In our post A Cooperative Economy we argued that shops with numerous “anonymous” customers are not well suited to be run as consumer cooperatives. A consumer cooperative is a business owned and democratically by its consumers. It’s clear that the anonymity of customers, is a s problem for running a consumer cooperative.
One way to solve this problem, is to restrict access to these shops to members of the cooperative. But this seems to be an inferior solution. Could we design a more satisfying solution?
Most companies handle markup pricing, which is determining prices by adding a markup to the costs of production. An an example: a shop owner buys apples from a farmer for 5 Stella per kilogram, and he sells it for 6 Stella per kilogram in his shop. In this case the cost of production is 5 Stella, and the markup is equal to 1 Stella.
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