Like most pizza lovers, I often find myself sharing a pie with one or more friends. That invariably means heating arguments over toppings. The easiest way to broker peace (at least for the moment) is to do half-and-half pies.
Pricing on, say, a half-pepperoni, half-mushroom pie seems straightforward enough. You should be charged for one topping, right?
Not always. Sometimes a place will charge you for two toppings. Why is that? Blogger Rafi Mohammed has gone through the trouble of formulating a theory:
In search of answers, I posed this fascinating pricing conundrum to a couple of my friends and together, we came up with a working hypothesis. Our initial research revealed that legendary and gourmet pizzerias tend to charge for two toppings while Mom & Pops and chains seem to only charge for one topping. We hypothesized there are two key reasons why legendary and gourmet pizzerias charge for two toppings. First, customers that patronize these establishments tend to be less price sensitive. This notion is supported by the fact that I rarely, if ever, see coupons for these pizzerias while discounts (coupons, volume specials) are readily available at chains and Mom & Pops. Second, customers dining at legendary and gourmet pizzerias highly value unique toppings. This concept is supported by the fact that these restaurants are often known for specialty toppings such as clams, homemade sausage, thyme roasted mushrooms, etc.
Although I don't like it when I'm charged for two toppings when I've essentially ordered one, I think Mr. Mohammed's theory is a sound one, and all my pizza-eating experience seems to back it up—even though I can't think of specific examples of where I've been charged full price for half the topping.
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