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Sean Adams
09-13-2005, 10:25 AM
I was reading a marketing book last night and there was a section about price perception. I am not saying I agree or disagree with the author, but he believes that the higher you price a service the higher regard the potential client will have for that service. He used the example of Pulp Fiction...

When John Travolta and Uma Thurman go to the 1950's style diner they order food - Travolta orders a burger and vanilla coke and Uma orders a "$5 milk shake". Travolta is shocked that it costs that much - he even asks the waiter if "bourbon is added to that shake"...

When the shake arrives travolta asks if he can have a sip of the shake. The author says that if it were a $2 shake travolta wouldn't be interested, but because it costs so much he was intrigued and wanted to taste it. He says that high pricing not only intrigues the prospect, but it will tempt them as well.

bobbygedd
09-13-2005, 07:51 PM
when johnny sips it, and realizes it tastes just like a $2 shake, he'll never buy one. the $5 milkshake stand, don't stand a chance.

fourseasonlawns
09-16-2005, 11:42 PM
when johnny sips it, and realizes it tastes just like a $2 shake, he'll never buy one. the $5 milkshake stand, don't stand a chance.


I disagree. Compared Fudrucker's prices to McDonald's 99 cent menu lately?
Compared Ferrari/Lamborgini to Corvette's lately?
What happened to the el'cheap'o YUGO. This was the vehicle EVERYONE could afford, yet NO ONE has one.



I would rather do 20 lawns at $35 ea for $700, rather than 30 yards at $25 ea for $750.

20 lawns at $5 ea cost me $100 out of $700. Leaves me $600.
30 lawns at $5 ea cost me $150 out of $750. Leaves me $600.

Right, wrong, or indifferent?

bobbygedd
09-17-2005, 08:34 AM
if someone can buy a shake, for $2, that tastes EXACTLY LIKE the $5 shake, why would they buy the $5 shake? they may buy one, or share one with a friend, but the end result would be them going back to the $2 shake?

fourseasonlawns
09-18-2005, 11:13 AM
I try to pick my customers that don't want to just keep up with the "Jone's". I'm trying to find the "Jone's".

Who in the world wants a $5 coffee from Starbucks? If you're not concerned about paying $5 for coffee, you're not concerned about paying $35 for lawn service when the competition is charging $20 or $25.

It's all about social status. If the Jone's down the street are buying Ferrari's, and stop every morning at Starbuck's drive-through on the way to work, others in the neighborhood are going to try and keep up with them.

I gained an account the other day simply because he was the only one on his street that mowed his own lawn. It's amazing how people just want to fit in with others.

Point is, If you can entice the "Jone's" into your business as a regular customer, you can't fail. Sure, you can't have everyone, but everyone can't keep up with the "Jone's".

olderthandirt
09-18-2005, 11:39 AM
Taste does not matter, the key word is PERCEPTION ! If a customer perceives the idea that there getting a great $ 5 shake then it will be in there eyes a great $5 dollar shake. If you are doing your job of selling it as that great only you can supply $5 shake when all the competition is selling is the ordinary, run of the mill $2 shake, it leave a customer with a only 2 choices
#1 go with the only guy that can supply the best
#2 choose one of the ordinary guys from the pack that give the same results as most anyone else

As was pointed out not everyone can afford the extra expense of the $5 shake but it only takes 1 of them to make up for 2-1/2 that can only afford the ordinary "shake"

Nosmo
09-18-2005, 11:44 AM
I was in Las Vegas last October and a group of us went into the Harley-Davidson restaurant for something to eat. Didn't order a $5.00 malt but -------------- I had a hamburger, french fries and a coke. Can't remember the exact amount but it was just under $19.00 not including the tip. One of my friends had a soft drink and a chicken fried steak and his tab was about $35.00. I wasn't curious about how his steak tasted though. :D

olderthandirt
09-18-2005, 12:20 PM
I was in Las Vegas last October and a group of us went into the Harley-Davidson restaurant for something to eat. Didn't order a $5.00 malt but -------------- I had a hamburger, french fries and a coke. Can't remember the exact amount but it was just under $19.00 not including the tip. One of my friends had a soft drink and a chicken fried steak and his tab was about $35.00. I wasn't curious about how his steak tasted though. :D
Not curious? Was it good or did he complain about it ??? Vegas you can eat for next to nothing in most casinos but yet you choose to go to a place that charges quite a bit [$19.00 for a burger] Why? convience, I doubt it you went becoase you wanted to go to the only place that sells Harley burgers, The Harley Diner. You could have left when you seen the prices and went and had a steak for $5 but you WANTED to be there. Marketing is why you went and why you stayed. Can't get a Harley burger at a yamaha dealer. :p

Nosmo
09-18-2005, 12:36 PM
You're right we could have left but we wanted to eat there.
You were right about the casinos prices but things have changed and they have wised up about food prices.

No more 99 cent breakfasts that I know of. The smorgasboard was about $8.00 for breakfast at Circus Circus. But what the heck -- it was a vacation and everyone expects to spend while on one.

SproulsLawnCare
10-21-2005, 03:42 AM
Taste does not matter, the key word is PERCEPTION ! If a customer perceives the idea that there getting a great $ 5 shake then it will be in there eyes a great $5 dollar shake. If you are doing your job of selling it as that great only you can supply $5 shake when all the competition is selling is the ordinary, run of the mill $2 shake, it leave a customer with a only 2 choices
#1 go with the only guy that can supply the best
#2 choose one of the ordinary guys from the pack that give the same results as most anyone else

As was pointed out not everyone can afford the extra expense of the $5 shake but it only takes 1 of them to make up for 2-1/2 that can only afford the ordinary "shake"
This is the honest truth. I used to sell those $5 shakes (or real close to that price) at my families restaurant. Most of the people in town would come to our restaurant because we had "the best food and ice cream in town". We were also the highest priced place in town! Not only that, but several of our customers drove app. 30 miles to have our lemon flavored soft serve ice cream when an ice cream stand in their own town was selling the exact same product from the same supplier. They PERCEIVED that ours tasted better!

yrdandgardenhandyman
11-01-2005, 08:44 AM
if someone can buy a shake, for $2, that tastes EXACTLY LIKE the $5 shake, why would they buy the $5 shake? they may buy one, or share one with a friend, but the end result would be them going back to the $2 shake?



So this flies in the face of your cater to the cheapskate thread? The point is to have a $2.00 shake that tastes like a $2.00 shake and a $5.00 shake that tastes like a $5.00 shake.
If someone wants a $15.00 mow, give them a $15.00 mow. No trim, no blow. If they want a $35.00 mow then it includes the trim, blow and maybe another extra. Squirt, fert, bush trimming etc. are always extra.
If the $5.00 shake tastes better than the $2.00 shake, you are always going to have people who prefer the $2.00 shake cause it's cheaper. Never give them the $5.00 shake for $2.00 though.

Davido
11-23-2005, 09:41 PM
I figure the $5.00 shake has less to do with the taste than with the place. I don't mind a 2 dollar shake but I sure don't want to sit and relax at McDonalds to enjoy it. A 35 dollar mow should come with a "yes sir, have a nice day" rather than a grunt and a hand held out for money. Service, service, service...:) I got a tree service job solely due to the fact that the customer didn't like the looks of their previous service provider. Maybe it's not fair but don't we always tip the pretty cocktail waitress a lot better than the ugly one?

jasonnau
11-23-2005, 09:52 PM
I think the key word is "Presentation". Pull up in your 1979 rusty blue ford with your beat up mowers and trailor and try to sell them a higher priced cut, and pull up in your shiny new truck all lettered up with nice equipment and try the same. Let's see who gets the job. The $5 milkshake is sold in a cool place. Mcdonalds wouldn't go far with $5 milkshakes.