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E-Commerce Repricing Strategies

Getting your pricing strategy right is one of the most important parts of selling online, where prices are changing constantly and really dynamic. In order to not being behind of the competition and having a healthier bottom line, you have to adapt your online business to that price competition depending on different scenarios. But, doing it in a smart way will be a definite game changer. To achieve that you’ll need a solid e-commerce repricing strategy and also a proper competitive intelligence tool which will help you to generate smart prices for repricing strategies.

In this article, we’ll show you various and common e-commerce pricing strategies and scenarios that you can face in the industry. Related to these scenarios, you will see some repricing rules which you can generate from competitor intelligence software.

Before diving into e-commerce repricing strategies and scenarios, I would like to make two quick reminders. Firstly, repricing does not always mean running for the bottom and being always the cheapest in the market! Of course being competitive, in terms of price, will help you to lift up your sales but the philosophy under the repricing is encouraging sellers to increase their prices when the circumstances are right and finding the best opportunity. So, while applying repricing rules, you have to have an opportunist and data-driven mindset.

Second, you have to know all your costs. As, when you set up the repricing rules, you’ll be required to enter a minimum price for your listings. Even if you’re repricing manually, this is a must. Consider all your costs and note the minimum price that you’re prepared to sell your product at so you’re making a profit. If you leave your costs alone and just focus on price, your business is doomed to die!

Scenario 1: Being the most competitive one in the market and still holding the profitability.

This scenario is for e-commerce retailers who aim to be most competitive in the market but also don’t ignore their costs and hold their profit margin at a desirable level.

The applicable repricing rule for this strategy.

PS: We’ve set the numbers randomly in order to be more clear for all types of rules at below. Of course, you can set the numbers depending on your goal and strategy;

This strategy is best;

  • If you aim to sell as many products as possible.
  • If you diminish the excess inventory products.
  • If you want to be at the top of price comparison engines.

Drawbacks of this strategy:

  • It is easily applicable. One of your competitors can easily set the price below of yours’.
  • You won’t get fattened revenues.

Scenario 2: Competing with the Key Competitor

This is a scenario where you have a key competitor selling the same or similar goods in the market and you are always in price competition with that specific rival. Also, this scenario fits well where the target consumer group is price-sensitive.

At below, two different repricing rules to compete automatically with your key competitors.


This strategy is best;

  • If you have a specific competitor that selling similar or same products in a certain vertical.
  • If you have a specific competitor that dominates the market.
  • If you have a specific competitor that steal from your visitors/customers.
  • If the competitor has a promotion on their products (either a discount or gift). Then you have a chance to respond the promotional activities of your specific competitor through repricing.

Drawbacks of this strategy:

  • It is easily applicable. The key competitor can easily set the price below of yours’.
  • You increase the chance of missing the general competition.
  • Your profit margins may decrease if you find yourself into a fierce price war with that specific competitor.


Scenario 3: Premium Pricing Scenario

If you are running a premium brand or selling luxury products, you have to be really careful about your prices and analyze the perception of your target group. The reason of purchasing premium products is not only about functional benefits but also satisfying emotions. So, in that scenario, you should keep your brand value at the desired level and keep customers loyal to your products. Being cheaper or competitive in luxury industry may not help to increase your sales. On the contrary, it will harm your brand value.

So, as a high-end brand, it would be better to set prices higher and make feel the core audience valuable and loyal. Customers have a tendency to view their products as more prestigious and, as a result, more desirable. The assumption is that a high price indicates that the product quality is high as well.

In order to eliminate the risk of harming brand value, we show you multiple e-commerce repricing strategies at below.

This strategy is best;

  • If you are running a premium brand or selling luxury products.
  • If your customers are not price-sensitive and loyal to your brand or products.
  • If you aim to acquire big revenues.

Drawbacks of this strategy:

  • As your prices are really high, you won’t cover every type of customers
  • If you are new in the market, there may be a problem of making initial sales.


Scenario 4: Cost Oriented 

Cost-based pricing is simply adding a certain percentage or amount of markup to your products’ internal costs to find your prices. This is the simplest methods among different pricing strategies to find which level a product. It is preferred by e-commerce companies who have a goal of keeping their financial health at an optimum level.

Generally, e-commerce companies or suppliers who manufacture their own products should adapt cost-oriented pricing and reprice its online prices depending on the changes of the costs.

For the repricing rules, the costs should be the first variant that should be taken into account. So, here some repricing rules set by e-commerce retailers to enhance their cost-based pricing strategies.

In the first rule, there is a slight concern of competition but the price competition is ignored at the second rule.

This strategy is best;

  • A straightforward and applicable pricing strategy.
  • If the company manufactures its own products.
  • If the costs are so flexible and vary from time to time.
  • Ensures a steady and consistent rate of profit generation.

Drawbacks of this strategy:

  • May lead to underpriced products.
  • Competiton is ignored. In a competitive market, cost-based pricing may have difficulties to compete with competitors with a lower price.
  • Steady prices – ignoring the competition and consumer analysis willing to pay – will lead to decrease in conversion rates.


Scenario 5: Category Based Competitive Pricing 

This is a common scenario where a general retailer competes with a competitor in a specific category. To be more clear;

Let’s say there are two different retailers competing in the same category;

1- The first retailer named “General E-Commerce Retailer” is selling all types of products from almost every category. ( active in Computer & Laptops, Books, Gaming, Home & Kitchen, Toys, Fashion, Sport, Camping, the list goes on…)

2- The second retailer named “Camping Vibes E-Commerce Retailer” is specialized in camping goods vertical and just sells camping products. The company has average prices.

Then, imagine that these retailers are competing harshly in camping market in terms of price. To get advantage of repricing technology and find the most optimal price, the rule for General E-Commerce Retailer at below can be set;

Scenario 6: Brand Based Competitive Pricing 

Another common and last (for now) scenario that can be seen in price competition is happening between suppliers and general e-commerce retailers. Suppliers or brands should have a solid pricing strategy towards resellers to keep up their brand value and have margins at a healthy level. As we did on Category Based Competitive Pricing, here a generic example.

This time we have one brand and other online marketplaces in the scenario.

1- The supplier named “Great Shoe Brand” manufactures its own sports shoes and has a great penetration in the online market. “Great Shoe Brand” sports shoes can be found in both its own online store and other online marketplaces.

2- Other online marketplaces are so enthusiastic to sell “Great Shoe Brand” sports shoes and imagine there is a huge competition for that specific brand.

In that scenario, Great Shoe Brand should generate some repricing strategies according to its policy to lift up its sales. There may be two different approaches for that case. Great Shoe Brand can show its own identity as premium and increase its own value by setting higher prices for sports shoes or the brand can increase its own online store sales and awareness among shopping areas by setting competitive prices.

Here two different e-commerce repricing strategies for Great Shoe Brand;


To sum up, with these different repricing scenarios, you are able to compete better with your competitors. The smartest way to use repricing is through competitor pricing intelligence software like Prisync. By getting rid of manual calculation, the responding speed towards your competitors’ pricing move will amazingly increase. With Prisync’s Dynamic Pricing Module, you can apply every single of these repricing rules and find your SmartPrices for your products.