Ever since I wrote a post on price discrimination, I've noticed more and more examples of it in my own day-to-day. My circle's favorite lunch buffet in Kigali, for example, just instituted a new three tier price system depending on what food one scoops up: the first tier is salad only, the second tier is everything except fish, and the third tier is all-inclusive. This new scheme is not clearly advertised, however, and the waitstaff will usually default charge the full price. Only regulars or other keen customers will recognize the mistake and have the bill corrected (having a three-tiered pricing also allows for market segmentation and, one would guess, higher profits). Another example I came across on my recent holiday trip to Nairobi. Many of the touristy-places in and around the city had signs like these:
I'm charged 7 times more just because I'm from a different country!?! How blatant!
What's especially intriguing about this example is that while most forms of price discrimination irritate customers if discovered, this one is benign and blasé. Somehow it just seems fair that locals get a better deal, particularly since they're probably poorer than foreign tourists. When this is true, there's no need to be coy or obfuscatory about what's happening.
I've put some thought into finding other examples where price discrimination occurs in plain sight because it's congruous to a sense of fairness, but so far I've drawn a blank. Might readers be able to?