Why are store prices different?

Say a bag of salad mix in Store1 is $2.50. In Store2 the same brand and size bag is $3.99.

10 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    *  Stores are free to set their own prices.  

    *  Stores don't have the same cost of doing business.  

            *  Rent is often a big factor, but so are employee costs.

            *  They don't get their merchandise all at the same price.  Based on volume of the overall chain, one store likely gets a better price than the other.

    *  Stores have different marketing practices.  

           *  Some stores keep all prices low.  

           *  Some stores highly discount items to get customers in the door while depending on those customers buying other more expensive items while they're there (because they haven't shopped around or it's just more convenient to not have to from store to store.)

            *  Some stores just have high prices.  They've marketed themselves as having better quality merchandise.  If they offer something another store does, they don't discount it for the reason stated directly above. 

  • 2 months ago

    Smaller independent stores don't have the same buying power as large chains and pay quite a bit more at wholesale, different chains have different expenses, and some are more greedier than others.

  • 2 months ago

    Timing of sales, union/non-union workforce, cost of the physical store (per year, be it rent or long-term purchase), not worth it for you to drive to the store for the one cheaper price.

  • 2 months ago

    Different stores have different cost structures, offer different services, stock different brands, etc. They order in different quantities which affect their costs as well. Any of these factors can account for the difference.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It would actually be illegal if the grocery stores got together and all agreed to charge the same price for everything.   That's called "price fixing" and it's a crime. 

  • Audrey
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    IDK,  but I'm shopping at store 1!!!!

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    To trap the unwary.

  • 2 months ago

    Here in the UK we have a posh shop called Waitrose and a low class discount shop called Aldi. There was recently a story about Waitrose products (higher price) having Aldi labels on them. 

  • 2 months ago

    It's because store 2 wants more profit, or they are getting it from the supplier for a higher price than store 1 did and is trying to maintain a similar profit margin. Also, larger stores may get discounts for larger (bulk) purchases from suppliers so they don't have to sell product at a much higher prices. 

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's called "free enterprise". A retailer can charge any price they desire.

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