218-Discounts – Much Greater Than Most Assume

Recently, we did an extensive analysis of various forms of price reductions and discounts. In particular, we were interested in seeing how big discounts tended to be. Across roughly 850 instances of discounts, we found that the median discount was 25%. 75% of all discounts were 10% or greater.

Discounts in distressed markets are often much higher. Numerous examples reside in Florida condominiums. This market grew far too fast for demand and then collapsed quickly. Retail prices for condominiums there have fallen from 30% to 40% off their peak prices. If you are a big buyer, one capable of doing a bulk purchase, discounts are even larger. In one example, a condominium project had a cost of $340 per square foot to build. The complex had 375 luxury units which sat in bankruptcy. A developer bought 165 units at an auction sale at a price of $126 a square foot. That works out to a 63% discount on the cost of new building. (See StrategyStreet.com/Improve/Pricing/Reduce Price)

For comparison purposes, the median customer who is able to purchase a large package of a product buys that product at a discount of about 30% off of the retail price. 75% of these types of purchases have discount equal to or greater than 20%.

Posted 9/16/10


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