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Can You Guess The Price Difference Between These Men's And Women's Products?

Are women's razors really more expensive than men's?

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A couple of years ago, I did some research into period-branded painkillers.

The price difference between generic painkillers and period-branded painkillers was quite high – almost a 100% increase – for the same amount of active ingredient (ie the combination of drugs that helps with cramps).

So I wanted to see if there were any other price discrepancies between female-branded and male-branded products.

A couple of notes: We've compared pricing across several retailers, and prices are accurate at time of publication. We've also chosen products aimed specifically at genders where possible, and compared them with products from the same manufacturer where possible.

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  1. Shaving foam for sensitive skin: which one is more expensive?

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    The male one is cheaper
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    The female one is cheaper
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The male shaving foam is £2.99, the female one is £3.55

    (Pricing via Boots)

  2. Multi-pack of 3-blade disposable razors: : which one is more expensive?

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    The male one is cheaper
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    The female one is cheaper
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The female razors are £4.19 for 4, the male razors are £4.89 for 4.

    (Pricing via Superdrug)

  3. Ibuprofen and Lysine painkillers: which one is more expensive?

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    The male one is cheaper
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    The female one is cheaper
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Feminax is £4.50 for 16 tablets, the generic is £1.85 for 12 tablets.

    (Pricing via Tesco) More here.

  4. Thickening hair treatment : which one is more expensive?

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    The male one is cheaper
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    The female one is cheaper
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They're both £8.99.

    (Pricing via Boots)

  5. Gel insoles : which one is more expensive?

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    Incorrect
    The male one is cheaper
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The female one is cheaper
    Correct
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The high heel insoles are £14.99, the work insoles are £15.99.

    (Pricing via Superdrug).

  6. Vitamins: which one is more expensive?

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    The male one is cheaper
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    The female one is cheaper
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    Same price
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They're both £10.49.

    (Pricing via Superdrug)

BuzzFeed reached out to the brands featured for comment:

A representative for Gillette stated: "First of all, it is crucial to highlight that shelf prices in store are always set at the full discretion of the retailer.

Our Venus and Gillette products are different because men and women are different and they have different shaving needs. They have different anatomies, shave different body parts, and they use the razors in different environments. Therefore there is a distinct difference between men’s and women’s razors. In principle the price of shaving products for women should only be different if the product is different. If the products are the same the prices should be around the same."

CORRECTION

The women's razors are cheaper than the men's razors. An earlier question on this quiz gave the wrong answer.

 
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