Price Decimals on eCommerce Site

About a third of products do not have rounded numbers (\$80.00).

Should I display decimals for them?

I am hesitant between keeping a consistent experience \$143.99, \$80.00, \$23.12

and reducing the noise: \$143.99, \$80, \$23.12

• Do you have a screenshot of the page? Are the prices lined up vertically so that it could be confusing if some had decimal and some didn't? Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 1:31

So you have two questions.

1. Should I display decimals for non round numbers, like 143.99 or 23.12?
2. Should I use .00 for numbers with no significative decimal part, like 80.00?

For the first question, yes you have to show the whole price, doesn't matter how much is the decimal part, it's part of the price, so it has to be visible.

For the second part, it a matter of opinion, at least if we are talking about numbers in text or paragraphs. Some people prefer to use .00, some people don't. Consistency says use it, readability says don't. So it's up to you.

If the numbers are in a vertical arrangement, them both answers are a categorical yes.

There isn't really a wrong or right choice here.

• You could keep it consistent yes by showing two decimal zeroes.

• You could reduce noise by removing it, but still keep slight consistency by playing around with the position of the decimals.

• You could also replace the decimals with a dash.

• Good ideas for alternatives! Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 9:38

I would recommend keeping it consistent. You're not really reducing noise by dropping off the cents. If anything I would say you're creating noise by dropping the cents. The reason is because when I look at this list of numbers:

\$143.99, \$80.00, \$23.12

I'm able to easily scan it. You're allowing me to develop a pattern for quickly scanning through the information and identify the information more easily.

If you show me these numbers instead:

\$143.99, \$80, \$23.12

Now I have to stop my scanning and process why one of these numbers are different. It throws off my rhythm. Now I have to go back and re-read it again paying closer attention.

In the end it always better to have similarly formatted content whenever possible.