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Russians say Apple guilty of price-fixing

by on15 March 2017

And run by homosexuals

The Russian government has found the fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple guilty of running a price fixing racket.

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 price 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.

Apple kept up this practice for three months.

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 percent 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.

Apple has the right to challenge the ruling during the next three months, but as we pointed out, the company said nothing and probably thinks it is better to stay quiet.

Apple’s presence in Russia has never been great. This is partly because the Russians can’t see the point in paying over the odds for expensive gear and partly because the homophobic government considers the company immoral for allowing itself to be run by a gay CEO.

Last modified on 15 March 2017
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