Freak Shots: Honest Mistake or Snack Gouging?

Blog reader Abe Mirrashidi sent us this photo of a vending machine at his workplace which has a most unusual pricing scheme. The Cheetos and Doritos in “A0″ and “A2″ sell for $.65, and are identical to the Cheetos and Doritos in “B0″ and “B2,” both of which go for $.75. You can guess which slots get sold out first.

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  1. Tonya says:

    Supply and demand!

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  2. Raymond says:

    Price discrimination. Short people must pay the more expensive price if they can’t see the top row.

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  3. mannyv says:

    Isn’t this a great example of demand-based pricing?

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  4. -BKHKNY says:

    So the vending company does not have to work so hard, spend so much on supplies, yet still make the same amount?

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  5. Me says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this increases the sales of the chips over just having them all at 65c, since people will feel like they are getting a deal.

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  6. BSK says:

    Or maybe they just forgot to switch out the labels…

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  7. James says:

    Maybe the machine re-filler ran out of 75-cent chips and just decided “hey, let’s shove these extra cheetos/doritos up there so I don’t have to carry them back to my truck”

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  8. Tim says:

    Would be interesting to see if after all the Cheetos sold out in A0, would people pay the 10 cent extra to get the Cheetos from B0, or would instead rather just get the Doritos for the same price from A2?

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