Identifying relevant issues for cost averaging Cliff Corporation, offers mountain-climbing expeditions for its customers, providing food, equipment, and guides. Climbs normally require one week to complete. The company’s accountant is reviewing historical cost data to establish a pricing strategy for the coming year. The accountant has prepared the following table showing cost data for the most recent climb, the company’s average cost per year, and the five-year average cost.
Span of Time
Total cost of climbs (a)
Number of climbers (b)
Cost per climber (a b)
Write a memo that explains the potential advantages and disadvantages of using each of the per unit cost figures as a basis for establishing a price to charge climbers during the coming year. What other factors must be considered in developing a pricing strategy?