loss leader


Definition of loss leader 

: something (such as merchandise) sold at a loss in order to draw customers

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Other Words from loss leader

loss-leader \ ˈlȯs-​ˈlē-​dər \ adjective

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But Lowe and company see movie tickets as a loss leader to round up consumers—particularly young consumers. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "How Two Million People Loved MoviePass Nearly to Death," 16 May 2018 The Red Sox/Yankees game is likely to be a loss leader. The Economist, "Major League Baseball makes a pitch to Britain," 10 May 2018 Nonetheless, Spotify still faces tough challenges ahead, including but not limited to competition from international streaming players and from big tech's deep pockets that can afford to leverage music as a marketing loss leader. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "As Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growth, More VC & Finance Veterans Move In," 4 Apr. 2018 So, think of pennies and nickels as the Mint’s loss leader. WSJ, "Should the U.S. Retire the Penny and Nickel?," 18 Mar. 2018 In the end, though, parents could buy the exact same playthings at rivals like Walmart and Target and Amazon, which sometimes used the hottest toys as loss leaders while making it back on their huge array of household goods and groceries. Bloomberg.com, "Toys ‘R’ Us Files to Shut Down Its U.S. Operations," 15 Mar. 2018 Even the sale of the Japanese chain for $120 million couldn't stop the bleeding as, in addition to debt, loss leader pricing from big box stores, digital piracy and the debut of iTunes all weighed in on Tower’s problems. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Russ Solomon, Tower Records Founder, Dies at 92," 5 Mar. 2018 The Roasteries could perhaps be justified as loss leaders for their hagiographic treatment of coffee and the Starbucks brand – particularly its championing of small-farm, small-batch single origin coffees. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "Starbucks wants people to linger over a cocktail at Reserve stores," 28 Feb. 2018 The other change is a move away from using the poinsettia as a loss leader. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?," 15 Dec. 2017

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of loss leader

business : a product that is sold for less than it is worth in order to attract customers

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Legal Definition of loss leader 

: something (as merchandise) sold at a loss in order to draw customers

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