At 21:16 00-07-08, you wrote:
Related question: Why no free re-fills in Europe?
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It depends what you re-fill. If you have dinner in a Paris "Bistrot roman" (a chain of upper middle class fast food) and you take the smoked salmon, they will re-fill you as much as you want. Same with their chocolate pudding. If my previous hypethesis is true, this would mean that there is, in Paris, a large clientèle with an elastic demand for smoked salmon, and a small clientèle with a low, non-elastic demand. You want to price discriminate against the former, but not chase away the latter.

Interestingly, the Bistrot romain serves very thin slices of smoked salmon, which they re-fill at will. There is no point to give customers more than they would be willing to pay for.



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