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"Prices are too high in malls...."

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nioe_yemar's picture
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This really angers me. "Prices are SOOOO high in malls, why, I'm a n00b, blahblahblah" Neomails like this come all the time! I usually tell them, well, you wouldn't go to your local mall and complain that the "designer jeans" that they're selling for $100 is a scam because Walmart sells them for $12, would you?

That usually shuts them up.

But now, I'm totally going to tell them this: "In most skimming, goods are sold at higher prices so that fewer sales are needed to break even. Selling a product at a high price, sacrificing high sales to gain a high profit is therefore "skimming" the market."

Because when you type in "pricing strategies" on Google, Wiki tells you this. And that's exactly what we're doing.

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lol tongue Price skimming is usually done for new product launches though. Convenience and availability of selection is what i usually say.. if anything.

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nioe_yemar's picture
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I usually say that too, but to be fair, that IS basically the gist of what we are doing.... selling items at higher costs to break even with less sales. winking

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I don't really get mails like that anymore for some reason, but the vast majority of my traffic comes from SW hits despite the fact I am main market. I spend A LOT of time restocking, sniping and in the Igloo/ Attic though.

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Every once in a while, I'll see a board, or get a piece of mail, or see a post on my recruiting board, about it. It's just frustrating. Like, seriously, go to YOUR local mall and complain that their prices are too high. They'll just laugh straight in your face!

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I got back into malling about 5 months ago and, so far, I've only had someone complain about the prices once. I don't do much advertising on the NeoBoards, so I guess that helps keep the naggers away, but that one person, with whom I just got done exchanging a few Neomails, really managed to push my buttons.

I tried everything I could think of:
- Explaining that the current Faerie Quest event caused a price inflation on all Faerie Quest items, which I have no control over.
- Explaining that if I were to price everything at the lowest asking price on the shop wizard, I'd not only be wasting my time and getting nothing out of it but also find myself unable to keep anything in stock.
- Telling them that I, myself, will buy from other mall shops, which also sell at a profit, for the sake of convenience when on a Faerie Quest.
- Point out at the fact that the one item in their shop, priced at 39 000, was in fact worth 1000.

Nothing would do. Every time they would respond that my prices are too high, that I'm taking advantage of poor unsuspecting Questers and that I'm a scammer. That last one really had me twitching behind my keyboard. Now don't get me wrong, I respect people's opinion. If they find my prices too high to their liking, they are more than welcomed to take their business elsewhere, I won't send thugs after them... But don't accuse me of taking advantage of people. I'm not tricking anyone into buying my items, people come into my shop of their own initiative.

BLARG! Sorry, had to get it out. I feel better now ^.^

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Cerberus...That person was totally off the mark! Your prices are excellent...even with the Quest Event inflation. I've been restocking from your shop a lot this past week. Grin

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There there, it's ok *pat pat*
There's just no reasoning with some people....

cerberus_neo's picture
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Wanna know the best part? That person was brought into my shop via the Shop Wizard, they bought one of my quest items.

It's so nice to have this malling community to run back to when the Neopian populace start acting like you're Cruella de Vil or something (I wove puppies!).

Luv you guys <3

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you know summer sales are up when the mall trolls show up lol.

And as usual: ignore and enjoy

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Only one thing to say ~ If you don't like my prices buy elsewhere! This is a free market. The complainers are probably looking for some sort of government price controls.

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