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November 23, 2021 at 6:17 pm
Sir I’m giving three papers in December any tips for me as my papers are on three consecutive days.
April 9, 2021 at 12:07 am
can you please elaborate a little more on perishability?
Am I right if I say perishability implies that services cannot be inventoried for future use?
A further question I want to ask is as you also are providing a service through your vids but here we can store these videos for future use, I mean you don’t need to deliver the videos every time a student requires them so how the concept of perishability applies here?
John Moffat says
April 9, 2021 at 7:39 am
Yes – perishability means they are not stored before deliver to the customer.
Our videos are not perishable in that as you say they are stored by us. We are not saying that target costing can never be used for service businesses but simply that it is more difficult (and not always possible) because of things like perishability.
November 4, 2020 at 6:13 am
Thank you sir, it is interest listen your lectures
July 1, 2020 at 4:14 am
Hello sir, I’m giving my 3rd attempt for pm exam this September . Please could you help me and guide me how to study so that this time I pass.
July 1, 2020 at 9:03 am
Watch all of our free lectures and then practice every question in your Revision Kit. If you have any problems with either then do ask in the Ask the Tutor Forum 🙂
July 11, 2020 at 3:11 pm
Thank you so much Sir
January 22, 2020 at 11:09 pm
Hi sir , could you please explain more on the 5 major characteristics that distinguish services from manufacturing. Thank you
January 23, 2020 at 6:50 am
What more explanation do you want? I explain in the lecture what is needed for the exam, with examples.
January 15, 2020 at 7:09 pm
Why does this chapter not include the learning curve. I had a question based on target costing. But had a question also about the learning curve. Does this come later?
January 23, 2020 at 6:49 am
Learning curves are explained in Chapter 12 of our free lecture notes and the lectures that go with it. They are a separate topic from target costing but questions in the exam can examine more that one topic in the same question.
May 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm
what are the implications of target costing
April 14, 2019 at 6:11 am
hello,i wanna know that whats the meaning of the transfer of ownership?
April 14, 2019 at 10:00 am
If I own a tangible object and sell it to you, then you now own it. Ownership has been transferred from me to you.
March 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm
Just a question on one of the possible ways you have mentioned in the lecture of attempting to close the target cost gap.
“Re-examine the design of the product”.
Isn’t it when market research was done to obtain a selling price, a product prototype was already made for the public to view & comment on a price they are willing to buy it for.
Thus, product specifications should not be adjusted in attempting to close the target cost gap.
Does your statement of re-examine the design of the product mean the product specifications?
I’m confused on this matter.
March 23, 2019 at 4:12 pm
It is extremely unlikely that a prototype will have been shown to the public.
When the first ever iPhone was created, none of the public had seen it before it went on sale and nor did they know the specifications until it went on sale. Apple decided how much they thought they could realistically charge for it, then decided the maximum that the cost could be in order to make the profit margin that they wanted. They initially were going to have more features (such as a front-facing camera which the first iPhone didn’t have) but they stripped out some features so as to reduce the cost.
January 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm
Thanks for your detailed explanation. Perfectly understood.
December 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm
Thank you for these lectures John. Does it ever happen that the % profit required is reduced in order to address the cost gap? I’m thinking that it may not always be preferable to redesign or look for cheaper materials. Also, is the profit required generally calculated based on the value of materials/inputs or is it unrelated?
December 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm
They may well decide to go for a lower profit margin, but that is not really the object of the exercise. The intention is always to try and find ways of reducing costs.
Profit is generally calculated on all production costs.
October 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm
They start buy determining a realistic selling price by looking, for example, at the competition, and deciding what the most they can expect customers to be prepared to pay.
They are certainly ‘allowed’ to decide on a higher price, but the danger then is that they might end up with no demand.
October 2, 2018 at 9:09 am
Thank you. Closing the cost gap is all about looking for ways to reduce costs but not compromising the quality of the product more so with labour and materials needed for product design and production. John is seems that the target cost is like a standard cost. Is increasing the selling price a viable option to close the cost gap and if not why?
August 6, 2019 at 11:05 am
I think because the topic is related to cost not profit. Basically, the main aim of target costing is to reduce the cost first and foremost so it will always be the first priority to find measures to reduce cost rather than increase the selling price. Because if you increase the selling price, it’s very unlikely that consumers will pay a higher price for a new product when a similar product is selling at a lower price.
August 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm
You are correct. Certainly, if they are not able to find ways of reducing costs they may consider making a lower profit or increasing the selling price, but for the reasons you state increasing the selling price is unlikely to be a realistic option.
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