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Microsoft Accused of "Predatory Pricing" on Security

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This week's eWeek features an article Microsoft Security Pricing: Predatory or Correctional?.

The problem, it seems, is that MS has priced its security products "way below fair...

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"Price Gouging": Setting the Record Straight

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The Washington Post reports that the House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a measure imposing severe penalties for "price gouging," an alleged phenomenon it...

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Price Controls in Argentina, Again!



The New York Times ran a just-the-facts story about Argentina's increasingly egregious price controls—beginning in browbeating, moving to controls on beef, spreading to all consumer...

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Why not double the price?


Tim Harford offers an interesting analysis of the great XBox shortage of 2005. They are selling for $300, except that they are not selling because there is a massive shortage. He asks the question: why doesn't Microsoft raise the price...

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Gasoline in California

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From Mike Davis:

With the rise of gas prices above the $3 a gallon psychological level, and the record quarterly profits of Exxon Mobil, accusations of price fixing, price gouging and profiteering abound. Big-oil CEO's have been called before a...

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Concise Guide to Price Gouging

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6. Price Gouging

Price gouging -- charging higher prices under emergency conditions -- evokes strong emotional...

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How to know that the price is too low

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Thousands show up for computer sale: People trampled, beaten with a folding chair. A woman urinating on herself. The police called, then themselves calling for backup. All to get a bargain.


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Price Spreads and Brokers



On a recent visit to San Jose State University, I sat in on a Money & Banking lecture by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel. (I am assuming he doesn't mind me discussing this here...) He drew a supply-and-demand diagram for the housing market, and said that due to transactions costs, the number of...

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Long Lines and Cleared Markets



It is sometimes said that long lines at theaters, sports events, and amusement parks are signs of a market that is not clearing and that prices should be raised. In fact, people pay in a combination of money and time costs, that's all. With a moderate-income clientele it makes sense for some...

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