The agreement includes the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India. Now, only Apple-authorized resellers are allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon's marketplace.
Sally Hubbard, an antitrust expert and Director of Enforcement Strategy at the OpenMarkets Institute, told The Verge that the Apple-Amazon agreement may be a violation of antitrust laws that deal with anticompetitive behavior such as pricing and illegal market sharing.
"You are not allowed to agree with another company to put a floor on your prices," she said. "When you have these brands and a dominant retailer like Amazon, and Amazon says, & # 39; We're going to make sure that anyone who sells below your prices can't get authorization to sell on your platform anymore, & # 39; is basically a pricing agreement between a dominant retailer and a brand, and it is illegal under the Sherman Antitrust Act Section 1