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*arrow_forward*Suppose a movie theater raises the price of popcorn 10 percent, but customers do not buy any less popcorn. What does this tell you about the price elasticity of demand? What will happen to total revenue as a result of the price increase?*arrow_forward*Who would pay a tax imposed on the supplier when the price elasticity of supply is inelastic and the price elasticity of demand is elastic?*arrow_forward* - The Stopdecay Company sells an electric toothbrush for $25. Its sales have averaged 8,000 units per month over the past year. Recently, its closest competitor, Decayfigh ter, reduced the price of its electric toothbrush from $35 to $30. As a result, Stopde cays sales declined by 1,500 units per month. What is the arc cross elasticity of demand between Stopdecays toothbrush and Decayfighters toothbrush? What does this indicate about the relationship between the two products? If Stopdecay knows that the arc price elasticity of demand for its toothbrush is 1.5, what price would Stopdecay have to charge to sell the same number of units as it did before the Decayfighter price cut? Assume that Decayfighter holds the price of its toothbrush constant at $30. What is Stopdecays average monthly total revenue from the sale of electric toothbrushes before and after the price change determined in part (b)? Is the result in part (c) necessarily desirable? What other factors would have to be taken into consideration?
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