What are the ways to gain a monopoly?


Gaining a monopoly is of course something that is interesting for all entrepreneurs, is it still possible to make one? If so, how?


asked Aug 10 '11 at 01:47
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A monopoly can be achieved the following ways:

  • Getting perfect patent coverage
  • Owning land will sometimes create a local monopoly. For example a skicenter
  • Being dominant in an area of business where network effect is strong and there are barriers to changing. (I thought about Facebook until Google+ came along. I do not have other good examples).
  • Having an exclusive sales deal with a monopolistic producer
  • Being the only provider who has been approved by an approval agency or government

Of course, as with all monopolies, if one exploits the position too much, competition will come.

answered Aug 10 '11 at 04:30
Kirk Strobeck
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