The bizarre economics of the hotel minibar.

The economic mysteries of daily life.
Feb. 17 2007 6:29 AM

Minibar Economics

Why you should stay at hotels that overcharge for drinks and Wi-Fi access.

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Sophisticated readers may care to seek out companies that charge hidden fees. Steer clear of the minibar, and you may get an excellent deal.

Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist. His latest book, The Logic of Life, will be published in paperback on Feb. 10.