I know there is a word or two-word phrase (i.e. xxx-cost) that can be used in a business context to describe the cost of duplicating an item, but I can't remember it.

For example; for software this cost is near zero, whereas for diamond rings it is high.

Can anyone help me here?

  • 1
    Well, one might use "replication cost".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:24
  • What do you mean by the cost of duplicating an item? Are you referring to manufacturing cost or the cost of having someone else produce a copy, given an existing item?
    – Lawrence
    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:29
  • Overhead?
    – Mazura
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


marginal cost

the cost added by producing one extra item of a product.

from google: marginal cost.


You could use: reproduction cost

The costs involved with identically reproducing an asset or property with the same materials and specifications as an insured property based on current prices. Insurers use reproduction cost as a method of valuation to calculate the costs involved with the risk of replacing an insured asset with an identical one at the same location.


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