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Revenue Management Without Commitment: Dynamic Pricing and Periodic Flash Sales

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  • Francesc Dilmé
  • Fei Li

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A seller has a fixed number of goods to sell by a deadline. At each time, he posts a regular price and decides whether to hold a flash sale. Over time, buyers privately enter the market and strategically time their purchases. If a buyer does not purchase when she arrives, she can pay an attention cost to recheck the regular price afterwards, or she can wait for future flash sales where she may obtain a good at a discounted price. In the unique Markov perfect equilibrium, the seller sporadically holds flash sales to lower the stock of goods. A flash sale increases the willingness to pay of future buyers, but decreases the willingness to pay of buyers who arrive early in the game. When it is very likely that a buyer will obtain a good in a flash sale, the seller holds a 'big' initial flash sale for all but one unit of the good.

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  • Francesc Dilmé & Fei Li, 2019. "Revenue Management Without Commitment: Dynamic Pricing and Periodic Flash Sales," CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper Series crctr224_2019_083, University of Bonn and University of Mannheim, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:bon:boncrc:crctr224_2019_083
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    Keywords

    revenue management; commitment power; dynamic pricing; flash sales; inattention frictions;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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