Paul’s Pricing Dictionary: Cost-plus Pricing (Part 2)

P 75x75Cost-plus pricing, n. gerund, delusional.

Going beyond Nagle & Holden … cost-plus prices:

– miss psychological price points

– effectively destabilize the business because they’re set with no perception of customer value in mind (if the prices are set irrationally, customer behavior will be irrational)

– assume that all the costs are cost-competitive, right? Wrong.

– temporarily shield uncompetitive procurement/costing/product management

– prevent the necessary and creative tension between pricing (“these products are not cost competitive!”) and costing/procurement (“oh yes they are!”) to help improve the business as whole

– are very apparent to professional purchasers & purchasing depts. and can be exploited accordingly

– would be severely lagged and ineffective when used for life-cycle and X-rate management

– can be easily gamed by the competition: it’s very obvious when a company doesn’t set its price competitively

– wait, don’t tell me that with cost-plus pricing you don’t even bother with competitive analysis either ….?

Any more?

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