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We owe you an apology

with 3 comments

We apologize. We have always stood up for the proposition that whenever an error is made one has to publicly admit the blame, apologize and carry on.

We do not know how it happened, but we have fallen short in our responsibility to inform/entertain readers of this blog as we should have.

In sum, we are very sorry to have missed this story for over a month:

On June 25, the Federal Trade Commission closed its investigation into whether Church & Dwight Co., maker of Trojan-brand condoms and other consumer products, had attempted to monopolize the U.S. condom market. (see Closing Letter here).

Monopolize the U.S. condom market“; isn’t that something? We are told by insiders that the FTC had undertaken action on this market given its special characteristics. Aside from the well-known elasticity of the condoms market, there are apparently other features that incentivize market players to engage in hard-core practices/naked restraints. Some stakeholders are said to be disappointed by what they perceive as a premature climax.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

24 July 2012 at 10:54 am

Posted in Jokes

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  1. You say it’s elastic, but I would argue that, on the contrary, it is quite rigid. I guess it depends on how you look at it!

    These features certainly have an influence on the degree of compe-tit-tion in the market.

    User name

    24 July 2012 at 11:12 am

  2. Thanks for the comment, username. I was starting to think that we were monopolizing the “bad antitrust jokes” market, but I see you have some potential to compete therein too!

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    24 July 2012 at 11:15 am

  3. Does anybody know whether the case was prompted by customer complaints, whistle blowers or anything to that effect? I bet FTC won’t let Church & Dwight Co get away like this… perhaps they tackle them by investigating tying/bundling practices, e.g. condoms and cigarettes or the likes..

    Gabriele

    25 July 2012 at 3:58 pm


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