Impact Pricing Podcast

#507: Pricing Table Topics: King of Spades – There’s No Such Thing As a Commodity

This one is the King of Spades from the Impact Pricing card deck. 

Of course there’s no such thing as a commodity. Well, many salespeople, many business people think they’re selling a commodity. And what that really means is that they just have to charge the same price that everybody else charges.

But is that really true? In my view of the world, if you’re charging the exact same price, that means you’re not adding any value. Why would I buy from you versus somebody else? And in truth, there are ways that you can add value to almost anything.

For example, if you were to go to two different vendors of gold coins online today, you’ll find they’re not identical prices. But isn’t gold a commodity? Well, maybe it’s approximately the same price, but there’s a difference in price based on the service level of the vendor. Based on something that they’re giving above and beyond. Maybe it’s free shipping. Maybe it’s storage. Maybe it’s the niceness of the salespeople.

“In truth, there are ways that you can add value to almost anything.”

– Mark Stiving

Regardless of what it is, there’s something there that says, Hey, I get to charge a little bit more than my competition because my product, my service, something is better. And what we need to do, even if we’re selling a true commodity, something that is physically identical to somebody else’s, we can differentiate it through other means. So, we should always be focused on the fact that we are not selling a commodity. 

In fact, my view of the world is, if you’re claiming that you sell a commodity, then we don’t need you as a salesperson. And we don’t need you as a product manager. Because pretty much everybody has the same thing, why would we need you to help us?

So, accept that fact and drive hard, what’s different? Where’s your differentiation? What can you do that’s better so that you can charge a higher price?

We hope you enjoyed this example of Pricing Table Topics. What you just heard was done without a script. If you want to get better at speaking about pricing and value, grab a deck of our cards, pick a card, read the saying, and then talk for one to two minutes about what that card says. You’ll become a better speaker and expert.

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