Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The hidden pricetag in having a girl

My son is a typical little boy. He likes to build with Legos, ride his bike and create chaos and joy. He hates cleaning up (but somehow likes to sweep), enjoys having additional responsibilities and loves being independent. His favorite colors are green and orange. He hates the color pink.

And it is that last part (not liking pink) that has saved me a bundle of money. Because, as it turns out, retailers often charge more money for items that are marketed to girls, even if the only difference is the color.

So, yeah, that is discouraging. And wrong. Really, really wrong.

Why are we punishing women by charging them more for similar items or slight changes based on gender preferences? It doesn't make sense. But until retailers change, consider buying the boy version and save yourself some money.

Have you bought a "girl" version of something that was way more expensive than the "boy" version? Tell me about it in the comments.


  1. Hey there! I have a four year old daughter who likes "girly" things but doesn't seem to favor pink over other colors. I actually find it super annoying that there are toys made in pink. There are so many toys my daughter has that are pink but they're completely gender neutral. Cash register, shopping cart, baby stroller. The only reason they are pink is because I couldn't find them in store in any other color. I think that's unfair to little boys who might want to play with those same toys but they're deemed "girl" toys. In all honesty I hate the idea of gender specific toys. Toys are for kids, it doesn't matter their sex.

  2. It's a good thing that she doesn't like pink since that costs extra! I agree that children should get to play with whatever toys they are interested in - regardless of gender specifics!