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12 Examples of an Inferior Good

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An inferior good is a product or service that you consume less when your income rises. In many cases, sales of an inferior good can increase during a recession. The following are common examples.
Cheap plastic kitchenware
Discount airlines
Discounted items
Dollar store items
Fast food
Frozen meals
Inexpensive restaurants
Instant noodles
No brand products
Off-brand products
Public transportation
Used goods
Some goods will initially increase in demand when you earn more but then eventually decline if you earn much more. For example, you may start taking more economic class flights as you earn more but then switch to business class as your income gets quite high.


Inferior goods have more expensive alternatives that tend to be preferred. An inferior good for a high income group can be a normal or luxury good for a lower income group. For example, vacations by economy class flight may be luxury for many but an inferior good for wealthy individuals.
Overview: Inferior Good
A good that is consumed less as income rises.
Staple foods such as potatoes or rice are an inferior good in many countries. As income rises, people tend to diversify their diet.
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Substitute Good
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