"Why Companies Cut Price When They Get into TroubleSe voltarmos à parte I e recordarmos a quantidade de empresas que todos os anos fecham, e que antes de fecharem acham que sobreviverão se baixarem os preços... é fácil perceber o filme.
When a business gets into trouble, it has a cash-flow problem and a margin problem - not a profitability problem.
An organization gets into trouble when it can’t pay bills and/or can’t meet payroll. It has a cash-flow problem (or more correctly, a cash-trickle problem). This creates an intolerable situation for the organization. If the bills aren’t paid, it will be cut off from needed services and supplies; if payroll isn’t met, there will be no one to do the work. So, the first thing executives start worrying about is, “How can we get some cash? . . . How can we get that cash in the fastest way?” You guessed it. It has got to sell something! How to sell that something? Use the old standby: Cut the price. Unfortunately, cutting the price immediately creates the three danger signs that signal the organization may soon become a bankruptcy statistic: (1) gross margin goes down, (2) wages as a percentage of sales go up, and (3) sales volume begins to increase.
Many salespeople have the feeling that when they’re out in the marketplace, the only way to sell and compete is to cut price when the competition starts cutting its price. They think, “Hey, we’re getting killed. We’re getting hammered. Our competitors are selling at a lower price than we are. They keep cutting price. We can’t compete on an unlevel playing field. And, if those guys can sell at that price, we can too.” So they go back to the boss, and say, “Hey, boss, we’re getting smashed out there. Those guys are selling at a lower price. And we need to do the same thing or we won’t ever be competitive.” Well, the bottom line is - If those guys can sell at that price and go broke - you can, too. Just because your competition is selling at a price or offering products or services at a price lower than you are, it doesn’t mean you can—or should even try to - meet their price, because most of that competition is going broke."
Trechos retirados de "How to Sell at Margins Higher Than Your Competitors Winning Every Sale at Full Price, Rate, or Fee" de Lawrence Steinmetz e William Brooks.