Tren Griffin @trengriffin I work for Microsoft. Previously I was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm established by Craig McCaw. I am on the board of directors of Kymeta. Oct. 19, 2019 1 min read

I'm part of a charity event on Monday. How should I price each of my donated of jars of berry freezer jam? Fixed price? Auction?

Making jam helps me feel close to my mother who suffers from Parkinson's. I make jam after dinner. This is just some of what I made this summer.

25iQuiz: Are non-labor production costs related to each jar of jam relevant to the pricing decision? Assuming a quart jar of jam roughly:

Pectin $.75
Bakers Sugar: $1
Lemon: $.50
Berries: $3
Jar: $.75

Or are supply and demand the only factors that matter in setting price?

Why not use a Dutch Auction to price the jam?  Auction begins with a high asking price and it is gradually reduced until someone accepts the price.

Whatever a person pays for a jar is 100% matched. $25 paid for jam means the food bank gets $50 in cash.

"Well the open-outcry auction is made to turn the brain into mush: you've got social proof, the other guy is bidding, you get reciprocation tendency, you get deprival super-reaction syndrome, the thing is going away." Charlie Munger

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