Re: Having Writers Block

Subject: Re: Having Writers Block
From: Mark Pundurs <mark -at- INSTALLSHIELD -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 08:22:13 -0600

Chuck Brandstater wrote:

>>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.

?? "Price-fixing" requires that _each_ party agree _not_ to
set a price lower than the other's. In my example, not only
is David making _no_ decision based on Yvonne's pricing,
but Yvonne may well be noting David's price _in_order_to_
set a lower price.

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