Watch This Now: The Economics of Halloween Candy-Swapping

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Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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Want to be the Gordon Gecko for halloween sweets? Then check out this video from Buzzfeed that breakdowns the relative value of candy trades, a deliberate and intense science that had us pondering how to maximize our Reese's and Butterfingers counts as trick-or-treaters.

Basically, all halloween candy can be broken down into three groups: Nut-Based/Crunch, Fillings/Soft-Centered, and Fruits/Sours. Knowing your trading partners' preferences, as well as your own, is crucial to mastering the game.

Candy trading practices can even broken down into laws of Marxism, Keynesian economics, and heaven-forbid Reaganomics -- which places a very high emphasis on jelly beans. Just make sure that you don't get conned into some candy corn, which is a negative asset for sure.

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