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Is There a 'Fat Tax' on Plus Size Clothing?

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Tony Posnanski

Morning, Tony, I have a discussion question. I have lost 55 lbs since November. I am now able to shop in non-plus size clothing stores. I wear a 16 or 18 now. I went into a store, found some clothes and brought them to the register. The clerk told me a total but it seemed high. I asked for the prices, I was being charged more because of the "big" size the clerk told me. My discussion question is should there be a price increase for "big" sizes and what should it be? My coach called this a "fat tax" I don't disagree, more cloth more price but I was stunned that a size 16 was in that category.

When I got this message this morning I was going to be quick to answer. I was going to say that it costs more to produce larger clothing and that is why it is more expensive. I have paid for clothing my whole life. I used to spend $400 at the Casual Male XL when I could buy the same clothing at Walmart for $40. Of course I was 400 pounds and not 200 pounds lighter.

When I was able to finally buy clothes at a "normal" store, I did not care that I had to pay an extra couple of bucks for a larger size. I was just thankful that I was able to shop at that store and not a specialty store.

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But I thought about it for a little bit. I asked her how much was the size 14 in the same style. She told me 10 dollars less. I never truly thought about it, but why is there a difference in price from a 14 to a 16.

So I did some investigating at my favorite place...Target.

When I walked in I bought some toilet paper and paper towe...

Sorry, you probably want me to get back to the story.

I tried to look at the women's "plus size" department but it was a joke. I hear women complain about it and they have every right to. It is three racks with signs everywhere telling women to shop at Target.com for a better selection.

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So instead I went to the Men's department. I saw some Champion shirts there. They were $6.99 for S-XL and then $8.99 for the XXL.

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By the way, I did also notice this little gem when I was at Target. The color by Champion is called "Surf The Web Blue" which is kind of ridiculous for an active wear shirt, but whatever. It is consistent for all sizes. That is the color! My Target decided to only use "Surf The Web" on the XXL version and not on the S-XL version. Every other shirt had a basic color on the tag, but this one was only on the XXL version. Because it would have been hard to put "Blue" on the tag like the smaller version (the numbers are sequential on tags so I did not put them together for show).

You know, because fat people surf the web, not use active wear for activities.

Anyway, I decided to put a small shirt on top of an extra large shirt...

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As you can see, the small shirt is tiny compared to the extra large shirt. Yet, they are both the same price.

Now I put the extra large shirt on top of the 2XL shirt...

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Not much of a difference between the two. Yet there is a two-dollar difference.

Here is the question. Why is there not a price difference in the small to extra large shirts? They clearly use more material. Yet they are the same price.

The 2XL shirt is two dollars more. It should be the same price if no other price changes between the sizes.

I realized that they do raise the prices because they can. I actually do believe there is a "fat tax" because there is no other logical reason for it. You do not pay the same price for a small soda as you do for an extra large soda. You do not pay the same price for 42 inch television as you do for a 60 inch?

So why do you pay the same all sizes under extra large?

I truly believe it is a shaming technique. Like you are not normal so you will not pay normal prices. They hide under "more material" but do not make it consistent across the board.

So yes, I do believe there is a "fat tax" on plus size clothing. Honestly, I do not have a problem paying more for clothing...

But do not add more money after I worked hard to finally wear the clothes.