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OLIGOPOLY CHARACTERISTICS: The three most important characteristics of oligopoly are: (1) an industry dominated by a small number of large firms, (2) firms sell either identical or differentiated products, and (3) the industry has significant barriers to entry.

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PINK FADFLY
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who would just as soon be at a Paris fashion show as any place else on Earth. Family and friends are often forced to shade their eyes when you enter a room, because your look is always dazzling. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time searching for a specialty store seeking to buy either a pair of handcrafted oven mitts or a coffee table shaped like the state of Florida. Be on the lookout for fairy dust that tastes like salt. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter H, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 021447. Your preferred shopping venue is high-end specialty stores. Your special symbol is the forward slash (/).


Is this You?

As a Pink Fadfly, you flutter from store to store, from product to product, looking for the latest fashions. You are the trend-setter and at the forefront of all fads. If it's new, if it's trendy, if it's on the cutting edge, you are there. Price is not important. Quality is not a prime consideration. For you it's not a matter of form over function or style over substance. The latest trend trumps all.


This isn't me! What am I?
ECONOMIES OF SCALE

Declining long-run average cost that occurs as a firm increases all inputs and expands its scale of production. Economies of scale result from increasing returns to scale and are graphically illustrated by a negatively-sloped long-run average cost curve. Economies of scale usually occur for relatively small levels of production and are then overwhelmed by diseconomies of scale for relatively large production levels. Together, economies of scale and diseconomies of scale create a U-shaped long-run average cost curve.

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Stealing A Few Moments For CRIME

Like most consumers, workers, and taxpayers, I engage in market exchanges for a lot of stuff -- food, labor, shelter, entertainment, confectionery products. But as I wandered through the peaceful community of Shady Valley, U. S. of A., I entered a "market" that I would have rather avoided. That's right, as the title indicates, I exchange some crime. I was mugged -- relieved of several valuable possessions -- right in front of the Shady Valley police station. I did the selling and my mugger did the "buying." While my part in the exchange was involuntary, the mugger's part was quite voluntary. In fact, the perpetrator of this crime acted much like any consumer headed to Natural Ned's Nursery and Garden Center in search of a creeping juniper. Let's see why?
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Cyrus McCormick not only invented the reaper for harvesting grain, he also invented the installment payment for selling his reaper.
"I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average."

-- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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