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Re: OT: mass installation on XBox



On  0, Klaus Imgrund <claus.imgrund@terra.com.br> wrote:
> On Thu, 03 Oct 2002 17:06:04 -0500
> Alex Malinovich <demonbane@the-love-shack.net> wrote:
[snip]
> > Unfortunately, I think that MS could make a justifiable claim that
> > they are losing money. X-Boxen are sold below cost for maximum market
> > pentration. The idea being that those costs and more will be recouped
> > through game sales. If the systems in question are not being used to
> > run games, and if no games are purchased for them, this would cause a
> > loss to MS. A judge who's more concerned about business than plain old
> > right and wrong (and those are too common for my liking) would
> > probably rule in MS's favor. But, much like everyone else who has
> > replied on this thread, IANAL.
> > 
> > -Alex
> > 
> Let me see if I got that right,
> 
> I sell you 100.- bucks for 80.- then I sue you if you don't buy any
> other of my products that make up for my loss - all I got to do after
> that is to find some judge and attorney that are willing to take up the
> case? If that is really the case now in the U.S. something is slightly
> more than screwed up. If somebody sells a product below cost it
> shouldn't be the responsibility of the justice system and finally the
> taxpayer to secure that there are no losses. If somebody sells a product
> that is not secure - same story. If somebody leaves his car unlocked
> with the keys in the ignition and the thing gets stolen nobody is going
> to pay for it. Why are there other rules for M$ ???

IANAL but this sort of thing is certainly disallowed in Australia by
the Trade Practices Act.  It falls under the definition of
'preferential selling' or something of that sort.

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Tom Cook
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