The Wall Street Journal is covering developments in the gathering battle between manufacturers and retailers / discounters, especially online ones, over minimum prices. Earlier this year the Supreme Court upheld the right of manufacturers to enforce price floors
for their products. Since then, manufacturers have increasingly been employing service companies like NetEnforcers
to snitch on discounters
who offer goods below "minimum advertised prices" (or MAPs), and to send DMCA takedown notices to the likes of eBay and Craigslist for below-minimum offers. Separately, the Journal reports that a coalition of discounters and retailers is using eBay as a stalking-horse
in a campaign to get consumers, and then politicians, fired up enough to pass legislation outlawing MAPs.