Freesat price fixing

prowla
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Is price fixing still a thing?
I've been looking at getting a Freesat box, but the prices are exactly the same from every retailer:
  • Non-recording: £145.00
  • 500 GB: £229.99
  • 1 TB: £259.99
  • 2 TB:£299.99

Price fixing

You must not discuss the prices you’re going to charge your customers with your competitors.

You’ll be breaking the law if you agree with another business:

  • to charge the same prices to your customers
  • to offer discounts or increase your prices at the same time
  • to charge the same fees to intermediaries, for example retailers selling your products


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  • MorningcoffeeIV
    MorningcoffeeIV Posts: 1,872
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    edited 3 February at 10:15AM
    Where is your evidence of price fixing?

    It looks like the usual RRP approach that applies to millions of products.

    It's a mature market where I doubt people are fighting for significant sales volume.
  • booneruk
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    edited 3 February at 10:16AM
    I'm not sure it's price fixing, can it be when there are more expensive boxes? (https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=2TB+Freesat&i=electronics&ref=nb_sb_noss_2). Those all seem to be a different manufacturer & model than the 2TB model I'm repeatedly finding at £299. I'd guess that the £299 box is at its RRP.
  • prowla
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    edited 3 February at 12:01PM
    Where is your evidence of price fixing?

    It looks like the usual RRP approach that applies to millions of products.

    It's a mature market where I doubt people are fighting for significant sales volume.

    Maybe my suspicion-o-meter is just twitching because they're all the same price then!
    The Freesat ones are the only recording models which work with the Sky Q LNB.

  • prowla
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    edited 3 February at 12:05PM
    booneruk said:
    I'm not sure it's price fixing, can it be when there are more expensive boxes? (https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=2TB+Freesat&i=electronics&ref=nb_sb_noss_2). Those all seem to be a different manufacturer & model than the 2TB model I'm repeatedly finding at £299. I'd guess that the £299 box is at its RRP.

    Hmmm - those Humax and Manhatten ones aren't the same item and they don't have the same functionality, so they're not directly competing products.


  • The_Unready
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    edited 3 February at 2:33PM
    The only discount I found when I was looking for a Freesat recordable 2Tb box last month was for a refurbished model, which was £50 cheaper (which I  bought).
  • sheslookinhot
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    I thought this recently about a Sony TV I am interested in. Every retailer, about 7, are the exact same price even moving up and down by the same £100/£200.

    One retailer told me that Sony dictate the price.
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  • JSmithy45AD
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    I thought this recently about a Sony TV I am interested in. Every retailer, about 7, are the exact same price even moving up and down by the same £100/£200.

    One retailer told me that Sony dictate the price.
    The manufactures set a RRP generally and will sell to retailers at a certain price per unit under that, if the retailers all sell at that price then that's not price fixing.
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