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In an article on Portfolio.com, Felix Salmon writes:

McKenzie did a fair amount of real-world research on the popcorn front, and his most important finding (as far as I’m concerned) is that if you’re in a cinema which gives you a choice between buying a medium bag of popcorn and a large tub of popcorn, there’s a greater-than-50% chance that the medium bag will actually contain more popcorn than the large tub.

He’s talking about Richard McKenzie’s book Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies, And Other Pricing Puzzles. Part of the reason for the disparity, apparently, is that many places allow free refills for the large popcorn. (Tip o’ the hat to Marginal Revolution).

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