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Pricing Meat and Other Items with Variable Weights

Meat, poultry, fish, cheese and other products are traditionally priced by the pound. Buyers pay different prices according to the specific weight of their cut.

But when pre-paying on Local Orbit, it is impossible to predict the weight of such items. Charging an average price isn't ideal either.

At Local Orbit, we have worked with growers to create a system that is fair to everyone:

  1. Determine the typical weight range of the item you are selling. A lamb, for instance, can be anywhere from 40-50 lbs.
  2. Charge the maximum amount for a lamb, and list the price per pound in your product's description. In our example, you would charge $150 for a lamb and explain in the description that it is $3 per pound and can range from 40-50 lbs.
  3. The customer pays the full $150.
  4. On delivery day, record the specific weight of your item by dividing the weight of your item by the quantity delivered. In this case 40 pounds/50 pounds =.8 Enter this as the quantity delivered and click update the quantity.
  5. The seller will be paid for your 40 pounds of lamb. The customer will receive a refund for $30.
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