Moscow. June 16. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) is in the process of a case against mobile retailers for price collusion in sales of the iPhone, said on the sidelines of the SPIEF-2016 Deputy Minister Andrey tsarikovskiy.
According to him, the decision will be made within a few days.
“The question now is in the stage of initiation of proceedings. Case with the case laid on my Desk just before leaving for the forum. I arrive and going to look carefully together with the employees,” he said.
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The Federal Antimonopoly service in February of this year, start checking among the major digital retailers due to allegations of collusion in the pricing of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
We are talking about 16 retailers, including Euroset, Svyaznoy, “M. Video”, “Eldorado”, “Technosila”, re:Store, Beeline (owned by OJSC VimpelCom), MegaFon, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), “Mobilend”, Ozon.ru. In addition, the Agency examines official Apple store in Russia Apple Store.
For the treatment of a private individual, the service has analyzed the prices for these smartphones and came to the conclusion that all these retailers cost devices the sixth generation after the start of sales either did not differ or were varied in the range up to nine rubles, or varied only within a couple of days in the period of holding of shares. In particular, the cost of “younger” model iPhone 6S 16 Gb memory volume stood at 56.99 thousand rubles, the “older” model iPhone 6S Plus 128 Gb – 83,99 thousand rubles.
In the investigation the FAS also featured Apple press release, 28 September 2015, which lists the same prices that are currently at retailers.
These facts, according to the FAS indicate that the parties in setting prices did not act independently.
FAS is not the first time suspects the retailers are in a price collusion in sales of the iPhone. In 2012, the service found guilty of “VimpelCom” and MTS in concerted action to establish identical wholesale prices for the iPhone 4. Then the company was fined 18 million rubles and 16 million rubles respectively.
Most retailers approached the FAS, buy iPhone from distributors – “Dijous”, “MERLION”, “Verisel-TREJJDING, OOO, etc. At the same time, the operators “VimpelCom” and “MegaFon”, and also “Coherent”, “Technosila” and re:Store have direct contracts with Apple Inc. using “daughter” LLC “Apple Rus.