project part i:
when shopping you often
gather comparison data to get the best deal. consider buying pizza.
these are just some of
the questions you may want to consider when buying pizza:
what is the best pizza deal in your area?
how do you conduct comparative shopping when different pizza
stores have different size pans?
are prices for some large pizzas for a particular store
proportional to the amount of pizza for each size?
does any combination of two pan sizes give a better buy than a
larger pan size?
is pizza available in any shape besides circles? if so, what are
the advantages and disadvantages of these shapes from a marketing viewpoint?
from a consumer
viewpoint, collect data from two of your favorite pizza restaurants in the
following four areas:
collect statistics in
· pan sizes
· topping options
to begin your research, answer the following
compare cost per square inch of pizza for each pan size offered by
compare cost per square inch of pizza with customer-chosen
toppings versus store established combinations of toppings.
compare cost per square inch of pizza for small, medium, and large
pizzas for these two restaurants.
use the following formulas:
area of circle: <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" />
<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> which is pi x radius x radius
area of a rectangle: which
is length x width
project part ii:
you often use the idea
and practice of comparing cost and value before you actually shop in order to
attain the best deal and pricing on products and services. generally, you use
this technique for buying occasional, big ticket items. think about your
process of comparison shopping and what you find to be the best approach for
getting a good deal. write a reflective essay that addresses your process of
comparison shopping and how successful you have been.
in your reflective
essay, you will address the following issues, so begin by reading through this
list of questions and take notes on what you come up with.
money saving deals
think about the best deals you have had in the past and reflect on
the factors that contributed to finding that deal.
how would you describe your overall ability to compare cost and
process of comparing
cost and value
what steps did you take to acquire the largest amount of savings?
what steps do you feel someone should take each day in order to
save money while shopping?
pros and cons of
the desire to save money seems like human nature. after all, who
wants to spend more if they do not have to? other than saving money, what other
pros are associated with comparison shopping?
finding money saving deals can be time consuming. this would be
considered a con of comparison shopping. what other cons are associated with
now that you have
thought through these questions and taken notes, it is time for you to draft
your reflective essay. every piece of writing should have an introduction,
body, and conclusion. a good way to plan this particular reflective essay is to
first write an introduction to the essay. next, write at least three body
paragraphs: one paragraph that focuses on your ability to comparison shop, one
that focuses on your process of comparing cost and value, and one paragraph on
what you feel are the pros and cons of comparison shopping. finally, add a
conclusion paragraph to your essay where you can reiterate an important point
about how you saved money while comparison shopping and how this skill can aid
you for the rest of your life.