Pete’s Pet Products is a sole proprietorship owned by Pete Thompson. The store provides a full-line of pet products, including food, grooming materials, toys, leashes, etc. The company also sells hand made pet houses, including dog houses, bird cages, and cat castles. Each of the pet houses is being evaluated in terms of cost-volume-profit. See the relevant information below:

Dog house

Bird cage

Cat castle

Sales Price




Variable cost




Fixed monthly cost




When Pete uses a distributor to sell additional pet houses, he has to pay a sales commission of 8% of the sales price. On average, he sells 60% of each pet house through distributors. The fixed costs (shown above) are based on estimated design time for each product. Pete’s store averages $32,000 of fixed costs per month.

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Based on the information presented above, please answer the following questions. Use Excel for this assignment. Complete your calculations using the Excel features and simply type in narrative answers.

Calculate the contribution margin for each pet house. Ignore the sales commission for this computation.

Calculate the monthly break-even units for each pet house. Ignore the sales commission for this computation.

. Assuming that Pete plans to sell 750 dog houses, 335 bird cages, and 640 cat castles (60% through distributors), prepare a contribution margin income statement based on these sales volumes. Include sales, each type of variable cost (including sales commission), and fixed costs.

Assuming the distributors decide to ask for a 12% commission on each pet product, compute how much Pete will have to reduce his other costs to make up for this. Are there other counter proposals Pete could suggest?

. Based on fierce competition from a rival store named Fran’s Fuzzy Friends, Pete has decided to decrease his selling price for a dog house by 10%. He has also decided to pay a local celebrity $2,000 a month to promote his store. This cost will be allocated only to the dog houses. Recalculate the dog house break-even point given this new information. Ignore sales commission for this computation.

Pete was recently asked to submit a bid for a new customer who is interested in purchasing 450 dog houses, 250 bird cages, and 550 cat castles to stock his newly opened store in another state. What factors would impact Pete’s bid to the new customer? What happens if a competitor’s bid comes in lower than what Pete can offer? Would you recommend Pete drop the selling price rather than lose the opportunity? Why or why not? Explain how much he can afford to drop the price.