In an essay titled “The Tyranny of Small Decisions,” none other than Alfred E. Kahn once noted that
[m]onopoly elements may cause the buyer to be presented with excessively narrow choices that do not correctly reflect that actual costs of the competing alternatives; and the result may be an uneconomic spiral of product quality changes over time [and] so-called ‘product inflation.’
In order to keep the money flowing, in other words, big business interests “may” use their clout to ignore and suppress achingly obvious macro-choices, while pushing increasingly trivial micro-choices.
Behold, then, this:
That, friends, is one of our glorious economic system’s newest offerings. It is a $20 dental floss dispenser.