cannibalize

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cannibalize

[′kan·ə·bə‚līz]
(engineering)
To remove parts from one piece of equipment and use them to replace like, defective parts in a similar piece of equipment in order to keep the latter operational.

cannibalize

To take out parts or components from one aircraft to service another and make it operational.
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This approach renders different decisions from more traditional methods, because a slow-moving item may in fact be adding more incremental volume to the category than a faster-moving item that cannibalizes others in the mix.
Two items that demonstrate equal loyalty based on panel data measures may actually cannibalize at very different rates because one has many fewer direct substitutes than the other.
To complete the cannibalization story requires development of economic curves that depict how an item will cannibalize its segment based on the number of like items in the segment.