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Re: at what point does selling & low prices end
In regards to point number 2 I'm sure it is a classical example of a "tradgedy of the commons". People know they will be worse of if they alone will be the responsible ones if others at the same time "cheat". It will be rational to produce at maximum amount as long as one suspects people will cheat on the common good.
The commons dilemma is a specific class of social dilemma in which people's short-term selfish interests are at odds with long-term group interests and the common good.
The common good in this case is the coffe prices.
In my opinion the only way to beat this would be through a cartell ranging over country borders.