First Europe-wide survey on online-trade sales bans

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Have you been affected by a manufacturer banning you from selling your products or restricting how you can sell them and imposing restrictions for trading online? Where you a BigJigs or The Puppet Company retailer and are now unable to sell their products?

Choice in eCommerce have announced the first Europe-wide survey on online-trade sales bans. With this survey, they aim to uncover the facts about sales bans and their consequences and will be highlighting the results in the media. The survey is already running in Germany, launches today in the UK, with a French and Italian version to follow next week.

If you’ve been affected by restrictive trade practices the fill out the survey which will only take a couple of minutes. The higher the number of participants in the survey, the more representative and hence meaningful will be the outcome and of course the higher the profile the issue will receive in the press.

13 Responses

  1. I only know of two suppliers that do this, one is a gift supply called RJB STONE, they also started a retail arm of the company with a website and high street stores then banned the sale of their goods on Amazon as they sell on there direct.

    This kind of practice is not good but with the toy retailers and others that are trying to protect the price of goods perhaps it’s a good thing?

  2. I won’t be signing it, even eBay are emailing me to fill in the dam form.

    Everyone along the chain needs to make a decent wedge.

    What manufacturing experience has Oliver Prothmann got?

  3. Fashion retailer AX Paris restricted my business from being allowed to sell on Amazon + Ebay

    They sell on Amazon directly themselves.. disappointing as I also stuck to the rrp to maintain the standards.

  4. There are hobby manufacturers who will not supply new product to online only retailers. They require that their stockists have bricks and mortar outlets, that is a shop open to the general public, not a warehouse closed to the general public. They do allow these bricks and mortar outlets to sell online.

    The standard claim made for the refusal to open a trade account for online only retailers is that bricks and mortar outlets promote the hobbies and help them to grow and online only outlets do not.

  5. Another issue is credit risk.

    Some of these online morons in the race to bottom are a terrible credit risk.

    Sensible pricing doesn’t just benefit the manufacturer.

  6. I am all for this, bring on the ban
    I own a shop with big overheads.
    I get customer coming in looking at my products then going home to buy them online, from losser selling them from there bedroom that do not pay any rates, insurance or staff.
    Seliing on e-bay down grades the product, its all right for second hand shit.



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