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Motivation[ edit ] Giving buyers the freedom to pay what they want can be very successful in some situations, because it eliminates many disadvantages of conventional pricing. For both, it changes an adversarial zero-sum conflict centered on price into a friendly win-win exchange centered on value and trust, and addresses the fact that value perceptions and price sensitivities can vary widely among buyers.
Further reasons for sellers implementing PWYW pricing includes price discrimination and market penetration. Price discrimination occurs as a result of buyers with higher valuations of the product choosing to pay a higher price.
Thus, price discrimination could result in higher revenues for the seller if costs are sufficiently low. PWYW is also an effective tool for penetrating a new market, perhaps to introduce a new brand, as even consumers with a very low valuation can pay small amounts for the same product.
History and commercial uses[ edit ] PWYW has long existed on the margins of the economy, such as for tips and street performers, as well as charities, and has been gaining breadth of interest. The album, available solely through Green's Last Days Ministries, was offered on mail-order coupon.
A purchaser would send the coupon, along with the chosen purchase price if anyto obtain the album. In subsequent years, further restaurants were opened around Melbourne including in Abbotsford Convent, Footscray now closed and Thornbury.
The first of these releases was the debut Bomb the Music Industry! Releases on Quote Unquote Records are offered as free downloads with the option of donating to the label. The group has referred to themselves strictly as a live band, and thus give away their music solely so as many people as possible can hear it and be able to sing and dance along with it at their performances.
InPanera Bread bakery used the system in a St. Louis, Missouri suburb, and has generated further attention by opening more since. Canonical implemented this system on the Ubuntu download page.
Their message varies, but usually asks to "Show Ubuntu some love. Alternatively, there is an option to skip the payment and go straight to download of selected OS type. Fashion e-tailer Everlane gained significant attention in December with a PWYW after-Christmas sale that featured clear framing of PWYW pricing options quantized at three levels that provided 1 only cost recovery, 2 basic overhead recovery, or 3 full sustainable investment.
Inthey reached over 31, audience members with theatrical performances all offered PWYW. Even registration fees are done on a PWYW basis. Research[ edit ] With the prominence of the Radiohead experiment, economics and business researchers began a flurry of studies, with particular attention to the behavioral economic aspects of PWYW—what motivates buyers to pay more than zero, and how can sellers structure the process to obtain desirable pricing levels?
One early such study possibly the first was the one done by Kim et al. In a follow-up research paper, Gneezy and colleagues found that PWYW may deter some customers from purchasing. Their results show that this is because, "individuals feel bad when they pay less than the 'appropriate' price, causing them to pass on the opportunity to purchase the product altogether".
Schmidt, Martin Spann and Robert Zeithammer show that outcome-based social preferences and strategic considerations to keep the seller in the market can explain why and how much buyers pay voluntarily to a PWYW seller. They find that PWYW can be viable on a monopolistic market, but is less successful as a competitive strategy because it does not drive traditional posted-price sellers out of the market.
Instead, the existence of a posted-price competitor reduces buyers' payments and prevents the PWYW seller from fully penetrating the market. When given the choice, most sellers opt for setting a posted price rather than a PWYW pricing strategy.
The study tested the significance of four determinants in deciding the PWYW price paid by consumers: The study found that price consciousness negatively influenced the price paid, while usage and loyalty positively influenced the price paid for the product.
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