A Pizza Peace

New York’s pizza price war has ended. During April, we could buy a 75-cent slice of pizza in midtown Manhattan. The brief price war that brought the price down from $1.50 to $1.00 to $.79 to $.7…

Coke and Pepsi

Pepsi has discovered that “fun for you” (chips and soda) increases revenue more than “good for you” (oatmeal, fruit juice, Gatorade). According to the WSJ, with Pepsi losing ma…

Changing Times

Not so long ago, the NY Times depended on ads, help wanted, real estate revenue. Now we have craigslist and monster.com. An Op-Ed Column could be read only on the Op-Ed page. Now, anyone can copy and …

Airline Fees

Weigh baggage, tag it, and place it on the conveyor belt. No you are not an airline employee. You are flying the Australian Airline, Jetstar. Any human interaction will cost you. A question about your…

Higher Gas Prices

How have we responded to higher gas prices? According to a recent study, our first response is to buy a lower grade of gasoline. Drivers, used to premium, opted for regular gasoline instead. However, …

Pricing Airline Tickets

During the 1970s, a ticket to fly between New York and Washington, D.C. cost $50 whereas one between Los Angeles and San Francisco-almost twice the distance-cost only $40.  Why? Before deregulati…

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