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H.R. 3190, The Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (1 comment ↓ | 5 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 3190 would restore the rule that agreements between manufacturers and retailers, distributors, or wholesalers to set the price below which the manufacturer's product or service cannot be sold violates the Sherman Act.

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Jason S. - Illinois

August 2, 2009, 5:38pm (report abuse)

This bill is designed specifically to benefit internet discounters. It will inevitably devalue products so that local brick and mortar stores can not compete, driving them out of business. This is why MAP was created, to level the playing field between retail models with varying overhead, and protect the value of the products for the manufacturers. Without MAP internet discounters will drive even more locally owned shops out of business. This is a big problem for local infrastructure across the nation as well because of the enormous loophole in sales tax collection from sales across state lines. This is already another advantage that internet discounters have over brick and mortar stores, they can sell with no sales tax already putting their prices at 5-15% below the local stores. Passing this bill will put local brick and mortar retailers out of business, those employed by these retsilers will lose their jobs, and the cities and states will lose huge amounts of tax revenues!

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