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Old Republic parallel imports okay, says BioWare

Gamers in Australia have been reassured that they’ll be able to log into Star Wars: The Old Republic server ahead of the game’s official Australian ship date. The company is pursuing a strategy of staggered launches, either as a hype-raising marketing ploy or to give it time to roll out local servers, a decision that had been …
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Oz tech retailer threatens parallel import strategy

The phrase “grey market” is about to get a word-of-the-day workout, with tech retailer JB Hi-Fi becoming the latest company to eye parallel importation as a survival strategy in the face of online competition from overseas. As The Register noted back in January, local bricks-and-mortar retailers are squeezed by manufacturers …
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Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz

With retailers in Australia getting shafted by vendors and consumers alike, it’s hardly surprising that the "Iron Curtain" of channel control is starting to fall. With it, price discrimination – the “hell, Aussies will pay anything” thinking that’s set prices for imported goods since time immemorial – is also breaking down, and …
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Court of Appeal challenges parallel import blocking

Brand owners may have less power to prevent sales in Europe of goods intended for other markets after a ruling by England's Court of Appeal this week. The judgment over the sale of Sun-branded disk drives is likely to be welcomed by independent resellers. In 2009 Sun Microsystems won the right to block the sale of 64 disk drives …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2010
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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

eBay has launched a “grass roots” campaign to defend America’s first sale doctrine, as a Supreme Court hearing approaches that could subject second-hand and resale trades to the approval of rights-holders. The online auctioneer is lobbying in defense of the first sale doctrine, and has launched “eBay Main Street” to mobilize its …

Customs contradicts vendors over IT pricing

The Australian Information Industry Association’s claim that customs duty contributes to high IT prices in this country has been flatly contradicted by the Australian Customs Service. Customs, whose submission to the IT price inquiry being conducted by the Australian parliament at the urging of MP Ed Husic has been published …
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HP crosses out parallel trader

HP has wrapped up one of three lawsuits it has filed against channel firms in the last 18 months for "grey market" trading. It also imposed more red tape on its official partners, requiring them to "track product serial numbers on all sales and delivery documentation" so it can tell easily if they have been selling grey goods …
Mark Ballard, 31 May 2006
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Vendors responsible for ‘Aussie Tax’: Choice

Australian consumer group Choice has pointed the bone at vendors for the infamous “Aussie tax”, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into IT Pricing. Having studied the price of software, hardware, downloads and games in the Australian market, Choice has noted that Microsoft seems to want Australian developers to call by …
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Kogan sparks new controversy

In a move that’s certain to spark hot debate, serial controversialist and electronics retailer Kogan has announced that customers can buy kit from Apple, Nikon, Canon and Samsung from its site. As the company coyly describes its new offerings, it is sourcing the brand-name kit “higher up in the supply chain, and selling direct …
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Cheapskate Aussie net-shoppers safe from GST for now

Australia’s Productivity Commission has released its report into the Australian retail industry, and finds that while this country’s 10% goods and service tax should apply to low-value international purchases made over the Internet, collection would be too expensive. Since the Australian dollar began appreciating in value, …
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This is what Microsoft said about grey imports in 1998

This article was published on The Register in March 1998. Last year, Levi Strauss & Co refused to allow UK supermarket chain Tesco to stock its denims. The jeans manufacturer had spent years and millions of pounds persuading the Great British public to stump up £50 for a pair for the privilege of wearing the brand. And it saw …
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2001
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Facebook fuels Israeli cottage cheese insurgency

Facebook has once again been deployed in support of a Middle-Eastern insurgency, this time aimed at bringing down the tyrannical pricing of Israeli cottage cheese. Israelis are none too impressed that the cost of their favourite curd product has rocketed since the government loosened price controls last year. For example, the …
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2011
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Grey marketing is great - if you're the importer...

Let's face it: those of us who are in the distribution channel (and that means the distribution channel for absolutely anything, not just tech goods) are in a bit of a bind when we start to discuss grey or parallel imports. For we're absolutely outraged at the idea that anyone might try to bring in cheaper versions from other …
Tim Worstall, 13 Dec 2010
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Pyramid flies white flag in Microsoft grey market row

Microsoft has settled a copyright infringement dispute with UK-based Pyramid Distribution over so-called "parallel importing". Neither firm was willing to provide financial details of the High Court settlement, but according to Microsoft, Lancs-based Pyramid admitted liability for selling tens of thousands in volume of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2007

Microsoft UK cracks another head over grey software

Microsoft has collared another pirate in the UK for flogging grey software on eBay. The software giant has scored £35,000 in damages against an internet trader for copyright violations and illegally importing cheap American software to Europe. R J Campbell and his company R J Campbell Ltd, which traded as "Software Price Beater …
Austin Modine, 02 Oct 2007
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CD WOW! fined for contempt of court

A group of record labels has won its High Court case against online music retailer CD WOW!, which was found to have infringed copyright and been in contempt of court over an earlier order. That offence is called parallel importing and involves a breach of copyright. CD WOW! had previously promised to a court not to engage in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Mar 2007
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Digital download markets: cut up and segregated

In recent years there has been a worldwide move towards “free” trade. Arguably there have been winners and losers from this process. One winner has been consumers in Western countries who enjoy purchasing content like music, film, games and software. In my home country, Australia, one of the success stories of the late 1990s …
Alex Malik, 16 Nov 2005
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Sun UK resellers under email siege

Sun Microsystems' hard-pressed UK reseller channel suffered another indignity today, when the company messed up its email group pricertool_external_emea@sun.com, apparently by making it an outside-world addressable alias. We'll let one reader take up the story: It all kicked off when Sun sent an email warning of an impending …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2002
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Oz legit downloads fail, and fail again

Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the first of a two part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps …
Alex Malik, 08 Aug 2005