I have never noticed different prices on the same garment in different sizes. Have you noticed different prices? Should all sizes be the same price? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@m_audrey6788 (11601)
• Germany
23 Nov
Cost prizes are based on bulk producing not on per piece materials
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Good point - so in that case all garments of the same style would cost the same from the manufacturer?
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• Germany
23 Nov
@Fleura Yes because cost are not only based on material costs but electricity, manpower, machine breakdowns cost etc.. a lot to be considered and giving extra charge to big sizes is not reasonable enough to satisfy good comfort
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@JolietJake (41186)
23 Nov
I have seen many times where a 2xx or 3xx t-shirt will cost more than smaller sizes. I accept that, since it does take more material to make them. Normally, I see blue jeans priced the same regardless of size, but I'd never really thought about it.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
That is quite odd - different strategies for different garments.
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• United States
23 Nov
I see prices that are $2 more for plus sizes. However, when they go to extreme pricing and the cost is nearly double, I shake my head and try to find a more reasonably priced item. Often times you'll find clothing in a catalog that are double the price of what you'd pay in a store. That is ridiculous!
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@Daelii (2035)
• United States
23 Nov
Here in USA, I have seen stores like Wal-Mart charge extra for large size. Yet baby clothes tend to cost the most!!!
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@jobelbojel (5052)
• Philippines
23 Nov
I wonder they cost more that the other sizes. The last shirt I bought was the same price of that small ones.
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@ilocosboy (33267)
• Philippines
23 Nov
In my own opinion, it should be. Business wise, bigger size need larger parts of clothes to make and thus it should cost more, but of course the little size should cost less. But then again, sometimes its on the brand.
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@aureliah (3886)
23 Nov
Hahaha. They may cost more because of the extra material used.
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@JudyEv (100636)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
I have never noticed if different sizes are different prices. I'll be on the lookout now to see what happens in our stores.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
I've never seen it either, only read about others complaining about it, but then I rarely shop for clothes anyway, I hate shopping!
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@JudyEv (100636)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
@Fleura Me too. Now I'm retired most of my clothes - when I need something which is rarely - come from the op shop.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
@JudyEv me too, and I also inherited a lot of lovely clothes from my Mum. That and the fact I never get rid of anything - I am still wearing a pair of woolly tights I've had since I was at school!
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• Preston, England
25 Nov
yes sizes should be of an even price. True, extra large costs more than medium size but that is balanced out by smaller sizes with some people being below average height and weight too - extra charges for being overweight amounts to literally being a fat tax for many many clothes are actually machine cut rather than hand tailored, sewn, knitted or crocheted
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
It does seem a bit odd if clothes are the same price when the very large ones can be literally twice the size of small ones, but as others have pointed out the cost of the materials is only a small part of the cost to the retailer. And if that was the case then baby clothes should be really cheap, which of course they are not. I have mixed feelings on this really. Shoes for example are the same price for all sizes. On the other hand if you make your own clothes you pay more if you need more fabric.
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• Preston, England
25 Nov
@Fleura a lot of it is profitability - people will have to pay more if cheaper alternatives are kept off the market
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@bunnybon7 (33048)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Nov
they are priced differently here. and rightly so. but then baby clothes are ridiculous these days. priced quite high. no wonder folks try to stretch them out for wear and hand them down
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
At that rate the baby clothes should be about 1/10th the price of adult clothes shouldn't they? But they are usually quite expensive!
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@bunnybon7 (33048)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Nov
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@LadyDuck (121560)
• Switzerland
23 Nov
Many years ago, when I lived in France, you paid different prices according the size of the clothes. I still remember there were 3 different prices. Later it was said it was a discrimination toward the obese people, so they discriminated the thin people making them pay more and make all the prices the same. Who gained in this discrimination game? Surely not the customers.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Here I thought it was usual for all of one style to be the same price no matter what size, but I have read about places charging more for large sizes. As has been pointed out, for a bulk order from a retailer the cost of the fabric is only a small part, so maybe it makes little difference. What about shoes, they are usually the same price for all sizes, aren't they?
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@LadyDuck (121560)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
@Fleura Shoes are the same price and it has always been the case. Fabric anyway makes the difference, my mother was a seamstress and I remember she explained me from which size you have to waste a lot more fabric. For shoes is finally a matter of only a few cm., but a dress for an obese woman takes the double of fabric than a dress for a thin woman. My sister in law was obese and I could have easily made two dresses for me from one of hers.
@TRBRocks420 (62134)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Nov
Every size should cost the same, but you're absolutely right, that they do charge more for bigger clothes.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
I have never seen this, but I have read about others complaining about it. Is it something you see in many shops or only some?
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@TRBRocks420 (62134)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Nov
@Fleura Yes, I have noticed it just recently 3 dollars more an x about.
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@jaboUK (50573)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
Have you never done any catalogue shopping? They nearly always have different prices for bigger sizes.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
No, not since I was a teenager and my Mum sometimes used to use Kay's catalogue because she wanted the free gift!
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@DEMI12 (596)
• Guangdong, China
24 Nov
I always buy clothes in shops. They are totally the same price with different sizes, isn't it the same situation in your country?
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
I don't often go shopping for clothes. I have only ever noticed things being the same price for all sizes, but other people have been complaining about it.
24 Nov
I have never noticed, but then I tend to only look at my size anyway. As I tend to limit my clothes purchases to charity shops and sales, I wouldn't notice anyway!
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
I've never noticed it either, but I've read about others complaining about it. Maybe we just don't shop in 'those' sort of shops (whatever they are!)
@amadeo (47812)
• United States
23 Nov
you always have to pay more for bigger.
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
I have never actually seen this only read about it. Have you?
• Philippines
23 Nov
First of all, I want to comment on what you tagged in your post. Being fat or overweight isn't body shaming. We have to realize that we are created perfectly in the image of God and that we are all beautiful no matter what size we have and that being sexy and beautiful does not count on the outside but on the inside. As for your question, I don't think shirt who does have different sizes differ in prices too. I love shopping clothes and so far I have never encountered to see any shirts who differ in sizes differs in its prices too. :)
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@Fleura (6161)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Thank you for your comment. I agree that beauty is within; I put those tags because I have read about people complaining that they were being 'body shamed' by being charged more for larger clothes. Personally I have never noticed this - but then I rarely shop for clothes anyway.
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@acelawrites (10750)
• Philippines
24 Nov
It should be priced more because like you said, more materials are needed in making it.
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@dodo19 (28085)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
24 Nov
I've never really noticed a difference, but maybe that's because I don't pay much attention to it. I can understand why bigger sizes may cost a little more.
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@sharon6345 (110277)
• United States
23 Nov
More material more money.
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