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‘Fat Tax’ Imposed On Its Plus-Sized Customers?
It seems obvious to me, that if more material is used in the making of these larger size garments, one should expect them to cost more.
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Anybody who has made clothes knows that larger sizes do not necessarily use more cloth; it all depends on how the pattern pieces fit onto the cloth, which pieces need to be placed on a fold in the cloth (to avoid seams) and whether or not pattern matching is required.
~60% retailer markup.
~ 10% brand profit (if different from retailer)
~ 10% material costs
~ 10% transport
~ 10% other (inc. Factory profit, labour costs etc).
Which means that if a dress cost £30 for normal sizes, then a plus-size dress would have to require three times as much material to properly justify an increase of £6. Maybe there's an argument to be made that transport costs etc might also be impacted (larger clothes requiring extra packaging arrangements, etc), but even so the dominance of the retailer mark-up means that you can't justify price hikes on this scale based on extra fabric usage.
Put more simply, while it's not unreasonable to expect larger clothes to cost more, it *is* unreasonable for them to cost *that* much more.
Having seen what 'larger ladies' are prepared to wear of a day as the take the air, clothing size isn't the issue, it's those damned faulty mirrors that make garments look all lumpy and bumpy.
'You look lush, San' makes it all better.
This one may not run and run.
The main point is that "there's more material so obvs it should cost more hurhur" is just a bogus argument.