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    Figure 10-13 shows the payoff matrix for the only two auto dealerships in a community, Jim's Autos and Tim's Autos. The matrix shows the profits that each firm would earn from choosing either a low price or a high price.

    JIM'S AUCTIONS
    LOW PRICE HIGH PRICE
    LOW PRICE TIM'S PROFIT 100,000 TIM'S PROFIT 250,000
    JIM'S PROFIT 100,000 JIM'S PROFIT -50,000
    TIM'S AUCTIONS
    HIGH PRICE TIM'S PROFIT -50,000 TIM'S PROFIT 200,000
    JIM'S PROFIT 250,000 JIM'S PROFIT 200,000

    a.The dealers set their prices independently. What is dominant strategy for each dealer? Determine the optimal strategy for each firm. What is the optimal pay-off for each dealer? Explain briefly.
    b. If the dealers were to merge and both dealers were managed as a single business, how would this affect its pricing strategy? Explain.

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    a. The dealers set their prices independently. What is dominant strategy for each dealer? Determine the optimal strategy for each firm. What is the optimal pay-off for each dealer? Explain briefly.

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