Did you know you can't set the retail price or a minimum price that a franchisee, distributor or a retailer must charge?
Many people are surprised about this.
Australia's competition laws want competition in the market place. If a fanchisor, manufacturer, wholesaler etc sets a retail price or says you can't charge below a minimum price then that will not encourage competition.
You can set a maximum price because that will encourage competition and get a better bargain for consumers.
Even being a party to an agreement allowing price fixing can be unlawful!
I often read franchise and distribution agreements which could potentially fall afoul of the law.
It is possible to make an application to the ACCC to allow certain action including retail price fixing in some circumstances. This is done by a notification. If the ACCC does not object within 14 days then the parties may engage in the action outlined in the nofication.
I strongly suggest you obtain legal advice and assistance with these notifications.
A recent example*:
*ACCC media release No. 93/2019
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