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Markobr (Markobr)
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 9:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We often hear of businessmen pressing for less legal or administrative restrictions to their business. But this is about a businessman who tried hard (and, as far as I know unsuccessfully) to get more restrictions for part of his business. Why did he do so?
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Was his motive financial gain? Expansion of business? Get a rival out of business?

He = HAM?

True story?
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Was his motive financial gain? Yes. Expansion of business? Maybe. Get a rival out of business? No.

He = HAM? H and A, irrelevant whether M or F.

True story? Yes.
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Did he have any moral reasons? Would the regulation provide some advantage over his competitors? Are lawmakers aware of his reason for requesting this restriction? Do they disapprove of this reason, or would they if they knew of it?
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Would gaining these restrictions be illegal?
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Did he have any moral reasons? No. Would the regulation provide some advantage over his competitors? Yesish or Yope. Are lawmakers aware of his reason for requesting this restriction? FA, but the relevant persons are or become aware of the reason. Do they disapprove of this reason, or would they if they knew of it? Somewhat I think.

Would gaining these restrictions be illegal? No.
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Was his main goal to increase regulations on his own business? Or on the businesses of his competitors?
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Was his main goal to increase regulations on his own business? This. Maybe a slight FA. Or on the businesses of his competitors?
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Does he want restrictions because he can deal with them better than his competitors would? Perhaps the regulation does not entirely apply to him, but would to his competitors? Like, say, all of them are selling Version A of the product, while he only sells Version B, and the regulation would be on Version A.
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Does he want restrictions because he can deal with them better than his competitors would? No. Perhaps the regulation does not entirely apply to him, but would to his competitors? No. Like, say, all of them are selling Version A of the product, while he only sells Version B, and the regulation would be on Version A. No. He even asks for restrictions which specifically apply to (some of) his products.
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Is the business selling tangible objects? If so, cigarettes?
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Is the business selling tangible objects? Yesish or Yope. If so, cigarettes? No.
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Does he ask for this restriction on moral grounds? Environmental grounds? Or in hopes for greater profit? Was it to benefit himself? And/or his competitors? Or to make things harder for himself? And/or his competitors?

Would it ultimately show a benefit to the businesses affected by it? Their community? Their industry?

Was his business a store or chain of stores? Did his position directly involve selling tangible objects to customers? Managing those who did? Or was he more on the intangible side -- working in research or upper management, for example?

Did he sell cars?

If not, is the object he sold
- Bigger than a breadbox?
- Packaged?
- In kit form?
- Edible?
- Individually made or mass-manufactured?
- Made in his own country? Imported? Exported?
- Made primarily of wood? Metal? Other material?
- A tool? Vehicle?
- Artwork or otherwise involve creativity? On his own part?

If any of these are particularly relevant or irrelevant, please note them.
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Does he ask for this restriction on moral grounds? Yope, explore. Environmental grounds? No. Or in hopes for greater profit? Yes. Was it to benefit himself? Yes. And/or his competitors? No. Or to make things harder for himself? No. And/or his competitors? Yope.

Would it ultimately show a benefit to the businesses affected by it? Yes. Their community? No. Their industry? I don't know.

Was his business a store or chain of stores? No. Did his position directly involve selling tangible objects to customers? Probably not. But I know nothing about the internal organisation of the business. Managing those who did? Possibly. Or was he more on the intangible side Probably. -- working in research No. or upper management Possibly. Don't think of a very big company, however., for example?

Did he sell cars? No.

If not, is the object he sold
- Bigger than a breadbox? No.
- Packaged? Yes.
- In kit form? No.
- Edible? No.
- Individually made or mass-manufactured? Mass-manufactured.
- Made in his own country? Assume this. Imported? Exported?
- Made primarily of wood? Metal? Other material? This.
- A tool? Vehicle? No.
- Artwork or otherwise involve creativity? Yes. This might be the most relevant point. On his own part? Possibly.

If any of these are particularly relevant or irrelevant, please note them.
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Did he sell paintings? Sculpture? Intricate china dishes or something similar?

Are these his own artwork?
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Did he sell paintings? Sculpture? Intricate china dishes or something similar? No to all.

Are these his own artwork? It's produced in his company, irrelevant whether he was personally involved in producing it. "Artwork", however, is not what you usually would call the products of that company. But does "involve creativity".
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Did he want restrictions on how much of this item could be produced? Thus driving prices up?
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Diamonds? I've heard once that they make them scarce on the market to drive the prices up, just as Balin says.
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Did he want restrictions on how much of this item could be produced? No. Thus driving prices up? No.

Diamonds? No. I've heard once that they make them scarce on the market to drive the prices up, just as Balin says.
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Copyright relevant? Copy protection?
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Copyright relevant? Copy protection? No, but it's getting somewhat warmer.
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Patents relevant?
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Does he want to prevent someone else from being able to make money on his product?
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Broadcasting relevant?
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Patents relevant? No. More laterally warmer.

Does he want to prevent someone else from being able to make money on his product? No.

Broadcasting relevant? No with maybe a little -ish.
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Music relevant?

I remember an earlier puzzle, might've been a Markobr puzzle actually, where a singer's albums were in fact owned by another company... relevant?
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First of all, forget the little -ish in my last posting. Broedcasting is not relevant.

Music relevant? No.

I remember an earlier puzzle, might've been a Markobr puzzle actually, where a singer's albums were in fact owned by another company... relevant? It was not my puzzle but I think I found out the singer's name there. Not relevant here.
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Did he create a new version of an already-existing product? An entirely new product altogether?
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Did he create a new version of an already-existing product? An entirely new product altogether? This.
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Is this product considered a toy? Game? Is it electronic? Is it meant for children? Adults?

Is it a computer? Cell phone?
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Is this product considered a toy? Game? Yes. Is it electronic? Yes. Is it meant for children? No, but... Adults? Yesish.

Is it a computer? No. Cell phone? No.
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Is it marketed to teens?

Is it a computer game? Video game?
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Is it marketed to teens? Some of them but not all of them.

Is it a computer game? Video game? Yes, not relevant whether computer game or video game.
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Is the specific game relevant? Is it a video game series?

Is the parental rating system relevant?
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Is the specific game relevant? No. Is it a video game series? Irrelevant.

Is the parental rating system relevant? Yes.
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Does he want a stricter rating system? So that his game will get a higher rating (i.e. rated M instead of T)? And thus sales will go up? Because higher-rated games get more sales?
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Does he want a stricter rating system? Not a stricter system in general. So that his game will get a higher rating (i.e. rated M instead of T)? Not sure about the meaning of "M" and "T" but he wants a higher minimum age. And thus sales will go up? Yes. Because higher-rated games get more sales? Yesish, see below.

This is basically the solution, figuring out more details would be boring, so here comes a

== SPOILER ==

If you want to sell "erotic computer games" it is definitely bad publicity if your products are officially rated to be appropriate for twelve-year olds. But this is what the USK, a German agency for the parental rating of computer games, thought about certain games. So a representative of the producer showed up at the USK to convince them that his games are adult content.
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Nice one!

The US parental rating system goes like this:

-eC (early childhood)
-E (everyone)
-E10+ (everyone 10 and up)
-T (teen)
-M (mature: 17+)
-AO (adults only: 18+)

And the sales tend to go up as the rating gets stricter. I think "M"-rated games sell highest.
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In Germany the rating is just the minimum age; a computer game can be rated 0, 6, 12, 16, or 18. And the USK can refuse to rate a game at all which basically means they think it is a case for the really nasty restrictions they can't impose themselves.

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