It’s a competitive world. If you can consistently sell the same product
as your competitor for less money, you could drive them out of business and
make yourself rich. Companies look for
ways to do this: better manufacturing efficiencies, automation, cheaper
materials and lower overhead.
some knife manufacturers. They have,
essentially two main customers, brick-and-mortar (B&M) stores and internet
stores. They like brick-and-mortar. They understand them and anticipate a large
order once, perhaps several times a year.
That means a large transfer of cash which makes it easier for them to
operate. Internet stores on the other
hand can have very low overhead. They
could be a couple people in someone’s basement with a website. Your order to them could be bundled in a
largish order and placed. Even if they
have stock on hand, the overhead is low, no building, or sales force, and fewer
B&M. Suddenly B&Ms find they can’t
compete with some brother and sister in Arizona who have website and a garage
to work out of.
about lower prices “cheapening” the brand and losing the lump orders, have gone
to MAP, Minimum Advertising Price.
Vendors, both B&M and Web based, sign an agreement to honor that
price and frankly, companies enforcement these agreements with a stick. Too many violators and the distributor or dealer will be dropped from the manufacturer’s authorized buyer list.
Here’s an example of a very nice little knife:
Case Stockman Burnt Gray
Your Price XXXXXX
price, but MAP is what you’ll often see on a website. They frame it as a sale price, reduced from
the suggested retail price (SRP) but it is really the bottom price they can
advertise. It’s a playing field leveler.
but it’s always an in-store special, something web-based stores can’t do. Remember when advertisements would say “POR”
or Price-On–Request? It became apparent
it was too expensive to have employees answering the phone to give a price to
someone who may not actually come in the store.
knife manufacturers? Just make the
Suggested Retail Price the MAP price.
Some companies are doing it.
Deejo does. Their MAP is their
suggested retail price. CRKT’s Provoke
has a MAP five cents cheaper than the suggest retail.
lying to the consumer. But it seems a
little too oily to me.