morettir - 8:58 pm on Jun 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I am opening a store selling regionally made widgets, targeting buyers outside my region. I have several manufacturers selling to me, but I only have about 10 different products now. I would like my store to look a little more "full". There are a couple manufacturers who have told me they would not sell to me due to direct competition. These manufacturer do sale wholesale to other brick & mortar stores, just not to online retailers.
I am thinking that to make my store look a little more "full", I can purchase these items at retail somewhere and list them slightly higher than others are selling it for. This would make my store look a little "fuller" and if I do actually sell one of these items, I would still make a profit. I don't intend to sell many of these items, but it would be good filler to make profit on my other widgets.
Does anyone know if the manufacturer can legally stop me from selling their product that I bought at retail? Could I be sued for this?