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Subject:Re: Having Writers Block From:"Accentuated Brandname Creativity, Inc." <acreatyv -at- SATURN -dot- NET> Date:Fri, 17 Jan 1997 20:40:00 -0500
>How is asking about competitors' pricing 'not competing?'
>If the manager of Yvonne's Grocery goes into David's Grocery
>to check his prices, is she not competing?
*This* is a no-no: it's the first step toward price-fixing, one
of the anti-trust violations. This does not mean that comparing
rates is always improper, but you've hit on an example that is.
> If you and Yvonne
>both bid on a job, and the client asked Yvonne 'How can you ask
>$N when David only asks $0.8N,' is that 'anti-competitive?'
No. This is okay.
>How does "fair competition" depend on ignorance of
It doesn't. The issue where those laws are concerned is collusion
(generally assuming considerable market share among those colluding),
not awareness. IOW, in the context we're discussing, anti-trust
is not a factor.