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Shopping: Despite bargain hunting, women still pay more

Just the right size bag for phone and a few essentials.
Just the right size bag for phone and a few essentials. sboyle@bnd.com

We often hear about the discrepancy in pay between men and women, but who knew we paid more than guys for things like razor blades and scooters?

In a recent study called “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer,” New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs tracked price discrepancies in otherwise identical products that were marketed to males and females.

After analyzing the prices of about 800 products in 35 categories, researchers found that the so-called “pink tax” proves that women pay more for almost every product over the course of their lives.

For example, one type of Schick razor refills for men cost $14.99, but the same number and version for women was $4 higher. A red scooter from Radio Flyer was $24.99 while an identical pink one labeled for girls was $49.99. Yowsa. Parents, stop thinking that color!

A look at kids’s clothing — nearly every sweater, pant and top — showed an average 7 percent hike when buying for girls. Looking at adult clothing, the discrepency was 8 percent more for women’s garments. At one retailer, a pair of Levi’s 501 CT jeans for men cost $68. Add $20 for the women’s 501 CT!

Want to see the complete study? Go here: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/partners/gender-pricing-study.page. You can download the PDF there.

Easy-lift gift

Happy Hop Homebrew & Gourmet shop in downtown Belleville has a cool Valentine’s Day (or any-day) gift for beer lovers: the Fyxation Quickdraw Leather Beverage Holster. Cost is $24.95. Made in Milwaukee, it’s hand-tooled and comes with both a long braided lanyard and belt hook for hands-free personal transportation of either 12-ounce cans or bottles. Think of wearing one while mowing the lawn or flipping burgers on the grill. Happy Hop, at 122 E. Main St., just got a new supply in, so check it out.

Part handbag, part wallet

Charming Charlie in Fairview Heights has the fashionable way to carry nothing but the essentials: a faux-leather, quilted cross-body bag in navy, black, blush, tan or cream for $18. It’s small, but mighty, able to hold phone, a key and lip gloss inside. On the back, there are slots for an ID and credit card. Very Chanel-like in appearance with a long braided gold chain.

In case you need something Valentine-y to wear, Charming Charlie has the Spread the Love bracelet ($10), which features a cursive pavé “Love” plate with an itty-bitty heart and two rhinestone charms on an adjustable cable chain.

See the world

Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights has so much more than books, and that includes desk-top globes to inspire the imagination. The 12-inch diameter blue Globemaster globe is $24.95 has more than 4,000 place names and raised relief for mountains.

Out with it

So many retailers are holding big sales to shuck as much winter stuff as possible, despite the date and forecast: February. Cold and blustery and probably miserable.

So, with the push on to fill shelves and racks with spring goods too colorful and thin to wear anytime soon, here are some deals:

At St. Clair Square, Charlotte Russe has buy one dress and get the second for $10. At Rue 21, it’s the same deal, only for jeans. Both offers are good through Saturday.

Probably pricier: Both Express and American Eagle Outfitters at the mall have this sale going on through Sunday: Buy a pair of jeans and get the second pair half off.

Accessories shop Icing has a buy-one-get-one-free deal on clearance items through Sunday. Also check out the glittery prom goods now in stock.

At either Justice location (mall or Shoppes at St. Clair), spend $30 and get $10 off. Good on everything through Monday.

And with sloppy winter still well underway, Payless has half off what it calls its “weather” boots through Monday.

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