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1 Price Discrimination The law of demand tells us that demanders are different, and so are willing to pay different amounts (elasticity of demand differs and values are differentso different willingness to pay) The law of demand tells us that demanders are different, and so are willing to pay different amounts (elasticity of demand differs and values are differentso different willingness to pay) What it means: What it means: –Charge different prices to different consumers in an effort to increase market and profits

2 It Is Done Everywhere (Especially to Foreigners)

3 Closer to Home: P&G products for upper income & middle income customers

4 The Goal: Higher Profits by Serving the Customer Whether its a deli or SAP, its always about differentiating and serving the customers so they want to come back to you.Whether its a deli or SAP, its always about differentiating and serving the customers so they want to come back to you. Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP Americas SAP Americas tripled market share in four years by: segmenting customers into different groups based on their size, industry, location and needsby getting to know their customers better.

5 The Grand Master of Price Discrmination! Google runs a continuous auction where demanders (advertisers) bid against each other and Google adjusts price based on results. E.g., surfer who googles digital camera and then clicks - $0.75 charge. Surfer who googlesdigital cameras and then clicks - $1.08. Based on experiencedifferent likelihood of a purchase.

6 A simple example Suppose demand for your product Suppose demand for your product is Q = P Could be Could be –One demander with declining willingness to pay, or –Different demanders with different willingness to different willingness to pay for one unit each MC is zero (all fixed costs) MC is zero (all fixed costs) The single price solution is The single price solution is P = $50, Q = 50 So that TR = $2500 $ Q D MR

7 The ideal solution Charge a different price for each unit (assume MC = $0) Charge a different price for each unit (assume MC = $0) Thus, P = $100, $99, $98, $97, ……, $1 Thus, P = $100, $99, $98, $97, ……, $1 Yields an average price of $50 per unit; 100 units sold Yields an average price of $50 per unit; 100 units sold –Then, TR = $5000 (think of a real world example) Suppose there is one demander, then all or nothing pricing Suppose there is one demander, then all or nothing pricing –Take all 100 at a fixed fee of $5000, or take nothing (a bag of diamonds at de Beers) In practice, multiple pricing classes are common In practice, multiple pricing classes are common –For example, an airplane with 100 seats may have 43 different prices

8 A common problem… How to change different prices? There are two key issues: There are two key issues: –Correctly identify demanders Age (retired or students) Age (retired or students) Appearance (local or not; rich or poor) Appearance (local or not; rich or poor) Time (day of weekairline tix cost less on T,W,Th; iPhone prices cut over time) Time (day of weekairline tix cost less on T,W,Th; iPhone prices cut over time) Cookie information Cookie information –Prevent resale (and be polite) Picture ID (airlines) Picture ID (airlines) Arbitrage difficult or not worthwhile (hotel rooms) Arbitrage difficult or not worthwhile (hotel rooms)

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10 Moving a went away from it does not produce good results Delta tried simple faresno fare over $499 one way and most restrictions eliminated. Result: Delta ended up earning only 86% of industry average revenue per aircraft mile-seat. JC Penney went to no coupons, no salesused fair and square fixed pricing. No 99 cent prices round prices at 00. Result: Profits/sales fell, stock price fell from $42 to $22 in six months. People say they want clear pricingnot so in practice.

11 Example from Belkin Ethernet cables made in a factory in China for a U.S. company sold for: $29.95 with brand name wrapper $19.95 with chain store wrapper $15.95 on eBay under no name Exact same product (purchased for $3)

12 Cost Is Not Pricing: iPhone 4S $188 parts for 16-GB model, $649 $207 parts for 32-GB model, $749 $245 parts for 64-GB model, $849 ($30-40 cost differential relates to $100 higher priceother costs assumed same) * Carriers may cover $450 of price with 2- year contract

13 A Successful Practice Tesco, the largest supermarket in UK with 31% share of grocery sales. Third largest retailer in the world; $91 billion sales. It uses barcode information from sales to learn how to improve service and profits. Tesco, the largest supermarket in UK with 31% share of grocery sales. Third largest retailer in the world; $91 billion sales. It uses barcode information from sales to learn how to improve service and profits. What goods are complementary? Diapers and beer. High quality toilet paper and skin care products. What goods are complementary? Diapers and beer. High quality toilet paper and skin care products. 12 million UK customers have Clubcards. Six million versions of a newsletter go to customers based on buying history and personal characteristics. Each newsletter offers slightly different discounts. Know your customers. 12 million UK customers have Clubcards. Six million versions of a newsletter go to customers based on buying history and personal characteristics. Each newsletter offers slightly different discounts. Know your customers. After annual minimum purchase made, 1% discount received for using Clubcard. After annual minimum purchase made, 1% discount received for using Clubcard.

14 Tesco: Data Uses Location of products on shelves adjusted in each store and product mix changed. Location of products on shelves adjusted in each store and product mix changed. High-income shoppers wanted higher quality goods. High-income shoppers wanted higher quality goods. Asian customers wanted large sacks of rice and certain spices. The spices attracted non-Asian upper-income buyers, so were then added in upper-income area stores. Asian customers wanted large sacks of rice and certain spices. The spices attracted non-Asian upper-income buyers, so were then added in upper-income area stores. Database is sold to Tesco suppliers such as Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble so they can study data. Database is sold to Tesco suppliers such as Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble so they can study data. Result: Tesco beat Wal-Mart in UK and in South Korea. Result: Tesco beat Wal-Mart in UK and in South Korea.

15 How to differentiate in U.S.? Big Box Discounts without the Big BoxBig Box Discounts without the Big Box Note fresh terminology launch in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevadajust as crash hit. 2010announced plans to open 400 stores by 2013.

16 Dynamic Pricing: Follow the Internet Leader

17 Cost-Side Data Use Wal-Mart and other large retailers use sales data (15 minute increments) from one year to forecast for the next year when peak customer loads will occur. Wal-Mart and other large retailers use sales data (15 minute increments) from one year to forecast for the next year when peak customer loads will occur. Employee schedules are set based on when they are likely to be most needed, getting away from traditional eight hour shifts. Employee schedules are set based on when they are likely to be most needed, getting away from traditional eight hour shifts. Customers served better; higher output per employee. Customers served better; higher output per employee.

18 Price Discrimination: Get Higher Profits Coke customers can buy one Coke for $1 (the profit maximizing price) or a pack of six cans for $3. Why would Coke offer the six cans for $3? $ $1 Quantity MC D Q* MR 0 $0.25

19 Price Discrimination Why would Coke offer the 6 pack for $3? It sells to all customers at $1 for one can, but also moves down the D curve and sells 5 more cans for $0.40 each. Extra consumer surplus (profit) captured. $ $1 Quantity MC D Q* MR 0 $.25 $.40

20 Potato ChipsOnes focusing on natural and other so-called health claims cost more, even when identical to regular chips.

21 Reward and Keep Loyal Customers Cellphone companies rank the value of current customers to decide on price to charge. Cellphone companies rank the value of current customers to decide on price to charge. Based on history of revenue and problems, loyal customers are offered better deals on new phones and more service. Bad customers are offered no special deals. Based on history of revenue and problems, loyal customers are offered better deals on new phones and more service. Bad customers are offered no special deals. The company can predict expected future revenue (and cost of service) from customers history. The company can predict expected future revenue (and cost of service) from customers history. Sophisticated customers order over Internetget better price than in-store customers. Sophisticated customers order over Internetget better price than in-store customers.

22 Dump High Cost Customers? When we sell products for the same price to all customers we price discriminate because some customers cost more to service. It may be more profitable to charge higher-cost customers more or get rid of them. Does the additional (marginal) revenue justify the additional (marginal) cost?

23 Example from website company Websmith Group develops and maintains websites for various firms. Some were high-maintenance and others were chronic late payers. Eliminating 5% of its clients reduced time costs by 20%, leading to 10% growth in 2009 during the recession.

24 Example from Mail-Order Company The best customers buy the most. 16% of customer base, but 40% of profits. The worst customers buy a little and impose costs on company by returning goods and other service demands. 25% of customers generated minimal profits. Other customer groups in between these two. Management must decideshould the worst (high cost) customers be dropped or made to bear more of their costs by price discrimination? Is that possible?

25 Some Customers More Costly to Serve: Price Discriminate Between the Two High maintenance customers Low maintenance customers High maintenance customers Low maintenance customers impose greater costs on seller.impose fewer costs on seller. impose greater costs on seller.impose fewer costs on seller. D Higher cost customers Lower cost customers D MC MR Q highQ low P P Q/time £ £

26 Example Coach, a maker of expensive leather handbags and other goods, has two methods of sale: Coach, a maker of expensive leather handbags and other goods, has two methods of sale: 1. Full price at its own stores and at selected retailers (and on the web). Full price only; never any discounting. Average age of shopper is 35; average expenditure is $1, Discount outlet stores that sell last seasons products for less. Stores usually 100 km away from nearest full-price retailer. Average age of shopper is 45; average expenditure is $770.

27 Example: Jewelry Retailing Signet Group (U.K.) operates two sets of jewelry stores in the U.S.: Signet Group (U.K.) operates two sets of jewelry stores in the U.S.: Kay Jewelers focuses on middle class with lower price diamonds, etc. 781 stores average $1.65 million sales. Jared focuses on upper income with expensive diamonds and Swiss watches. 110 stores with $5.6 million avg. sales.

28 Kindle: Price Discrimination Over Time Kindle 1, 11/07, $399,sold out instantly, 2/09, $399; 7/09, $299 Kindle 2, 2/09, $399; 7/09, $299 10/09, $259 6/10, $189, 8/10, $139, sold out instantly, Kindle 3, 8/10, $139, sold out instantly, 9/11, $79

29 Avoiding consumers using price apps such as RedLaser Smartphones allow instant price comparisons. How do politicians see it? an attack on Main Street and anti- competitiveSenator Olympia Snowe (Maine)an attack on Main Street and anti- competitiveSenator Olympia Snowe (Maine) How to avoid? Private label goods and variations on a theme from major suppliers.

30 Computer Jocks Call It Dyanmic Pricing (Data Mining) Robert Phillips, Director, Center for Pricing and Revenue Management, Columbia University, created a formula that mixes a consumers credit score with his or her likelihood to shop around. Banks use that score to know whether to offer that consumer a competitive rate of interest or a higher one. Bottom line? Phillips: It can increase operating profit on the order of 7-12 percent.

31 Be Careful About Internal Competition Common form of price discriminationdifferent brands from same company. Presume a parent company has three brands of shampoo. If one is a discount brand, or if discounts offered on one brand, how much will that cut sales of other brands? Suppose price is cut 10% on one brand and result is 30% increase in sales. Is that good? How much does that add to the net revenue of the parent company? If sales of two other brands fall as customers move to cheaper brand, may be a net loss. Know your elasticities.

32 Bundling Consumer A will pay $100 a year for the Disney channel on cable or satellite TV. Consumer B will pay $10 a year for the Disney channel on cable or satellite TV. Consumer A will pay $10 a year for ESPN. Consumer B will pay $100 a year for ESPN. Solution: bundle Disney & ESPN for $109 per year ($218 revenue from A&B). If sell Disney and ESPN for $99 per year, then only $198 revenue.

33 Does Papa Know Best? CEO Robert Nardelli (later at Chrysler) centralized buying for Home Depot in Local managers could not order what they believed customers wanted. Lock step for stores: too many snow shovels in Arizona; not enough power tools. Good managers left; Lowes moved in. Mixing buying power and standardization with local interests is tough.

34 How Do You Want Your Drink? Starbucks menu: Starbucks menu: Regular coffee$2.05 Tall (small) cappuccino$2.55 Caffe Mocha$2.75 Grande (medium) latte$3.35 Venti (large) cappuccino$3.60 Venti mocha w/ vanilla$3.85 Cost difference to make these different drinks?

35 Why would they do that? Travelers, Farmers and others announce they will discount up to 10% on car insurance rates for hybrids. Applauded for being sensitive to the environment. Are they really?

36 Coupon Question When Disney sells a new DVDs of a movies, it often has a mail-in coupon that allows the customer to get a rebate (price discount). On a $20 DVD, there may be a $5 mail-in coupon. These are expensive to process, so why does Disney not just sell the movies for $15? When Disney sells a new DVDs of a movies, it often has a mail-in coupon that allows the customer to get a rebate (price discount). On a $20 DVD, there may be a $5 mail-in coupon. These are expensive to process, so why does Disney not just sell the movies for $15?

37 Common Mistakes ( Thanks to Peter Drucker) 1. Short term high profit margins. Rememberthe competition is coming. Xerox dominated copier market in early 1970s. High prices and profit margins. Canon entered with simpler, cheaper machines and swept the market away from Xerox. High profit margins today do not mean maximum profits over time. Price elasticity of demand drops over time due to alternatives.

38 Common Mistakes 2. Cost-Driven Pricing. Many companies derive prices based on cost recovery plus profit margin. The goal should be price-led costing. What will customers pay, given current and future competition? That is, what is the demand? Can your costs fit within those prices? Toyota and Nissan use that model and have taken larger and larger market shares away from German and American auto makers.

39 Common Mistakes 3. Using revenues to feed problems and starve opportunities. Many firms incur high costs trying to solve problems (often assigning the best people to solve problems). Problems are usually due to changes in competition and changes in technologya sign that demand has changed. Opportunities should be the focus look forward. GE dumps weak products rather than trying to fix them.


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