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Old 12-10-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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If you go across America to McDonald's or Starbucks, do they all sell the same items at exactly the same prices?

For example, are 10 McNuggets the same price at every McD's in America?
(Sales tax would be different.)

What about nonfood places, like Target or Staples?
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Old 12-10-2015, 03:06 PM
 
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At non-food outlets they usually allow price variation to compete in the local market. I know we have a cheap Wmart and a higer one a few miles down the road.
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Old 12-10-2015, 03:07 PM
 
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If you go across America to McDonald's or Starbucks, do they all sell the same items at exactly the same prices?

For example, are 10 McNuggets the same price at every McD's in America?
(Sales tax would be different.)

What about nonfood places, like Target or Staples?
No.
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Old 12-10-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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They obviously can't.

Logistics, taxes and regulations come into play.

Fast food vendors can achieve that though.

It's all about strategy.
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Old 12-10-2015, 04:44 PM
 
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If you go across America to McDonald's or Starbucks, do they all sell the same items at exactly the same prices?

For example, are 10 McNuggets the same price at every McD's in America?
(Sales tax would be different.)

What about nonfood places, like Target or Staples?
No prices are not the same at every location. The target an hour away is cheaper than the one 20 minutes away. I have had a few times that I have gotten a larger refund just buy returning an item to a different store.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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Wallyworld is famous for having a variation of pricing, especially in local markets. Low income areas are cheaper than high income areas.
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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No prices are not the same at every location. The target an hour away is cheaper than the one 20 minutes away. I have had a few times that I have gotten a larger refund just buy returning an item to a different store.
It's stealing if you return items to a store and receive more than you paid.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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In some cases there may be uniform pricing of certain key items across a chain, simply because those items might be in national advertising.


Certain companies also do unit pricing--that is, print the price of their items on the packaging to force their retailers to offer that item at that price.


But 99% of product prices in chain stores vary by locality, due to many factors.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:43 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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They obviously can't.

Logistics, taxes and regulations come into play.

Fast food vendors can achieve that though.

It's all about strategy.
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No.
Sure they do have price differences.
Check this:
McDonalds Prices - Fast Food Menu Prices
You need to enter your state name to view ESTIMATED prices in your state...
They also vary from country to country. Not only that - their menu is different too.
E.g. Way less junk, artificial colors, flavors and lots of GMO free, organic ingredients in countries where stuff we eat here in the USA is banned. More salads, fresh fruit, no plastic cheese products etc...
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: 60630
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I worked at Macy's for many years and our clothes were the same everywhere. INC top in Seattle could sell for 39.99, was also 39.99 in NYC. I used to do allot of orders over the phone for customer pick up, so we always verified prices first. The taxes were different but that's not the same thing as prices being different. But that's just my experience. Maybe things changes in the last couple of years.
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