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There's no in-depth analysis here (big surprise, right?), but they mention that popcorn that has been popped for you and sold at a concession stand is roughly ten times the price of the same stuff you can toss in your microwave at home. This is after you've purchased a movie ticket, which can be North of $10 per person at many theaters.
Feel free to check out the article for yourself (click the Read link below), but don't expect much more than what has already been described here.
There is so much that could be picked on with that slideshow/article on MSN Money, but I'll limit my criticism to the fact that they don't mention how to sidestep the elevated prices of tickets and concessions. I'm not talking about stuffing your parka with homemade popcorn, but rather the fact that many movie theaters have discount programs, coupon offers, and other promotions which can get you big discounts on both tickets and concessions.
So, you tell us. Do you think movie tickets and concessions are overpriced? Do you skip the snacks, or do you hunt for coupons and discounts? Do you wait for something to come out on video instead? Submit your comments below!
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