Remember the seminal section in the seminal novel Catch 22 when Milo Minderbinder "explains" how he can buy eggs for seven cents in Malta and sell them back to his own mess halls for five cents, and still make a profit?
There is an answer that does eventually make some kind of sense, but it's totally counter-intuitive. Ditto the US academics who claim to have proven, using very hard sums and game theory which we guess is not as fun as it sounds, that internet commerce actually makes things more expensive.
Apparently, according to the university researchers, making it easier for consumers to compare prices on the web may result in higher prices.
This is something to do with the fact that allowing consumers to compare prices on a product from several different businesses also allows these businesses easily to check on their competitors and this leads to price fixing.
Still sounds to us that you lose two cents per egg.
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