Halfords comes under fire for a 'gender price gap' - after charging 500 per cent more for a women's key ring

Friday, 8th June 2018, 10:33 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:01 pm

Halfords came under fire for a 'gender price gap' - after charging 500 per cent more for a women's key ring.

The motoring store has been selling his'n'hers key rings featuring a metal steering wheel but the prices were very different.

The one for women - painted pink and marked with 'hers' - costs £3.

But the one marketed at men - painted black and marked with 'his' - costs only 50p.

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They were for sale at Springvale Retail Park, Bilston, Wolverhampton.

A shopper who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: "I saw it and I thought 'women have to pay £2.50 more to have a key ring.

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"It is really unnecessary.

"I know it is just a key ring but I think the price difference for the same product is really bad.

Couples keys

"You would buy them together, not separately, because they are for couples.

"Therefore Halfords know they will get a certain amount of profit.

"I just wanted it to be out there because I think it is really unfair."

A spokesman for Halfords said: A Halfords spokesperson says: 'We're really sorry for any offence this may have caused.

"We can assure customers that this was a genuine mistake due to a systems error which resulted in an incorrect price being applied to both key rings before they went on sale.

"They are now correctly priced and will be available in store for £2.99.'