At the request from Apple - Japanese online stores stop shipping Apple products

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Stella, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
  2. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Makes no sense. Like any other online store don't they buy their stuff from Apple in volume at a volume discount and then sell it to us at a markup?

    Unless, some of the Japanese stores are buying either directly from China or selling Chinese counterfeits of Apple products.
  3. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009

    By MarketWatch
    TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- Most Japanese consumer electronics discount stores have halted online sales of iPods, iMacs and other Apple Inc. products, with some indicating they have done so at the U.S. firm's behest, according to a report Tuesday.

    Industry watchers believe that the Japanese unit of Apple (AAPL 267.84, -1.66, -0.62%) has cut out some sales channels because it was unhappy about online stores selling its products at a discount, the Nikkei business daily reported.
  4. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Is that not essentially price fixing and/or anti competitive behaviour?
  5. jpyc7 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Maybe so, but it might not be illegal either. In the US, there have been lawsuits related to "minimum advertised price" (MAP) contract provisions where a manufacturer will not let a retailer advertise their product below the MAP. I believe one of those lawsuits recently went to the US Supreme court. I'm not sure exactly which legal concepts were in conflict.

    At least in US, basically the contract could prohibit the advertised price from being too low, but could not specify the minimum price (thus no price fixing).

    I could see a single company being allowed to set its own minimum price as it is not as plainly anti-competitive as multiple companies doing price fixing. There's no reason that all countries have the same limits on anti-competitive behavior.

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