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  •  People have been doing this with Mercedes.... (5+ / 0-)

    automobiles for fifty years.

    If they couldn't shut down automobile second sales, how can they do it for books? That the suit has made it to the SCOTUS shows how corrupt our legal system has become.

    •  I thought they did the opposite with luxury cars (0+ / 0-)

      In other words, they bought them in wealthy countries and circumvented the tariff and non-tariff barriers that made them even more expensive in poor countries.

      But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

      by Rich in PA on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:12:20 AM PDT

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      •  Mercedes jacks the price in the US... (0+ / 0-)

        by about $15-30k per car, depending on model, as opposed to the price in Germany. Its a pure rake-off.

        Buyers have been trying all kinds of ways to purchase the car in Europe and then put it on a boat to the US.

        But its legal cat and mouse. Mercedes got a law passed making it illegal to ship a car within 90 days of purchase. So the arbitragers simply warehoused the cars for 90 days. Etc. Etc.

        The free market - unless it infringes on some corporations right to make a monopoly profit.

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