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Old 12-05-2008, 05:42 PM
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Article regarding Min. Prices on certain goods

Found this interesting.

Gives a fun theory as to why authentics get taken down and nasty fakes selling for retail stay up...

"Tod Cohen, eBay's vice-president of global government relations, says "manufacturers and agencies like NetEnforcers are increasingly getting more aggressive policing the prices of our sellers." They routinely use trademark-violation claims when asking eBay to take down sellers' pages, "but it's a bit unfairly enforced," he says. "They take down the Web sites only of the unauthorized resellers that are selling at discounts," but don't bother other unauthorized sellers if they're selling at MAP. This suggests manufacturers are mainly interested in keeping prices up, not preventing trademark violations. Mr. Cohen says.

Nichola Sharpe, an eBay spokeswoman, declined to comment on NetEnforcers' numbers. She said eBay pages taken down at the request of NetEnforcers' clients would have been removed under eBay's "verified rights owner," or VERO, program. That program was established partly to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods, and to crack down on unauthorized resellers: A manufacturer owning trademarks and copyright on a product for sale on eBay can request a listing's removal.

But Ms. Sharpe said eBay believes some manufacturers are "trying to abuse the VERO program" by using it to force legitimate discounters to stop selling at low prices."

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Interesting.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:48 AM
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it would make sense to me only after they put real effort into cleaning up the counterfeit market. minimum retail is not a new practice. some companies like sony for example will pull a retailer's ability to sell their product if they price under a certain point. i'm not sure where the targeting on ebay came in either. some of the revolve sales are much better than any of the ebay stores i've ever came across. i bought a pair of TR billy big-t in delirium for $120 shipped from revolve. no ebay seller i've found has ever offered that good of a deal, that's when you even find a real pair of TR.
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