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Apr 8, 2010

Hey Mister. Can you spare a quarter...

So, I have a question for you all.

Here's the situation:

I have a small concession here at the field where, along with hot dogs, I sell bottled water, Gatorade, canned soda and assorted snacks. To keep it simple everything is priced the same - 75 cents. After running to Sam's and Walmart, stacking and storing, refrigerating and cooking, preparing and re-stocking and cleaning up afterward I figure I'm making a few cents on each item.

Here's the question:

Would you pay a dollar for these items? Should I charge convenient store prices or just break even, as in providing the food as an amenity for the players?


Reiner Schafer Apr 8, 2010, 8:16:00 AM  

We do the same. Our prices are Canadian dollars and include taxes. We were selling everything for $1.00 for the last 8 years. We raised our prices to $1.50 and no even blinked. I figure now it's at least covering the cost of the time it takes for us to do the shopping. I'm pretty sure we weren't making anything at $1.00.

Anonymous,  Apr 8, 2010, 9:29:00 AM  

Wow - 1980's pricing... I think you're a saint for keeping it $0.75. I think everything would be easier if you moved it all to a dollar. Nice round numbers.

Anonymous,  Apr 8, 2010, 12:50:00 PM  

When it's mid summer and 100 degrees.. I don't think I'll miss that quarter when I'm on the edge of a heat stroke!

Patrick Apr 8, 2010, 9:59:00 PM  

Yea... I kinda hate carrying change around, so making it just a nice round dollar would be nice.

13 Feet Tall Apr 12, 2010, 2:28:00 AM  

Paying a buck wouldn't be bad. You're a business! Not a charity.

Besides, i'm likely to lose that quarter you give me back anyway.

Although, on the flip side, everything being .75 cents might encourage a few people to buy 5 items just so they feel like they're almost getting the 5th one free. Or to not have change.

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