In MA for a self pay customer the medical doctor must give you the price
ahead of time. Total cost may vary if it is determined that some tests
may be needed, but they will give you each cost as you go. If you pay
at time of service you get 40% discount.
Dentist are not covered under the law, but my daughter manages a
practice. She will give you the cost for self pay and estimate co-pay
if you have insurance.
Some months back my wife and I got shingles vaccination shots. We paid
a co-pay but later were sent a $37 bill for each for the administration
of the shot. I sent a letter and the charges were removed.
They sort of do. In any big city there will be a chain of "cheap"
supermarkets, a chain or two of "regular" ones, and at least a few
upscale ones with high prices that keep the riffraff away so the
affluent can shop in peace.
There are stores that _stock_ differently based on income. A mall in one
part of a metropolitan area may have the same anchor stores as a mall in
another part of the area, but the stock might be considerably higher end at
one location vs. the other.
I have heard them referred to as "A" stores and "B" stores but I don't know
if that's an official term.
There are certainly different prices at different stores within the same
chain, even within a few blocks of each other, but it's usually not
directly related to income. The cost of doing business and nearby
competition can impact pricing even within the same chain.
(Original link to St. Louis Dispatch article too long to post)
One could argue that higher income locations will warrant higher store
rents and therefore higher prices. While not directly related to income, it
could be an underlying cause in some cases, but definitely not all, as
mentioned in the article.
Every restaurant? No, but all restaurants in the same chain will, at least
within the same general geographic area.
When I said "anchor stores" I was talking about the same store, e.g.
JCPenny at one mall and JCPenny at another. Macy's at one mall and Macy's
at another. Malls that are less then 15 miles apart. They will carry
different items based on the location and the people living in those
locations definitely have different income levels. I'm pretty sure that the
Applebee's at each mall will have the same menus with the same prices. I'm
pretty sure that the Chevy dealers down the block from each mall will sell
the same cars.
I wasn't trying to make a point. I was just trying to make conversation.
On Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:20:03 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That makes no sense. Stores that sell "product" obviously need to
have some level of service but they are not selling a "service", they
are selling a product. Surely you wouldn't go shopping for a TV at a
place that has GREAT SERVICE but no stock of TVs, only demo's on the
Floor to look at.
Service implies knowledge. If the store doesn't have expertise on what
they sell, what kinda service is there? After we retired from our
regular career job we started small retail store which thrived and grew
to 4 locations covering whole city. Our price was higher than most
stores in same business. But number of customers grew and grew to a
point of affecting level of services. We could not properly train staff.
Now we are down to one store near our home. Customers who used to come
to our closed stores flock to this last one staying open. Many times we
asked why they're coming down from the other end of town and mentioned
our higher price. Their answer? "Because your service, knowledge,
honesty and trust plus product quality" It is a proven fact price is not
priority one in retail business. I never saw a store doing well with cut
throat low price. Also price oriented customer is never a good customer,
based on 20 odd years running our store.
So you are selling BOTH service and product. My point was when people
want product you must have product. The claim that all that's being
sold is the service (that's all any store has to "sell".) just makes
Of course. Say when you are shopping for a new TV and ask the sales guy
or gal what is audio return channel(commonly called ARC} when hooking up
HT system. If (s)he can't explain what is ARC, would you feel good? What
if they don't know the difference between HDMI 1.3 and 1.4 cable?
The flip side of that is that if I do know that stuff why would I pay
more at the store with sales people who also know it? There's a
market for BOTH kinds of "sales model" but in BOTH cases, what is
being sold is the product. If that were not the case you'd have to
pay for the service whether you bought anything or not. Clearly there
are a lot more people buying big screen TVs at CostCo than at the "we
know HDMI inside and out" stores.
Yesterday, I needed a couple rubber bands. I walked
all around Walmart, twice, and could not find the
stationary department. I also didn't find any
employees to ask. I did get three quart of
transmission fluid which I did need. I then checked
Dollar Tree, and did not find any rubber bands. I
still don't have any rubber bands. After I shovel
all the snow the plows left in my driveway, I may
go to Office Max.
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