The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) suspected Russian retail network in preliminary collusion in setting prices on the latest models of iPhone. We are talking about the iPhone XS iPhone XS Max, which was shown to the public on September 12. As representatives of FAS, the regulator will consider this case in the near future.
“We received a complaint from a citizen of possible coordination of pricing from distributors of Apple smartphones, which could lead to the establishment of uniform retail prices on gadgets”, — reports the press service of the Ministry.
In that case, if collusion indeed took place, against the retailers can be prosecuted, in the course of which, retailers can be fined a decent amount.
As far as we know, the validation will concern only the prices for the iPhone XS iPhone XS Max. As iPhone XR will go on sale much later, the investigation into the price of this smartphone will not be held. At the moment, the flagship, you can pre-order on Apple’s official website or in the Russian retail networks. Actual smartphone sales will start later — on September 28.
The Federal Antimonopoly service and had previously accused the retail network in the preliminary agreement. In 2016, the FAS acknowledged, OOO “eppl Rus” guilty in the coordination of the prices for such smartphones as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The regulator fined the Russian office of Apple to 1.75 million rubles.
Recall that the basic cost iPhone XS at the official online store of the company is 87 990 rubles. As for the iPhone XS is the Max this model can be purchased from 96990 rubles. Despite the high price, the number of pre-orders in Russia, breaking records, exceeding the result of iPhone X for the same period.
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