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What is the difference between Opportunity Cost and Trade-Off?

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G. GRAY

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G. GRAY
G. GRAY, Writer, M.A, Liverpool

Answered Dec 03, 2020

Opportunity cost is the cost of the opportunity that disappears if you go one way and not the other, and we all must make choices in our life. For example, someone gets into an ivy league college, which has been their dream for many years, but that same person also just accepted a high paying job.

This person must look at the two choices and weigh the pros and cons of each option. The answer is not identical for everybody, though. It all depends on what you value, and what your priorities are in life. On the other hand, tradeoffs are the options we give up obtaining a specific outcome, experience, or service that we want.

It is an agreement that comes in the form of a compromise. To say, give this up for what you wish. Of course, it means that we have to lose something when making the decision—choosing which one to tradeoff is often not an easy thing to do.

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E. Stanley

E. Stanley

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E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Aug 06, 2020

Opportunity cost and trade-off are two different concepts in economics, yet they cannot be separated from each other because they are one and the same. Trade-off means forfeiting a certain possibility for another opportunity, while opportunity cost is the cost that has to ensue as a result of choosing the opportunity. The opportunity cost is permanently the result of a trade-off, and this is the critical difference between the two.

Opportunity cost is an efficient concept that is used to examine choice. It involves the highest value of the next opportunity, which is given up by the economy to obtain the highest value which has been chosen. The trade-off is the notion that speaks about the condition which forgone to arrive at another position. When there are numerous opportunities with limited resources, we must make comparisons among them to select the best.

We typically select the opportunity which gives the maximum benefits, and the rest of the options will be sacrificed. The trade-off is demonstrated as a practice of measurement which gauges the most preferred possible alternative. When making the trade-off, the thing we do not choose is called the opportunity cost. A trade-off has a specific element of risk. Both concepts may be used in business and real-life situations.

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Larry Thornton

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Larry Thornton
Larry Thornton, Student, MBA, Los Angles

Answered Aug 04, 2020

When you say trade-off, this means that you are going to give up something that you already have to acquire something that you want. When you say opportunity cost, this means that you are going to settle for something that you can consider to be the second guess because of the situation that you are in.

There are some people who feel that doing an opportunity cost is better in the long run because they may end up with something that they never thought they would be able to get.

There are times when the opportunity cost is also defined as something that you would need to compute so that you will know if the trade-off is going to be worth it or not.

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H. Ruby

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Answered Jul 31, 2020

Opportunity cost and trade-offs are two concepts related to business. A trade-off occurs when something is sacrificed to be able to get something else. Opportunity cost refers to something that could be done with the aforementioned thing that was sacrificed. A trade-off is neither a gain nor a loss. However, it does factor in costs and time spent. On the other hand, opportunity cost looks at the gain that was lost through it being sacrificed. It also takes the time to look at any losses that could have occurred if that thing had not been scarified.
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