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  •  Fewer buyers, I suspect (4+ / 0-)

    It is the reason given why some text books are so horribly expensive (beyond the normal "expensive" of text books in general). It makes a certain amount of sense, and is comparable to other "products" where a basic charge can be spread across numerous buyers until it is almost negligible, but on it's own makes manufacturing a small number exorbitant. Example: now and then I have to purchase a quantity of commemorative pieces. If the "mold charge" is $500 and I needed only 5 of them it would add $100 to the cost of each piece. If I buy 1000 of them, the per piece cost is only 50 cents. Similar initial outlay affects T-shirt designs. Same theory also impacts medications for rare diseases.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:18:48 AM PST

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