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Minimum Resale Prices for Books Could Be on the Horizon

A very important consumer rule is being considered by the Supreme Court which would impact retail pricing in the US. Yesterday, in the case of Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., No. 06-480, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the rule which prevents manufacturers from dictating to retailers what price a good should be sold at and when sales can occur.

Leegin sold Brighton products at a discounts that Brighton did not authorize. Brighton refused to continue to supply Leegin, arguing that Leegan violated their contract regarding resale prices. Nine West, in 2000, had to pay a $34 M fine for resale price fixing when it tried to proscribe when a sale could occur on its products and for what price.

To do away with the rule against resale price fixing is bad for the consumer. Publishers could set minimum resale prices for books, like Harry Potter, at a certain price and booksellers, per the agreement, would not be able to discount the books. Changing the rule is not good for the consumer.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

3 Comments

  1. DJ
    Aug 07, 2007 @ 19:41:59

    Alot of stores were waiting for something like that so they are really interested. Do you know which products have the Minimum Resale Prices now?

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  2. DJ
    Aug 08, 2007 @ 19:53:46

    Here’s what I found so far:

    Garmin Astro 220: $599.99
    GARMIN ASTRO 220 (GPS/RECEIVER ONLY): $499.99
    GARMIN DC 20 ASTRO TRANSMITTER: $199.99
    SWTS Unfiltered DVD: $19.99
    SWTS Personal Best – Butterfly Instructional DVD: $39.99

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  3. DJ
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 18:01:43

    I believe that the profit that is made through e-commerce is not large enough to sustain our great reality so I agree with the decision of the court.

    I also recently created MinimumResalePrice.com so you don’t have to go price comparing all over the net.

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