French paper Les Échos reports [Google translation, through SlashGear] that investigators with the country’s Competition Authority raided the offices of Apple’s French arm last week as component of an examination into the business’s treatment of its resellers. According to the report, the agency is exploring whether Apple provides preferential treatment for its own outlets while disadvantaging independent retailers selling Apple products.
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The examination was stimulated by grievances from reseller eBizcuss, which had sued Apple in late 2011, charging that product lacks, line of credit lowers, and required shop upgrades were making it almost impossible for independent merchants to survive. eBizcuss stopped operations in 2012.
Today’s report shows that investigators browsed the offices of Apple France, as well as those of numerous distributors, taking papers addressing Apple’s relationships with those distributors and ultimately resellers.
In addition to the debate over Apple’s therapy of its resellers, French authorities are likewise examining the behavior of not just Apple however likewise Amazon and Google for ‘lock-in’ on their application marketplaces that make it tough for customers to change platforms. That examination has actually apparently been driven by Apple’s move to increase the minimum selling prices of paper and magazine material, a step that’s actually evidently left some developers feeling trapped in between Apple’s policies and their consumer bases locked into the iOS platform.