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TRANS-SHIPMENT POINT: A location that serves as a change from one transportation mode to another, such as from boat to train or truck to plane. Location theory indicates that trans-shipment points serve as a point of attraction for economic activity by virtue of saving terminal (load and unloading) cost. This indicates why harbors, interstate highway exits, railroad depots, and similar off-one-mode-onto-another-mode have historical emerged as economic centers.

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BUYERS' MARKET: A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market that has a surplus, such that buyers are able to force the price down. Note that a buyers' market does not mean that a lack of competition among demanders have given 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. The buyers' market phrase is commonly used (mainly by real world noneconomist types) to describe a surplus in real estate or housing markets. It's also commonly used when describing assorted financial markets. You might want to examine the opposite of a buyers' market, which is a sellers' market. Additional information on the real estate market can be found in the entry on building cycle.

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AVERAGE TOTAL COST

Total cost per unit of output, found by dividing total cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average total cost (ATC) indicates the per unit profitability of a profit-maximizing firm. Average total cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average fixed cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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