Is there still such a thing as "restraint of trade"?

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    All this talk about Sub-Zero service changes and no help for the dedicated services they have hurt! Why is it that a Sub-Zero distributor dictate to other manufacturers such as Asko, Scotsmen, Best and others not to sell an independent dealer. How can Sub-Zero get away with promises to certain dealers to protect territories and strong arming other dealers? How about when a loyal 20 yr + dealer takes on an obscure brand, such as maybe Fabia , and gets told either get it off your floor or we pull Sub? Bullies need to be punished.

    The Advisor

    There’s lots of Restraining of Trade in the appliance business (UMRP for one), but it has been the decision on high, that most it is legal.

    Appliance Stallion

    kenny1..I feel your pain. When I branched off with my own company I was told by distributors and dealers that if they took my product some of the other lines would drop them. I was told the same thing by suppliers. Unfortunately as Denzel Washington so aptly explained¬† ” it is not what you know but what you can prove ” It is a dirty way to do business but probably has happened for years. I don’t know what the situation is with SZ and I am not saying they did anything nor am I implying. I am just telling yoiu my experience and it happens all the time. I was forced to use second and sometimes third level customers and it eventually broke me because they did not pay and did a lousy job of selling in most cases. Some even went to jail for other issues they had. I got past that and I can only say there is a dirty part of the business that some people don’t ever want to talk about. Good luck.

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