Update on the internet and retailing.June 1, 2012 by Stephen King Freehills have a nice summary of the legal issues for bricks-and-mortar retailers looking at exclusive licensing and other arrangements to lock out internet competition. See here. My previous comments are here. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related 3 Responses to "Update on the internet and retailing." I’m afraid this is all a bit of a joke for people who are already making extensive use of online shopping. I recently tried to buy a spare part and thought I will try a local shop first to give them a chance. The wholesale price they were quoted by the exclusive distributor was more than twice the price I could order it online. How can ACCC have any credibility when this sort of rorting is going on? I feel for the local retailers but they don’t have a hope if they are up against this kind of lock-in. Michael, how does your story suggest the ACCC lacks credibility? You went to a shop who quoted you a high price so you bought it online instead. Good job Michael being a savvy consumer, but unless I’m missing something there’s no issue here for the ACCC. The issue is the retailer was quoted a wholesale price twice the price I was able to buy it online. I’m not sure how to put this another way, the shop didn’t even get to put a cent on top and it was already twice the price I could buy it retail from overseas. I’m not sure if there is any barrier to this shop importing directly from other suppliers, BUT why would they continue ordering from a wholesaler who is so patently charging a huge markup on what wholesalers in other countries are charging? It surely doesn’t take a genius to spot the problem.