This paper shows that the Name-Your-Own-Price (NYOP) business model can help soften competition. When consumers differ in their frictional costs (i.e., the shopping hassle) they experience when bidding at an NYOP retailer, the NYOP format can be a mechanism for differentiating a retailer from a posted-price rival. Beyond providing a motivation for using an NYOP mechanism, competition also has important implications for the optimal structure of the NYOP format. For example, this paper shows that prohibiting rebidding may benefit an NYOP firm by reducing price rivalry.
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- Business and International Management
- Economics and Econometrics