Supply and Demand in Action
From the U-Haul website, one-way rentals for a 26-foot truck in February 2007:
1. From Atlanta, GA to Flint, MI: $596
2. From Flint, MI to Atlanta, GA: $1589
3. From Phoenix, AZ to Flint, MI: $1358
4. From Flint, MI to Phoenix, AZ; $3320
Bottom Line: Market prices reflect relative demand, and the demand for trucks FROM Flint, MI TO Georgia or Arizona is about 2.5 times higher than the demand FROM Georgia or Arizona TO Flint, MI.
Another example: Bill Cosby, Tony Robbins and Bill Clinton charge over $100,000 per appearance as a guest speaker, and George Will, Cokie Roberts, Andrea Mitchell, John Stossel and Sam Donaldson, charge between $10,000 and $30,000. Market prices for speakers reflect relative demand.