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Independent UK retailers call for legislation against superstores

Friday, 2nd October 2009 17:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Independent UK retailers are hopping mad at supermarket stores like Tesco and Asda, which are running specials on FIFA 10 for half its recommended retail price.

So mad, that an outcry for legislation to prevent the below cost selling is being shouted.

“It’s bully boy pricing really,” Chips MD Don McCabe told GI.biz. “Other countries have laws against this selling at a loss for very good reason.

“Once they’ve got the whole market they’ll expand their profits, reduce the choice and screw the suppliers,” said McCabe. The only thing that can be done is what other countries have, which is to recognize the insidious march of the supermarkets model is detrimental to the consumer ultimately.”

There’s more of back and forth there through the link. You should go have a read.

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9 Comments

  1. Jadeskye

    Welcome to competition bitches!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Enkeixpress

    Indeed, Jadeskye :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DARKFiB3R

    How much of a loss are supermarkets making on each sale?

    How much profit are retailers making form each sale?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Chips can talk about robbing consumers, the price of all their stuff is way off the fucking charts.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Jadeskye

    I’ll be at tesco when modern warfare 2 hits sale date with my clubcard in hand and praying for a price below £45.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. lovemoose

    He should count his lucky fucking stars he’s not a dairy farmer.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. bugmenot

    He’s referring to predatory pricing(loss leading sales) not low profit margins when he says the supermarkets are charging less for games. Once the supermarkets have the market to themselves they’ll stop with the crazy discounts. To be honest i cant see them being as expensive as chips though but damaging hmv, and Game’s business would geniunely be harmful to the consumer.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    I agree with him, there should be some form of legislation to stop these unfair practices. Competition is good, the big guy squeezing the little guy out of business is not.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. ianos

    On one hand I can’t help but agree – competition keeps things healthy, Tesco are evil and kill babies etc.

    But on the other hand: FIFA 10 for £25? Yeah, okay then.

    #9 5 years ago

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