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Right price in terms of Cost price to Selling Price

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We are dealing in the products that is totally based on utiliy price. We sell our product at the price of 3 to 4 times higher then our cost price. When  we offer our product at a lesser price then our consumer  consider the same product as of inferior quality and they abstain from buying product from us. Please advise me acording to islamic rules & regulation what should be the right price in terms of our cost price to sell price. 


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Right price in terms of Cost price to Selling Price

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On most items or products, there is absolutely no limit in Shariah to the percentage of profit a trader may take on his goods. If the product is unique, and the trader thinks that he might be able to offer his product at even 100 times his cost price, there is no harm in his taking these profits.


What Islam guides against is taking advantage of people at their times of severe need, and charging them a superficially high price for indispensable products, like food during a famine, or a particular medicine, etc. It is forbidden for a trader to hoard indispensable products like food during a famine, or hoard these indispensable products with the intention to monopolize them and extort a superficially high price for them when none is available in the market. But on most products which are dispensable and non-monopolyistic in nature, one may charge any amount of profit one wishes.


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