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Table: What Will Remain Free


COMMODITY DATA

Stuff that's widely available everywhere, such as stock quotes, weather, and news, will be Internet giveaways.

SHOPPING INFORMATION

The Web will remain a great place to comparison-shop and gather info on everything from car models to real estate.

SEARCH ENGINES

They may cost a bundle to build, but the incremental cost of additional searches is minuscule, so they'll stay free and rely on advertising and licensing to companies.

PURCHASES

Surcharges would make e-shopping lose its competitive advantage over catalog retailers and in-store purchasing.


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