Defeating the Price vs. Quality Mentality

As a manufacturer, we are many times faced with the challenge of explaining why our product cost more than some of our competitors. Even though I truly believe in the quality of our spa covers, I always dread this conversation. I think most consumers (myself included), look for the best bargain....It is not like I walk into a store saying "hey, where is your most expensive tv...I'll take it". We are born to our personal lives as well as our professional ones. Unfortunately, in our quest to find the cheapest price, we also many times sacrifice quality. For example, let's talk shoes (I know, I know...I am a are important). When I am buying a new pair of shoes, I know I want them to last more than a couple of years, so I go for quality. I could buy the cheaper shoes, but they may only last me a year or two at best. Why do that, when I can pay a little more and have them for several more years? I am not willing to compromise when it comes to my shoes.

So...the challenge....explaining the "shoe" philosophy to our customers. We (as in Blue Water Spa Covers) may not have the cheapest prices, but we do have great quality. Do you want your cover to last a couple of years or five or six? I like to think of us as a package deal...not only do you get a great product, but you get fantastic customer become part of our's like buying the shoes, and getting a matching handbag for free...or more simply put for the's like buying that big screen tv and getting the universal remote for free.

In the long run, going for quality is the bargain. It may cost more upfront, but the product will last longer. Instead of buying two in five years and doubling your spending, you can purchase one good product that will last five years and keep some of that cash in your pocket.

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  • Good point Don, and as a manufacturer, we deal with that blind pricing issue with the majority of our customers. A new potential customer calls ....sometimes from a referral, but most of the time because they googled us. That first phone call is very much like that conversation on the sales floor that you are referring to. It is so important to know your products and pricing, as well as why the prices are what they are, but it is equally important to understand how to engage the consumer.
  • Great Blog Ramona. The issue that retailers have the hardest time combating when it comes to the issue of cost/quality is that the consumer does not "ask". When a consumer is in the store they will either speak to an associate for the price of a particular item or they will see it priced on the sales floor.

    If they see the item priced on the sales floor, it will either be a good price or a bad price to them. If the price is "bad" or too high they do not typically ask why the price is higher. The price does not convey to them that there is a better warranty, that it is US made, etc. Also if a customer only looks for one item and they deem that price too high, then they will assume that the price is too high on everything.

    On the other hand if the item is not priced or they cannot find it on the sales floor they will have to engage an associate. This can go one of two ways depending on the associate. They will either give them a price and end the conversation there, or they will ask qualifying questions to create a conversation with the customer and give them an opportunity to explain the differences between product A and product B.

    The retailer must be very concious of what they have on their floor, who they have working on the floor, how their pricing/signing is done and the differences between what they carry and what the competition has.
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  • Ramona, this is a topic I think just about everyone deals with, even when your products are only $1 - $2 different! There are some customers out there who are always simply going to buy whatever has the lowest price tag. They are always going to assume you are just trying to squeeze more money out of them.

    But there are a great deal of customers out there who just need to understand WHY your products cost more, and, if the reason and the price increase are understandably related, they will be willing to see the light. You may have to listen to their concerns before shouting your "Buts" and "Althoughs" at them, but if each customer is approached according to THEIR needs and wants, quality will always win.
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