I'm creating an application where customers can buy things. For some things they are charged based on the quantity of things they buy, but for others they are based on the total weight of the things they buy. Is there some specific term, single word or few words, that succintly describes the way in which something will be charged? For example: "The _____ for this product is the total weight of items." or even just "_____: weight".

I'm actually still unsure whether this word or term will be used in the user interface, but it will definitely be needed in the API of the application, as in there will be a method named something like get[TERM_OR_PHRASE] that will return either "weight" or "quantity".

Edit: For what it's worth, I'm Finnish, and in Finnish the word I'd use is hinnoitteluperuste, but no web dictionary seems to find any translation for it.

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    'Sold by weight' is the idiomatic descriptor for the obvious situation. 'Sold by number' is also used, though a little less commonly. Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 11:30
  • @EdwinAshworth Alright, thanks, that would fill my middle slot nicely. But for an API a "getSoldBy" (or "getChargedBy") still sounds clunky, doesn't it?
    – ZeroOne
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 11:33
  • No less clunky than getHinnoitteluperuste, I think! Is that a compound word? If so, could you provide a literal translation of each constituent part?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 11:38
  • @AndrewLeach, sure, it's hinnoittelu + peruste, where "hinnoittelu" = "act of setting price" and "peruste" = "grounds" or "basis" or "reason".
    – ZeroOne
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 11:43
  • English doesn't have compound words like that, but we could easily say "method of pricing", or even "pricing method", or just pricing. "The pricing for this item is based on weight"
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 11:45

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I went with pricing method as suggested by Andrew Leach in the comments.

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