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Take the following sentence:

"The success of the 1987 television show and 1990 film fueled the sales of everything from toys to toothbrushes to video games."

The following feels better:

"The success of the 1987 television show and 1990 film fueled the sales of everything from toys, to toothbrushes, to video games."

However, I'm not sure if this really qualifies as a list, or whether the serial comma serves any purpose. Is this simply a matter of style?

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  • P.S. I found a similar question here, but the responses are unsatisfying.
    – Ryan
    Mar 21, 2021 at 0:52
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    Best without commas, at least here. It’s a style question.
    – Xanne
    Mar 21, 2021 at 1:03
  • I would be more likely to use commas when the items are longer.
    – Peter
    Mar 21, 2021 at 2:30

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