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WhaTHellsgoingonhere

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11. That's deflation. You don't want that
Sun Jan 31, 2016, 01:34 PM
Jan 2016

A number of readers have asked me to explain why deflation is a bad thing; and the truth is that while I’ve alluded to the issue a number of times, I’m not sure if I’ve ever laid out the whole case. So here goes.

...the argument that deflation is a bad thing is also an argument saying that some economic problems get worse as inflation falls, and that too low an inflation rate may actually be economically damaging.


http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/why-is-deflation-bad/?_r=0

In regards to groceries...climate change unapatriciated Jan 2016 #1
I was always told by retailers nilesobek Jan 2016 #8
We are starting to see a shortage in produce unapatriciated Jan 2016 #16
actually milk, at least, seems to be about $1 a gallon less than last year hfojvt Jan 2016 #2
Not around here. Pretty much the same price. hobbit709 Jan 2016 #6
Gasoline forms a fairly small part of the cost of most goods muriel_volestrangler Jan 2016 #3
You are right but when gas is high they use the excuse to raise groceries yeoman6987 Jan 2016 #5
Most grocery stores don't bring down their prices when gas is cheaper meow2u3 Jan 2016 #19
Basic Capitalism - prices based on seller willing to sell at and market willing to bear it. NutmegYankee Jan 2016 #4
Once the price goes up it rarely comes down. SamKnause Jan 2016 #7
So we are being ripped off nilesobek Jan 2016 #10
Yes we are being ripped off and forced to buy overpriced necessities. SamKnause Jan 2016 #13
Lower oil prices, at present levels of production cost, are not economically beneficial Spider Jerusalem Jan 2016 #9
Wow. Two billion a day losses. nilesobek Jan 2016 #14
It probably wasn't anticipated Spider Jerusalem Jan 2016 #15
That's deflation. You don't want that WhaTHellsgoingonhere Jan 2016 #11
Amazon, Walmart, Target et al have an even bigger monopoly on consumer goods JCMach1 Jan 2016 #12
Our local HyVee grocery raised prices substantially after the first of the year. Frustratedlady Jan 2016 #17
Because gasoline is only a small input for other prices. Zynx Jan 2016 #18
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