Walmart Charge “Fat Tax”
What’s the Issue?
Retail giant Walmart Canada is joining the likes of Old Navy and is now charging a “fat tax” on plus size clothes, charging as much as $5 more for the same item. The argument they make is that more fabric is required in to manufacture plus size clothes.
So, does it cost more?
It does. At Charlotte Jackson our
Earlier this year U.K. based retailer New Look admitted it charged more for plus size clothes. They have since changed their policy to one price for all sizes. That’s still not good enough. The fact that they discriminated in the first place is the issue. Retailers make plenty of profit out of the clothing they sell, this is just a way to be inclusive of the plus size market. But the give with one hand and take with the other. That leaves us, the general public, to decide where we want to spend our hard earned money – with those retailers who consider all sizes and treat all the same, or those who want to include larger sizes but still want to make sure they discriminate – even if it’s just on price.
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