Originally Posted by Dardog
I must have missed something. What price jump are you talking about?
I can tell you what he is talking about. I had been quoted a price in the mid-threes by my dealer in later December. Yesterday I was ready to pull the trigger and I called my dealer. When I talked to my rep and said I was ready to buy she said she was sorry but she could not honor the price she had given me. She said that she had just received notice from Epson that she had to sell it at no lower than $3999. Naturally I was very upset, I had a deal and now no go. She could tell I was really upset and that I did not really believe what she was saying. I told her that I thought that had to be illegal because in my opinion that would most definitely be pricing fixing. She offered to send the notice which she did---read it and weep--I think it is price fixing because as she told me if they did not comply they would lose the line. She said although Epson would never actually say upfront that they would lose the line it is well understood that would be the outcome--- so they enforce what I think is their price fixing scheme by the silent threat of the dealer losing the line.
EPSON'S UNILATERAL MINIMUM RESALE PRICE POLICY
POWERLITE CINEMA PRODUCTS
This amends the Epson Unilateral Minimum Resale price (UMRP) policy for Epson's
PowerLite Cinema projectors (UMRP Products).
Effective December 21, 2007, the minimum resale prices for Epson's new and existing
PowerLite Cinema projectors will be as stated below.
As a reminder, all communications with retailers regarding Epson's UMRP policy will be written
and come directly from Epson's Director of Sales Operations. Epson's sales representatives
and other sales employees do not have the authority to change or explain the UMRP policy or to
take action with respect to any non-compliance. Epson will unilaterally make all decisions
regarding the UMRP policy. All communications between resellers and Epson regarding the
unilateral minimum resale price policy should be submitted in writing as follows:
Attention: UMRP Inquiry
Sales Operations Director
Fax No. (562) 290-4323
The UMRP policy is neither an agreement nor an offer to enter an agreement. Epson will not
ask for, or accept, any agreements or assurances regarding compliance with this policy.
Prices for New and Existing UMRP Products
Product Minimum Resale Price
PowerLite Pro Cinema 810 $1599.99
PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 (MB) $3499.99
PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB $3999.99
Silicon Opticx HQV Video Processor $2999.99
Panamorph Anamorphic Lens Kit $4999.99