Not being able to buy overpriced Apple and Beats branded tat online.
It's a disgrace.
Italy's competition authority has fined Apple and Amazon €200m after deciding the pair colluded to unfairly restrict the supply of Apple products and Beats headphones in the Euro nation. At issue was a contract between Apple and Amazon, signed October 31, 2018, that restricted the sale of Cupertino's electronics and Beats- …
But who really cares? People who buy this stuff were clearly lucky to ever get together with their money in the first place. That Dr Dre or Tim Cook take it and stick it in their pockets is just restoring balance.
For any fashion brand product, there's a cheaper product that does the same thing out there for less.
Tried buying SanDisk memory cards on Amazon
You can see Apple's point. Apple own Beats, if they choose not to sell.on Amazon, or to be the only seller, you know that if you buy Beats in an Apple store or from Apple's Amazon store they are genuine.
If every Dell Boy is allowed to sell Beats on Amazon then 90% will be fake, and even if you buy from Apple, Amazon will co-mingle stock so you are likely to get fakes
I think you're missing the problem. Apple stopped Amazon selling Beats from authorised resellers. If amazon wants to stop del boy beats it just blocks anyone not authorised from selling beats. Problem solved. In fact Amazon could do that with a lot of stock but it chooses not to so it can make more money.
It's funny that the regulators are focusing on tiny non-issues instead of addressing the real problem - like big corporations paying less tax than SMEs - in effect having a huge competitive advantage.
If competition authority was serious, they should just ban the business until it stops using tax avoidance structures and pays taxes like everyone else.
I think the fact they used Royal Mail to deliver the tests back to the test centre from post boxes tells you everything you need to know without being silly about it. Royal Mail quite obviously wasn't up to the task of doing both. Amazon provably, consistently and reliably do next day delivery. Royal Mail, not so much in my experience. Not everything is a conspiracy.
Depends where in the world you live. I'm in Canada, but Saskatchewan is considered to be the middle of nowhere by the powers that decree where shipping centers go, so that "next day" delivery doesn't always happen. If it comes out of a center in Calgary or Vancouver, yes, but not if it comes out of the East end of the country - it isn't like they're going to air-ship your pair of socks. *LOL*
When I was semi-permanently living in France (pre-Brexit), on the few occasions I ordered from Amazon, they never managed their next day delivery promise if ordered before xx o'oclock. The reason being that although their fulfilment centre is less than 250km by road, their logistics insist on sending everything via Paris, Lyon then St. Etienne. A round trip of well over 1500km along with several transfers along the way. Usually they took 3-4 days. The record was 8 days because there was some local flooding between Lyon and St.Etienne, which is a route they never should have used in the first place.
Beats, some Bose all fashion brands.
Quick look on Amazon
Sennheiser - great
Sony - they do some good ones
Shure - sure there are some.
Lots of other good brands including a lot I have not heard of but a quick search says good, some I sort of heard of eg Grado.
Plenty of decent headphones there.
Sennheiser user myself.