Definition:[1] An industry where consumers’ confusion limits companies’ incentives to compete on price and product quality.

Plural: confusopolies


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  1. The word “confusopoly” was first coined and defined by Scott Adams in The Dilbert Future, a book I recommend.

    My definition is different than the one Scott used. Scott’s definition, which implies more nefarious behavior on the behalf of companies, is below:

    “A group of companies with similar products who intentionally confuse customers instead of competing on price.”

    From The Dilbert Future, page 159.