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SECOND RULE OF SUBJECTIVITY: The second of seven basic rules of the economy. It is the notion that market prices are ultimately determined by subjective values and preferences of buyers and resource owners. While regular, everyday consumers are prone to accept the prices "set" by retail stores and other sellers as etched in stone (perhaps along with the Biblical ten commandments), such is not the case. The price of a product depends on two things, demand (especially the demand price that buyers are willing to pay) and supply (especially the supply price that sellers are willing to accept). Both, I repeat both, are subjectively determined. By subjective, I mean they are based on the values, beliefs, tastes, and preferences of people.

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BUYERS' MARKET:

A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market that has a surplus or excess supply. Because the quantity supplied is greater than the quantity demanded, buyers have the "upper hand" when negotiating. A market surplus also goes by the more common term of buyers' market. The alternative to a buyers' market is a sellers' market, which has a shortage or excess demand.
A buyers' market exists because the quantity supplied by the sellers exceeds the quantity demanded by the buyers... at a given market price. In this situation, sellers are seeking to sell more of the good than buyers are willing to buy, hence buyers can pick and choose the goods purchased from the sellers. Sellers are lucky to find someone willing and able to purchase their good.

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A buyers' market is illustrated by the market for 8-track tapes displayed in this exhibit. This graph was generated with data from the 88th Annual Trackmania 8-Track Tape Collectors Convention at the Shady Valley Exposition Center.

At the existing market price of 70 cents, buyers have the "upper hand" in this market due to the excess supply of 8-track tapes. This surplus is indicated as the difference between the quantity supplied and the quantity demanded at the designated market price. In particular, the 70-cent price generates a quantity supplied of 600 tapes and a quantity demanded of 200 tapes. Sellers are willing and able to sell 400 tapes more than buyers are willing and able to buy. This excess supply of 400 tapes is what gives the buyers the upper hand.

Note that a buyers' market does not mean the lack of competition among demanders have given some buyers market control. A buyers' market is a competitive market that simply has a temporary imbalance between the quantity demanded by the buyers and the quantity supplied by the sellers. A change in the market price eliminates the buyers' market, and could possibly even create a sellers' market.

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Check Out These Related Terms...

     | sellers' market | excess supply | excess demand | shortage | market disequilibrium | disequilibrium price |


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     | surplus | market | equilibrium | market equilibrium | equilibrium price | equilibrium quantity | competition | market clearing | voluntary exchange |


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