okiebp wrote:I never understood the reasoning behind paying $9 for a salad.
The price breakdown for that salad goes something like this:
$2.00 for the ingredients
$1.25 for the table rental
$0.75 staffs labor charge – she is cute, she's worth it
$1.00 cost to maintain the restaurant's cuteness factor. A necessity in order to attract people with large amounts of expendable income. Part of the reason people who are willing to pay $9.00 for a salad is its symbolic signal of status. They aren't here to eat a salad, they are here to eat a $9.00 salad
with other status oriented people. *They aren't here to eat amongst those who are unwilling or unable to spend that kind of money on lettuce and tomatoes.*$4.00 profit
The restaurant is
a business, not a social advocacy front. Even though they will market that to those who want to hear they are eating their way to saving *those they aren't interested in being around in the first place.*
Usually what you will here from the people who willingly spend this kind of money on a prepared salad is "they are supporting their community." I guess part of that profit margin holds a guilt premium or something. If you bought all the same ingredients from the COOP, who in turn got their produce from some guy in Cambridge WI (maybe lettuce from Cambridge MA is more important?) and made the salad yourself, I guess that's not community oriented enough.