Paying for a Chance to Save Money: Two-Part Tariffs in Name-Your-Own-Price Markets
Paying for a Chance to Save Money: Two-Part Tariffs in Name-Your-Own-Price Markets Prior theoretical research has shown that a Name-Your-Own-Price (NYOP) seller can profit from charging each prospective buyer a non-refundable fee for the opportunity to place a bid, akin to an entry fee to the seller's store. We examine the profitability of such two-part tariffs in NYOP markets using incentive-compatible laboratory experiments. Our results show that a two-part tariff can be profitable for a NYOP seller, but the profitability is strongly moderated by the buyers' ability to jointly optimize their entry and bidding decisions. We find that when buyers are provided with a decision aid that partly offsets their cognitive limitations by calculating the payoff consequences of different candidate bids, the profitability of using a two-part tariff vanishes. Overall, our results suggest two-part tariffs increase NYOP profit in a standard information-poor setting in the short run, but they are not as profitable as theory would suggest when the bidders get more information or experience.
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