Re: 56K / X2 pricing

David Keller ( (no email) )
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 13:46:42 -0600


Did you have too much coffee today? :-) Lighten up...will ya?

> From: Lee Levitt <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: 56K / X2 pricing
> Date: Thursday, June 19, 1997 7:51 AM
> At 08:37 AM 6/19/97 -0400, you wrote:
> >That is correct; price fixing would only apply if the participants were
> >large enough to control an entire market, such as AT&T, MCI, Sprint in
> >distance service.
> Um, no.
> If two gas station owners get together over coffee or on a mailing list
> decide that premium is going to go for $1.49, that's price fixing. It has
> *nothing* to do with free speech or the forum on which it's conducted. If
> the *intent* is to offer similar pricing it doesn't matter where or how
> why or who. If you agree with *any* of your competitors to offer
> pricing, that's price fixing. And you pay a fine and/or go to jail.
> You're certainly allowed to *watch* the competition to see how they price
> their products and services. You can even match them to the penny. But
> you go across the street and say "How about $1.49?" then you've stepped
> over the line.
> If two ISPs decide that $20/call is what they're going to charge for tech
> support calls, *that's* price fixing too. And you pay a fine and/or go to
> jail.
> If you don't believe me call your lawyer. If you don't have one, get one.
> Soon.
> And if you're going to talk about price setting, don't do it on a public
> and traceable forum such as this list. Do it over coffee. Best of luck to
> you. :)
> Can we end this discussion now?
> Lee
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