Men vs. Women, who pays more for the same products? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Men vs. Women, who pays more for the same products?

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – While shopping, both men and women need some of the same products like deodorant, shaving cream and razors. Each are gender specific, and after shopping around it turns out women typically pay more for virtually the same price.

Take shaving cream for example. The cheapest men's shaving cream we found was Barbasol at $1.12 for 11oz. The cheapest women's was Pure Silk, made by the same makers of Barbasol. The women's was almost 60 cents more and came in a smaller container.

"Men do not normally think about hey is this shaving cream going to be good for my skin. Women go in and it's more does it exfoliates, does it go with my skin tone. So they'll skimp out on the same amounts men get," said Texas Tech Student Jace Gill.

A 2010 January report by Consumerreports.org states women pay more because it cost more to manufacture the women's shaving cream. It reports most women like to shave in the shower so they want a rust proof can and lid like the aluminum Pure Silk.  Also women prefer a more slender and taller can rather than the short and bulky one like the men's Barbasol.

Comparing the two, some women said they preferred to go with the cheapest, even if it was intended for men.  "I don't think it matters a can is a can. So I would probably still go for men's stuff the only thing you're really paying for I guess is the color and the fragrance, but it still does the same thing," said shopper Meagan Alcazar.

When it comes to deodorant we found that Lady Speed Stick and the men's Speed Stick both were selling for $2.34 but men get .4oz more. The same comparison can be made for the men's and women's Degree. Comsumerreports.org claims it's because the formulas are different for each gender.

That same reason goes for several men's and women's body washes. The Dove Men+Care and the women's Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash both came out to $4.99, but the men's was 18oz compared to the women's 16oz. But there were several that were equal in price and size like the Suave body washes and Nivea.

Other products that were equal for both men and women included several lotions like Men's Vaseline and women's Intensive Rescue Vaseline - both $4.75 for 24oz.

Razors came out to be the same price for both genders, including the amount of blades and razors included in each package.

While many women will continue to pay for the gender specific products, some say they would rather buy the men's and save. 

"I'd buy the men's over the women's; I'd purchase it on price," said shopper Deanna Fulmer.

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