France To Cosmetics Companies: Get Online Or Else!

from the it's-the-21st-century dept

It's the time of the year when we're inundated with stories about online shopping, as if it were still this totally new phenomenon that warrants special attention. That being said, there are apparently several holdouts from the trend, as some companies have taken aggressive moves to prevent their products from being sold online. In France, ten cosmetics companies have reached a deal with the government, agreeing to become more flexible about internet sales. French regulators had accused these companies of "distorting the market" by restricting how their products could be sold. The reasons for not wanting to sell online aren't completely clear. It seems in some cases that it has to do with maintaining the mystique and aura of the brand. In any event, these companies should be able to come to any agreement with distributors that they want. If they insist on only physical sales, and that's what the retailer wants, then it doesn't seem like a problem. Making the whole discussion even sillier, is that there's nothing preventing another party from acquiring this merchandise, and then going on and selling it how they like, assuming the right of first sale were respected. It would be a different matter if, say, a large retail firm were telling its suppliers that they couldn't let their products get sold online, as Wal-Mart's done with DVD sales, pressuring Hollywood studios not to make their films available for download. Even this action might not warrant government intervention, but it's a lot closer to the market distortion that has the French so worried.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 1:46pm

    Its OK... its FRENCH tax payer money

    If it were US tax-payer money, I would be pissed.

    Good things its the french wasting their money on such futile efforts.

     

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    dorpus, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 1:51pm

    Forbidden Ingredients

    It's because high-end cosmetics contain whale bile, human fetus cells, mercury, and other ingredients that would raise eyebrows among the masses. Sales clerks receive advanced psychology training from cosmetic companies to hypnotize rich women in the store, so the womens' eyes swirl green and orange, and they are brainwashed into buying anything.

     

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    Aaron, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 4:32pm

    Maybe...

    I believe it may have more to do with their traditional sales channels... People...

     

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    FRENCH, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 5:16pm

    STUPID

    DUMB FROGS

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 6:34pm

    The French don't bathe last time I checked. So why would anyone want to buy the prefume? Odd I would stay away from it.

     

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    Jack, Nov 29th, 2006 @ 11:06pm

    Protecting their product from discounters

    I believe they are simply trying to protect their product from discounters. And, hey, this occurs in the US, too.

    Even seen a sale price on a major cosmetic or perfume? Doesn't happen in the US. Yep, no discounts.

     

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    mousepaw, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:39am

    Weird

    It seems odd that a company wouldn't want to sell on-line but hey, if that's the way they want it, that's how it should be.

     

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    ROBERT KANKAM, Jan 20th, 2007 @ 1:20pm

    purchasing

    Dear Sir,
    I AM A DIRECTOR IN R.KK COSMETICS COMPANY,AND WE HAVE SHORTAGE OF COSMETICS SO WE NEED A COMPETENT COMPANY WHO CAN SUPPLY US A QUALITY COSMETICS.

     

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    r, Jan 20th, 2007 @ 1:21pm

    Re: purchasing

    Dear Sir,
    I AM A DIRECTOR IN R.KK COSMETICS COMPANY,AND WE HAVE SHORTAGE OF COSMETICS SO WE NEED A COMPETENT COMPANY WHO CAN SUPPLY US A QUALITY COSMETICS.

     

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    ROBERT KANKAM, Feb 13th, 2008 @ 5:50am

    PURCHASING

    Dear Sir,
    Iam manager of SET SETTAL ENTERPRISE,our company deal with COSMETICS,So as at now our company have SHORTAGE COSMETICS c,so we need a company
    who can supply us a quality cosmetics with a reasonable price.
    So you should let me hear from you as soon as possible.
    Regards
    ROBERT/JABBI

     

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    Laura Myers, Oct 29th, 2011 @ 5:12am

    Wholesale Skincare

    I need a company in France interested in buying our skincare wholesale. We are a Paraben Free Company.

     

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