Posts Tagged ‘monopoly’

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    Coupon Economics

    Apr 16, 11 • 226 Views • No Comments

    When Starbucks raised its prices during the beginning of 2010, it lowered the price of a tall regular to $1.70. But, if you wanted a splash of foam, a shot of espresso, or a touch of flavor, the addition could be expensive. For a triple grande soy vanilla...  [read more]

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    Popcorn Margins

    Sep 28, 10 • 291 Views • No Comments

    Higher quality film? Better projectors? Online ticketing? No. The “most important technological innovation since sound” was the armrest cup holder (according to a movie theater owner). Please think about a cup holder. The cup holder makes huge...  [read more]

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    Pricing Airline Tickets

    Aug 27, 10 • 233 Views • No Comments

    During the 1970s, a ticket to fly between New York and Washington, D.C. cost $50 whereas one between Los Angeles and San Francisco-almost twice the distance-cost only $40.  Why? Before deregulation in 1978, the interstate airline industry was...  [read more]

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    Baseball Games and Airline Fares

    Jun 29, 10 • 231 Views • No Comments

    How much will the San Francisco Giants charge for a baseball ticket? It all depends on, “past ticket sales, the day and time of the game, the teams’ records, the pitching match-up, the weather, the going rate on resale Web sites like StubHub and...  [read more]

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    Can the Post Office Deliver?

    Jun 26, 10 • 237 Views • No Comments

    Having just read a Washington Post article about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), I started thinking about its future. But first, its past: While we have had postal services since the 1600s, Ben Franklin transformed the system. Appointed Deputy Postmaster for...  [read more]