A secret about pricing strategy learnt from a busker

English: Busker in Arles, France
English: Busker in Arles, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day I saw a busker next to the parking pay station playing on his guitar and singing a popular song. In front of him was his black canvas guitar case and on top were several R2 coins. After I had paid for my parking, I gave the musician R2. As I did this I remembered what a musician had told me while she had busked her way through Ireland. I suggested to the musician that he place a R10 note or two on top of his guitar canvas carrier. He smiled and said he would try it out.

I don’t know whether the busker tried the approach or not but I do know that pricing products and services is based on perceptions. You see if you price too low people don’t place a high value on your product or service. If the busker put out R10 notes, passers-by would notice that the musician placed a high value on his service. Continue reading “A secret about pricing strategy learnt from a busker”