Why do dry cleaners charge more for extra large shirts

The short answer is dry cleaners charge more for extra large shirts because they cost the cleaner more to process. Here’s why…

About 80% of the cost of production in processing a shirt is the cost of labour. Most of the labour is spent on pressing the shirt. The dry cleaner uses special presses designed specifically for pressing shirts. These special presses more than triple the number of shirts that can be pressed by hand in the same amount of time. However, they only accommodate shirts within an average range of sizes. So, extra large or extra small shirts that fall outside of this range must be pressed by hand, because they will not fit on the presses.

To cover the cost of labour increase caused by the additional time and handling required to press the shirts by hand, the cleaner must charge more