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Bundling with Resale

Drew Vollmer
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Drew Vollmer: U.S. Department of Justice

No 202203, EAG Discussions Papers from Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

Abstract: How does resale affect multiproduct bundling? I investigate using a model of monopoly bundling with costly resale. Consumers purchase in the primary market while anticipating resale, then participate in a resale market with market-clearing prices. Resale forces the monopolist to balance the additional profit from a discounted bundle against the opportunity for consumer arbitrage. In equilibrium, the monopolist may still other a discounted bundle, but resale reduces the returns to bundling and has an ambiguous effect on consumer and total welfare. When consumers have heterogeneous costs of resale, it is possible for consumers to resell in equilibrium.

Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2022-12
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