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Why lowering prices isn’t always a worthy pricing strategy


In the current competitive business scenario, lowering product prices is always an unpreferred but also an unavoidable option by both online and offline market players. However, is it a worthy pricing strategy for all business players? The answer is positive for market leaders like Amazon and eBay but not always positive for mid-sized and small online business players.

For Amazon and eBay there is never an issue to commonly sell certain items at a loss.

Let’s explore the positive as well as negative business scenarios of lowering product prices, as there is always a suitable place and time to execute it successfully for online retailers.

Negative Business Scenarios:

  • Amazon, eBay and other market leaders can afford this loss making business scenario however others have to take a calculated risk for lowering their product prices
  • Don’t apply discounts through out the year as it can spoil the brand
  • After-holiday sales comes the period commonly to clear out seasonal items. However, one has to manage it well as you can face problems after festive seasons like Christmas

Positives Business Scenarios:

  • Offer discounts by studying trends and using data intelligence to have an choice of what & when to discount
  • Lowering of prices should be done steadily and at consistent rate to maintain the brand image when you are discounting
  • Reprice your products as relative pricing is the key to sustain or beat competition
  • Apply a minimum and maximum price limit when offering discounts on particular products
  • Measure the price sensitivity of your customers by testing them through slightly different pricing structures to plan your future strategy both on their positive and negative responses

What discount or price lowering scenarios and strategies have been successful for your business?

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