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Canada Goose Outlet A quick summary of the case: Leegin Creative Leather Products makes the Brighton line of women’s leather belts and sells them mainly through specialty retailers who agree to follow Leegin’s suggested retail prices. All was well until 2002, when Leegin learned Kay’s Kloset in Lewisville, Texas, was discounting their belts. Leegin cut off their supply and Kay’s Kloset took Leegin to court. Canada Goose Outlet

Arguing that setting minimum prices violated the Sherman Anti Trust Act, Kay’s Kloset won more than $1 million in damages. canada goose outlet us Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans upheld the judgment.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Leegin appealed to the High Court. It wants the Supremes to overturn what’s known as the “Dr. Miles precedent” a good name for a novel or a rock band, if you’re so inclined which is a 1911 case that established that “resale price maintenance,” letting manufacturers set minimum prices, was illegal under the Sherman Act. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose uk black friday Leegin contends that minimum prices aren’t necessarily anticompetitive and, if allowed to set them, manufacturers would still be able to compete in non price areas such as customer service. canada goose uk black friday

canada goose uk shop Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, which filed a brief in the case on Monday, sees a more dire future if Leegin wins: Goodbye to Loehmann’s, National Wholesale Liquidators, etc. canada goose uk shop

Canada Goose Parka Resale price maintenance “prevents consumers canada goose parka uk from ‘shopping around’ for the best prices because it prevents retailers from putting on sale any and all types of products. from groceries to gasoline,” Cooper said. “By setting minimum prices, manufacturers can build in excess margins for themselves and for their favored retailers prices that consumers have no choice but to pay.” Canada Goose Parka

The that they have to compete in a global marketplace and that an absolute ban on resale price maintenance stifles service and promotional programs that actually benefit consumers.

What do you think would happen if manufacturers were able to set minimum prices? Is it death to shopping as we know it? Or could it canada goose outlet england lead to friendlier clerks? And why don’t court cases always have cool names such as “Dr. Miles?”

I am with the manufacturers, for a bunch of reasons. First, the rush to the bottom price wise has generated a negative societal consequences, most notably the end of middle class manufacturing jobs, but also the end of quality and durability as values that canada goose factory outlet uk consumers look for. And this disposable society is something we can’t sustain any more, given the effect our consumption is having on the planet. Retailers who want to stand for quality should be uk canada goose jackets free to make that choice; elsewise there will be no options available for people who want to buy long lasting products made by well compensated workers. If you want long lasting products made by well compensated workers, they’re absolutely available. But these products are very expensive, part of the difficulty of compensating the workers “well.”

canada goose black friday sale As for physical garbage, this is becoming less of a problem as we’re getting exceptionally good at destroying our garbage. Landfill vacancy rates are at an all time high (without an associated increase in overall landfill space), garbage disposal prices are at all time lows, and technology (like using tractors and watering trucks in conjunction with GPS satellites) has enabled us to degrade garbage with alarming speed. Is garbage still a problem? Sure. But we’ve made some awesome progress. Now we have airlines, trucking companies to bring us goods, many local stores, more mobility to travel to other areas and the Internet. So the competitive environment has channged and canada goose 3xl uk I think the Dr. Miles precedent has outlived its usefulness. I agree that the connection between customer service and price is dwindling, if not gone entirely. The folks who work on the store floors don’t care one lick whether the buy canada goose jacket cheap shop next door is selling the same product for less, so what makes anyone think that the people providing customer service will care more when the financial incentive for the customer to buy elsewhere is eroded? canada goose black friday sale

uk canada goose The argument that price minimums would increase quality is also misguided. The connection between price and quality has also been fading. One can no longer expect, if they ever could expect, that the more one pays for something, the better the product. The key is value: the quality of a product in light of its price. Price minimums only serve to distort the value of a product by lowering the value of lower priced goods; you end up paying more for the same quality. Value is a function of price canada goose clearance sale and quality; quality is not a function of price. Price minimums will not bring back high wage manufacturing jobs to the US, let alone anywhere else. Quality and specialization bring those jobs, neither of which is dependent on having a set minimum retail price. uk canada goose

If retailers want to charge more for their goods and prevent price wars, they are free to do so by increasing quality. A resort to price minimums signifies that either they can’t or won’t increase quality and an inability to compete. They are just another subsidy.

From the manufacturer perspective. Imagine you have your heart set on a new microwave. Best Buy does the work, bob gets the sale. Pretty soon, with sales lagging, best buy stops advertising for GE microwaves. No one buys them (from Best Buy or bob). GE suffers. You don’t get a cool GE microwave. You suffer.

Now, imagine GE can impose a minimum price. If sets one too high, folks will probably buy alternative microwaves. But now if Best Buy and bob both have to sell at the same price (which must be competitive or GE won’t sell any), now bob is forced to actually do something not just free ride off of Best Buy. Maybe bob advertises, or offers free shipping and a bonus microwave dish. Maybe best buy sees that and adds free installation. GE sells more microwaves. You get a GE microwave. If the min price is too high you buy another kind.

Canada Goose online If all the microwave manufacturers set the same high minimum price this is illegal, and overturning Dr. Miles would not allow this. They don’t want their prices lowered because they don’t want to have to cut the wages of the expert artisans that make their products or have to lay them off and downscale to a mass production questionable quality factory in any of the places I just mentioned. Besides, many of these manufacturers who set minimum prices have specific sales at specific times of the year that they allow retailers to use. When I worked for a luggage chain in the early 90s during college, I sold Hartmann luggage. Hartmann allowed two or three sales at two or three times of the year and the luggage store heavily promoted them. I am sorry but, just because you WANT a REAL Prada bag at discount, doesn’t mean you should be allowed to get one. Allowing discounters to consistently discount ALL upscale quality goods destroys the image of the product, the mystique behind it and the livelihood of skilled workers for the sake of allowing some suburban yahoo to have a pair of Donald J. Pliner shoes, La Signoria Firenze home textiles or Leegin Leather products at an undeserved discount. So Leegan’s is selling their wares through various stores. Canada Goose Online Let’s say a belt with an msrp of $20 nets Leegan’s $8. If Kay’s sells it for $15, where does the discount come from? Kay’s pocket ($12 v. $7)? Leegan’s? Is Leegan’s only getting a set percentage of every belt sold? Canada Goose online

Let the marketplace work it’s magic it’s called capitalism. And jesabol, I think you’re talking at cross purposes. If someone is selling a Prada purse marked down to $150 I can afford it, why shouldn’t I buy it if I want it? A thousand dollar Prada purse is out of my means, but if someone else is willing to take a bath on the markup, why shouldn’t I be able to take advantage of it? It seems to me that Prada ought to sell their purses to the retailer for more than $150 if they want to keep the brand image up.