We were big fans of Zachary Crockett's deep dive into the economics of all-you-can eat buffets, and his look at the unpredictable way pawn shops work is similarly great. I've never personally pawned something, but reading the piece, I was almost tempted to go price-comparing at local shops. (But only almost.)
I'm sure we've all gone to buffets before and wondered, as we're stuffing our faces full of food, how this all-you-can-eat model is sustainable for restaurants. The article helps unlock some of the tricks buffet restaurants deploy to keep us from out-eating them. It also, interestingly, wsheds light on why buffets aren't nearly as popular as they once were.