I’ve had a lot of discussion on here about the pricing of Soylent. I’ve argued that Soylent is too expensive (I’m from Wisconsin) while many have argued that it’s not (and they are mainly from California it seems). I have very little doubt that our difference in opinion comes from regional value of money. I propose that Soylent should switch over to regional pricing so that the Californians can continue to get the pricing they are already happy with, while Soylent can also bring in the more central part of the USA.
To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here are the values (per $100) in each state (data from April 24, 2014): http://taxfoundation.org/blog/real-value-100-each-state
You have to think a bit backwards. The higher the value is, the cheaper the product should be. As I stated, I live in Wisconsin. The value per $100 is $107.64 (meaning if you spend $100 in Wisconsin, you actually get $107.64 worth of product). California’s worth is $88.57. The difference here is $19.07. This means that if something (such as Soylent) costs a Californian and Wisconsinite the same amount, the Wisconsinite is effectively paying 19.07% more. (That is pretty gigantic if you ask me.)
Right now, if a Californian and Wisconsinite both subscribe to go on Soylent for 112 meals (28 bags) per month, it costs $280/mo. ($340 for a single purchase). That’s $3,360/year ($4,080/year with single purchases each month). When we adjust this to see how much more the Wisconsinite is paying than the Californian, the difference comes to about $53.94 more for the Wisconsinite per mo. with the subscription, which is about $640.75 more per year for the Wisconsinite. That 28 bag purchase for a month’s supply as a single purchase comes to about $64.84 more for the Wisconsinite.
I want to point out that I did not pick the highest and lowest. I picked where I lived compared to where most people seem to be on the forums. If we want to pick the highest and lowest, Washington DC comes in at $84.60 while Mississippi comes in at $115.74. The difference here is 31.14%. This means that someone from Mississippi is paying around $87.19/mo. more than someone from Washington DC for that 28 bag shipment of powdered Soylent, which comes to a total of $1,046.34 per year. Soylent needs regional pricing badly.
EDIT: Any word on if this is possible? @Conor