Dry Cleaning Bills Set For A Price Hike

06/04/2012 12:52 pm ET | Updated Aug 04, 2012
  • CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- If your weekly dry cleaning bill already has you cringing, brace yourself for more pain. As soon as your next pickup, prices may be higher.

It's all because of wire hangers. The hangers -- which are a big expense for dry cleaners -- are likely to get substantially costlier, after the U.S. imposed new trade penalties on hangers from Vietnam last week. In recent years, many American dry cleaners have come to rely on Vietnamese-made hangers.

Flora Yadegar, who operates four dry cleaners in California, expects her hanger costs to rise soon, forcing her to hike rates accordingly. Yadegar is already contemplating tacking on another 30 cents to 55 cents to the bill for cleaning a suit, pants or a shirt in coming days.

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