growing up, i used to be think there was a conspiracy that i was so often drawn to the most expensive item within reach. a very impractical 6th sense. i liked to think that i was drawn to the quality. as an adult shopper, with more than accumulated babysitting earnings to splurge with, i have come to appreciate that a high price tag does not, for better or worse, guarantee quality, nor does it ensure satisfaction.
a friend recently complained about a $150 t-shirt she saw. with a cotton t-shirt, as with all things, factored into the mark-up is what a customer is willing to pay. the item with the greatest appeal carries with it the higher cost. while appeal is subjective, quality is not. yet i have seen great price disparities where quality is actually superior in the less expensive item. no question about it, production costs are a big factor, but i think so is the x factor that seems to create demand.
is there any way to guess, among each pairing, which item would have the higher price, without knowing the store, the target customer, the brand or the quality?