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Russian anti-monopoly agency finds Apple guilty of price-fixing with the iPhone

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Russian anti-monopoly agency finds Apple guilty of price-fixing with the iPhone
Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has found Apple guilty of price-fixing various Apple iPhone units that were sold through 16 local retailers in the country. According to the FAS, Apple set the pricing for the iPhones sold at these stores. Any retailer found selling the handsets at prices lower than the amounts set by Apple, would be told to get back in line, or lose their sales agreement with the tech titan. Apple allegedly kept up this practice for three months. To discover exactly which iPhone models were involved, read the portion of the official FAS statement that we translated below.

While Apple has yet to comment on the ruling, the top man on the FAS totem pole says that the company has been cooperating with the agency. According to Andrey Tsarikovsky, Apple has cooperated and has "has adopted the necessary measures to eliminate violations of the law and is pursuing a policy to prevent similar violations in the future." Apple could end up having to pay a fine equal to 15% of its sales in Russia.

"The investigation revealed that since the start of official sales in Russia of the Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, most resellers installed the same prices on them as recommended by Apple Rus and supported them for about 3 months. At the same time, Apple Rus monitored retail prices for Apple iPhone smartphones installed by resellers in online stores and retail outlets, and, in case of setting "unsuitable" prices, the Russian subsidiary Apple sent emails to resellers with a request to change them. Also, compliance with recommended retail prices by resellers could be due to the provisions of contracts between Apple Rus and resellers."-FAS statement, translated

Apple has the right to challenge the ruling during the next three months, but as we pointed out, the company has been mum on the whole affair. Thus, we have no idea whether it will fight the Federal Antimonopoly Service.

source: FAS (translated) via 9to5Mac

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posted on 15 Mar 2017, 03:05 2

1. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2388; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


[insert obligatory Apple hate comment here, followed by obligatory Apple defending reply]

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 03:09 5

2. funky013 (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Jun 2016)


Not surprised

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 05:17 3

3. iushnt (Posts: 1955; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


One doesn't simply become a big company without being a crook.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 05:32 1

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 22997; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bad Apple. 15 minutes in time out.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 05:59

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 6338; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Its a known fact they fix the price globally. In fact if a currency drop they would adjust the price higher before putting it back on shelf.

Its good business sense. Nothing wrong with it.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:06

9. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 764; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


Good business sense unless the local government thinks otherwise or violates their laws, then it's illegal.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 12:35

11. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Pretty much this.

What Apple is doing sounds like a good business sense in concept, but it also can be illegal, depending on the law in each country, and Russia happens to be one of them.

But hey, I am pretty sure Apple was already aware that Russia's law prohibits that price-fixing practice... no?
Yet, Apple did it nonetheless.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 06:33

6. liberalsnowflake (banned) (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Feb 2017)


Maybe Russians must buy devices which are powered by sailfish os.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 08:33 2

7. remixfa (Posts: 14477; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, at least no factory workers died in this week's apple scandal.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:05 1

8. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 764; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


I find it funny that Apple pushes back whenever a US or European government agency is breathing down it's neck. Whenever it's a foreign government agency, specially a Chinese or Russian one they are a whole lot more "cooperative" in the matter.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 12:23

10. smoked_2na (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Mar 2017)


[ Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service ] isn't that an ox·y·mo·ron?

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