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  • Writer's pictureYaser Khamis

How to Price Your Products & Services

Method 1

There are various strategies to determine product pricing, one of which involves basing it on production costs and adding a margin.

However, this method may overlook market dynamics and competition, viewing the price as the minimum to sustain profitability. Consequently, you might miss out on potential profit if customers highly value your product, or price it above competitors and lose sales due to increased demand at lower prices.

Limitations of Method 1

  • Products may not sell if customers do not perceive value at this price point.

  • Pricing higher than competitors could hinder sales.

  • Unique products may command higher prices.

  • Lower-priced competition may affect sales.

Method 2

Another common approach is to benchmark against competitors and position your business either above them with higher prices or below with lower prices.

However, this method risks overemphasizing market and competition dynamics, neglecting internal operational considerations.

Limitations of Method 2

  • Products may not sell if customers do not perceive value at this price level.

  • Selling below production costs could result in losses.

Product pricing is one of the most important decisions

Pricing decisions should transcend mere mathematical calculations. Both qualitative and quantitative factors should guide pricing strategies.

Among these factors is perceived value—essentially the price point at which customers perceive your product or service to be worth purchasing. Psychology heavily influences this perception; higher prices are often associated with superior quality. However, failing to deliver value may result in customer dissatisfaction and churn.

A comprehensive approach to pricing takes into account:

  • Production costs

  • Competitors' pricing

  • Brand reputation

  • Supply and demand dynamics

  • Perceived value among customers


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