12-05-2008, 05:42 PM
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Richmond, VA
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." link to article
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Last edited by SilverVT; 12-05-2008 at 05:53 PM.