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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered an antitrust investigation into Apple’s business practices. Issued on New Year’s Eve, the order was made in response to a single complaint by an activist group called “Together We Fight Society” that appears not to have a website and, according to its Twitter account has a …

  1. big_D Silver badge

    They might only have 2% market share, but they still have a 100% monopoly on app sales onto iOS devices.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "[Apple] resists changes to its business practices"

    Oh that it does, but that wall will crumble. The more countries call Apple's position into question, the more trouble it will have ignoring the issue.

    And please, your online souk is not comparable to real-world resellers. The one major, vastly important difference is that you don't need to restock. You have one item, and you sell it and resell and resell it again and again and again. The other difference is that you don't know shoplifting, which is a clear budget line in the real world.

    So, based on these two differences alone, you have no right to claim a 30% fee.

    Then there's the fact that you serve millions with one store and a handful of personnel. If you had to box those apps and sell them on shelves, you would have to have thousands of stores, with the buildings and personnel count that would be associated to them, not to mention supply line costs.

    So really, your argument is pure hogwash.

    But hey, we know all about your Reality Distortion Field. Enjoy it while it still lasts.

    1. a_yank_lurker

      Re: "[Apple] resists changes to its business practices"

      Actually this is broader than a Fruity company. If the regulators are able to force a major change in how app stores are run this will affect others going forward. They will need to also comply with the regulations.

  3. aldolo

    in the real world?

    apps and phones are the real world

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: in the real world?

      Nothing wrong with a hotmail account - had one for years!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wow. Really? 50% overhead just for the retailer is normal in Apple's world view?

    Hate to break it to you there in Cupertino, but your ivory tower viewpoint on the subject bears very little resemblence to the reality of the outside world... most stores are lucky to eek out a 10-15% margin on sales, and count themselves lucky to do so.

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