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| p.1 #11 · Nikon fined in Switzerland for anti-competitive practices |
I fail to see what's uncompetitive here. Surely, Nikon has a right to restrict sales to only authorised distribution channels? That way, it can fully support the warranty obligations and not suffer reputational damage from warranty or service issues caused by non-authorised dealers.
Lots of manufacturers adopt the same policy worldwide.
That rationale seems tenuous considering that Nikon refuses to service grey market imports, warrantied or otherwise. At least that's the case in the USA.
Not tenuous at all - Put yourself in their shoes. Would you want to offer servicing and warranty to your branded products if you had no control over how they got to a particular market, or who supplied/sold them? I know I wouldn't.
Their shoes Nikon Japan 100% owns Nikon USA. Nikon USA throws a hissy fit if the products don't come through a second profit channel (Nikon USA). Sorry, all other distributors have the same parts stocking and repair staffing costs...so, it shouldn't be an issue, but Nikon USA wants it to be. If our government agencies hadn't been neutered by the previous administrations, this would not exist and neither would MAP (the NEW fair trade) pricing. I'm waiting for Nikon to pull the Concord watch trick (Concord vs Costco) and you won't be able to resell your used Nikon equipment, then you'll be crying...as it is, it is already a "risk" buying used since you don't know for sure who the importer was (not all Nikon USA equipment has serial numbers starting with "US").