---- US Supreme Court allows minimum price requirements
thecoalman - 12:05 am on Aug 11, 2007 (gmt 0)
What's more likely to happen is that the manufacturers, to get the volume business, will probably set the floor price to what the WalMarts of the world want and give WalMart the big discount for volume purchases. The rest of the stores in the world will have that same floor pricing yet pay MORE for the same merchandise and get squeezed out in the middle, maybe worse than they are now.
Wal-Mart already forces manufacturers to do this. Before Wal-Mart the manufacturers held the cards, if you wanted to sell their product you had to deal with them under their terms. That has shifted and Wal-Mart holds all the cards. Either deal with them at the prices they want or they won't sell your product.
This might be quite a good thing especially if the products are offered to the mom and pops at the same price Wal-Mart is paying.