Miscellaneous

by Mike Masnick




CD Arbitrage Slapped Down In The UK

from the higher-prices-for-everyone! dept

Because, apparently, fair market values for CDs are just too inexpensive for UK and Irish customers, the recording industry in the UK has slapped down an online company that dared to sell cheaper CDs they ordered from overseas. This is part of the same investigation of Amazon we mentioned a couple of weeks ago - though Amazon still hasn't caved in on the issue. Once again, I don't see how this sort of protectionist policy can stand. The company was simply ordering legal CDs at their fair market value and reselling them elsewhere. That's just good business. However, the UK recording industry wants to keep CD prices artificially high and therefore drive their customers to look for other alternatives (file sharing, ordering their own CDs from overseas, etc.). This does nothing to help the consumer at all.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jan 2004 @ 2:01am

    What if I'm not in the UK or Ireland?

    I'm a CD Wow customer in Finland (where I already pay a levy on blank CDs to cover the fact that obviously they're all used for copying...) Now, because the BPI has a go at CD Wow, I end up paying 2 more for the CDs I buy. CD Wow used to charge me 9 for a product that costs 14 here. (I'll wait a week for delivery for that much saving!) Which part of this is actually encouraging me to go and buy more music and support their new artists?! When will they learn...

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