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This article is more interesting to anyone producing or importing loads of furniture or other household items.

Run the PTS Calculator

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A guide to understanding that price tag
Introducing: The PTS Calculator
February 6, 2003 - by Simbille Ballong

Most products have a different appeal to different social groups. Some products are of luxurious material, some are 2nd hand. Diamonds last forever while flowers fade within a week. So how do all this affect the price of the product? If you produce or import loads of stuff, our new Price Calculator will become useful!

In Simmerville we have a detailed routine for pricing any product before it gets available in our local manufacture catalogue. This goes for imported items, as well as anything produced locally. In the start we just found a price that was just as good as any price. But as the assortment grew, we understood we needed to pay attention to the product's qualities before setting a price (the Price Tag System - see related article). And lately, we have pulled this even further, by not only counting the quality units, but also consider how the product's use of material and visual candy will appeal to different social groups.

This probably sounds like a very complicated process, you might think "Why make things more complicated than needed". Fact is that it isn't that complicated at all, because we invented the PTS Calculator which handles the entire operation for us. If you live in a smaller neighbourhood that doesn't import much furniture from the web shops, and if there's not a certain local production either, then the PTS Calculator most likely will not be of much interest. But if you produce loads of furniture and other household items, or import loads of stuff, then you should test the calculator right away.

We all know that some stuff is not appropriately priced compared to what already is in the local catalogue. With the PTS Calculator it's easier than ever to set the price tag correctly. This is not a software program, but simply a script that is available on the STUFF page.

The calculation is based on the Price Tag System where each quality unit will add about §100 to the price, but the calculator will adjust this according to 7 easy questions where alternatives are given. If you don't know the number of quality units, you can not use the PTS Calculator. To find the quality units you will need to check the product either in your local catalogue, or by using a system called Transmogrifier.

The 7 questions are explained on the web page where the Calculator presents the results. You will need to run the calculator to get access to that page, but it's easy to use so you don't really need to read all that info unless you are very much interested in how it works.