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Should Wikipedia articles present the prices of products?

Wikipedia has no specific policy on presenting prices of products. Historically Wikipedia has defaulted to not include prices because Wikipedia is not a directory.

There is other thought on the matter. It is not certain whether Wikipedia should present prices.


Wikipedia can report anything which third-party secondary sources report. Most prices come from either self-published sources or from directories or databases, and by Wikipedia policy, that is a reason to not include prices.

Some primary information from databases has always been included in Wikipedia, including the population of cities and various properties of chemicals. The rationale in these cases is that some amount of primary information is necessary for understanding the nature of a thing. If prices of products were included in Wikipedia routinely, then probably someone would have to make a persuasive argument that the price gave fundamental information about the nature of a thing.


Drug prices[edit]

In medical articles there has been discussion about whether a drug can be understood without knowing its price. There are arguments for both sides.

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