Comments on The Tyranny of Averages

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  1. Jon


    My reference to the concept of the “long tail” may have been a bit cryptic.

    Amazon sells a very large number of popular books, but few books achieve such popularity. It also sells a ‘long tail’ of less popular books. Whats the split between each: probably not 80:20. Its closer to 1%/99%.

    If one uses averages when pricing the long tail, they will leave money on the the table.

  2. Reuben Swartz

    Jon, perhaps you and I are assuming too much. Although the “long tail” concept has gotten a lot of press here recently. See The Long Tail for more.

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