How does the ice cream industry fit the oligopoly model?

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The ice cream industry does not fit the oligopoly model very well. 

In an oligopoly, there are only a very few sellers of a given product.  The sellers are all so big in terms of market share that the actions of any one seller can have an impact on the industry as a whole.  This is not the case with ice cream.

With ice cream, practically every restaurant in America serves it.  It is true that there are relatively few big chains, like Baskin-Robbins and Coldstone Creamery, devoted mainly to ice cream.  However, ice cream is still available from many other sources.  Therefore, the ice cream industry could hardly be called an oligopoly.

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