The 1890s spelled the beginning of the end for monopolies. With the passing of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the ability the create monopolies and cartels was stymied and price-fixing was severely limited. These days, companies like Apple and Amazon have to engage in doublespeak and heavy brand management just to kind of sort of have a monopoly and engage in a little price fixing. Economists and consumer advocates seem to think that a monopoly is a bad thing. Say what you will, but if you are dealing with a monopoly, you don't have to deal with the stress of decision making.