Thursday, 30 September 2021

Pink Tax - What's It All About?

Written by Jonathan Zealander
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Over half of women (55%) in the UK do not understand what ‘the pink tax’ is and the impact it could have on their bank balance.

Over half (55%) of women don’t understand what ‘the pink tax’ is and could be unknowingly paying more for products compared to men. 


- Haircuts, razors, and car repairs are some of the items women feel have inflated prices compared to the same products marketed to men 
- Nearly three quarters (70%) of women feel angry at the difference in prices between men and women’s products 
- People in York and Scotland are the most clued up about the impact of ‘the pink tax’ 
Leading savings site VoucherCodes has published its Overpriced Index report, which details the products and services UK consumers believe to have the most over-inflated prices. As part of this, the report examines the impact of ‘the pink tax’ – the increased cost of products marketed to women when compared to the identical, or near identical, equivalent marketed to men.  
Whilst ‘the pink tax’ is a well-documented phenomenon, the report discovered that it’s women over the age of 55 who are least likely to understand what ‘the pink tax’ is – with two thirds (66%) saying they are not familiar with the term. In comparison, less than half of millennial women (48%) are unaware of these extra charges.  
Although there is a lack of knowledge around ‘the pink tax’, almost three quarters (74%) of women do notice that the versions of products aimed at women specifically, such as razors, shampoo, and shaving foam, have higher prices in comparison to the male counterparts of the same products. This price disparity leaves 70% of women feeling angry at the difference in cost for essentially the same products – what’s more, over half of men (54%) have also noticed this inflation.  
When women were asked which products, they think are the most overpriced in comparison to those advertised to men, the top 10 items were nearly all cosmetics and toiletries, however car repairs, shoes, and clothing also made the list.  
The top 10 items women deem to be overpriced when compared to the male equivalent.



Percentage ofconsumerswho think that the productisoverpriced 





Razors and razor blades 












Shampoo and conditioner 



Car repairs 



Hair dye 






Shaving gel 


Due to the price disparity, two in five (41%) women buy products aimed at men because they are cheaper. However, over half (54%) still buy products marketed towards women, knowing they cost more, because they prefer the scent or think they work better.

Residents in York are the most clued up across the UK when it comes to knowing about ‘the pink tax’ with half of the population understanding what it is. Scots follow closely behind, with 49% of Glaswegians and 48% of those in Aberdeen stating they are familiar with the concept. 

At the other end of the scale, over two thirds of people (67%) in Oxford and Brighton and Hove, and 65% of residents in Norwich have never heard of ‘the pink tax’ and don’t understand what it means.

Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes commented: “There are many everyday factors that impact our spending however, for those who buy products marketed to women, ‘the pink tax’ is likely to have the biggest impact on our wallets. For the most part, products such as razors, shampoo, and skincare are unisex – with their main difference simply being scent or even something as superficial as packaging colour. If you usually buy the ‘pink’ version of something, one of the easiest ways to save money is to simply check how much the equivalent item marketed to men costs – it will almost always be less."

Certain items will cost more depending on where you buy them, therefore it’s always worth shopping around and comparing retailers. 

Source: Overpriced Index report