Friday, February 20, 2009

Pricing in Bulk

There are many things I find about Southeast Asian culture that we could learn from--communalism, great food, better nutrition in general, architecture, constantly smiling, etc.

But, there are a few things I'm not so sure about. One of them is bulk pricing.

We are trying to get back into the time zone thing, and we are in Chiang Mai for over a week. So we found a gym. They offer daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships.

For one week, they offer
1500 baht, marked down to 1000 baht.

For one month, they offer
2400 baht, marked down to 900.

I don't exactly follow the logic, other than that they'd like to incent you to pay less to use their equipment more. This was true in Vietnam too...

When we were doing our tailoring, the tailors would say, "if you buy more things, I make you a deal." But the deal was always five dollars less than the total price. You could buy two things for 35 dollars and get five dollars off. Or you could buy 8 things for 300 dollars and get five dollars off. Since we had lots of time with these tailors, I spent a long time trying to explain the absurdity of that...you are convincing me to buy less!...but to no avail.

So we went to multiple tailors for our small items.

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