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LIFESTYLES: The opinions, activities, and interests that an individual expresses through his or her pattern of living. People tend to spend their time in certain ways and with certain types of people. These tendencies of interactions with others and utilization of time strongly affect many components of consumer behavior and subsequent decisions to purchase or not. Lifestyle patterns influence product needs, brand preferences, where people shop, and types of media that are effective to reach consumers.

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WHITE GULLIBON
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You are the type of person who tends to go along to get along and you get along when you go along. Family and friends often hit you up for loans. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time flipping through the yellow pages trying to buy either 500 feet of coaxial cable or a coffee cup commemorating the 1960 Presidential election. Be on the lookout for rusty deck screws. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter A, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 984546. Your preferred shopping venue is television shopping channels. Your special symbol is the minus sign (-).


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As a White Gullibon, you are extremely trusting but somewhat impressionable, seeing only the good in other people. You tend to be a bit naive in the wily ways of the marketplace and thus are often exploited by others, especially the Reg Aggressorine. Like it or not, you are the poster child for the phrase "let the buyer beware." You are empathetic to the plight of others, often to your own detriment.


This isn't me! What am I?
COLLUSION, EFFICIENCY

Colluding oligopolistic firms generally produce less output and charge a higher price than would be the case for a perfectly competitive industry. The efficiency of colluding oligopolistic firms is essentially the same as that for monopoly. In essence, colluding oligopolistic firms function just as if the market is a monopoly. The price charged by the colluding firms is higher than the marginal cost of production and the quantity is less. Most notably, price is greater than marginal, a violation of the key condition for efficiency.

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The Odds On GAMBLING

I'm sure there's a great philosopher somewhere who once uttered the words, "Life's a contradiction and we're all a bunch of hypocrites." Take me for example. Just this morning I walked by Smilin' Ted's All-Comers Insurance Agency to drop off my annual shoe insurance premium (for protection against blowouts), then made a pit stop at Master Sprocket's convenience store where I plopped down five dollars on five (count 'em, five) Super Luck-O Multi-State Lottery tickets. Within a space of two blocks and twenty minutes I bought $37.56 worth of shoe insurance to avoid risk and then spent another $5 to take on some risk. Am I a walking contradiction, or what?
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