Italy slaps Amazon and Apple with €200 million anti-trust fines

23 November 2021
An agreement from 2018 between the two limited who can sell Apple and Beats on Amazon.it, reducing competition.

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For those companies 200 millions is like for me 20 cents.

    Anonymous, 23 Nov 2021yes but you moan about not wanting all american tech compan... moreAre you stoned or somthing or simply jyst a US citizen justifying your rotten country.
    All this stuff you say here, i did not say.

    I dont like China or US at all, worst countries.
    But no matter who they are, they have to follow the law and this is about American companies, not Chinese. Try keep your focus.

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      • 23 Nov 2021

      SHAZAMM, 23 Nov 2021Becuse china prices are reasonable and more affordable...am... moreAnd thus the world sold their body and soul to china.

      I understand stuff needs to be cheap, but damn the world is so extremely dependent on China it is quite ridiculous.

      People claim US is the most powerful country on the world, but the same second I start to laugh and tell people to think for a second what would happen if China closed their doors for us.

      Countries around the world should start doing more regional production, relying on China as much we do is beyond stupid, the whole world is betting on that one single horse all the time, and the moment that goes wrong we all end up in a mess.

      But no, people need cheap stuff, the cheaper the "better" and thus things will never happen, it would be so much better if companies around the world would spread their production, instead relying on China or other "cheap" countries.

      But the fault of this all are we the consumers...

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        • 23 Nov 2021

        Italy was like, we need money.

        Italy looks at Amazon and Apple.

        Jokes aside (yes it is a joke) they both deserve that at least, trow in other companies like Google or Facebook in there too.

          Anonymous, 23 Nov 2021yes but you moan about not wanting all american tech compan... moreBecuse china prices are reasonable and more affordable...american prices are not..and their quality is worst than china's, but their prices are higher...makes no sense...americans are just a bunch of bullies.

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            • 23 Nov 2021

            But when guv breaks Nuremberg code is ok? Or the bill of rights?

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              • 23 Nov 2021

              BigDisplay, 23 Nov 2021Those big "especially" American firms, do exactly... moreyes but you moan about not wanting all american tech companies, but you are fine with all chinese tech companies .
              why so prejudice against america in general, you don't like prejudice against china but fine with it against america ?

                Anonymous, 23 Nov 2021Italy running short on money, they need to make some money ... moreYou never heard about laws before?
                Or do you live in a outlaw country?

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                  • 23 Nov 2021

                  Z, 23 Nov 2021Yeah but it could forewarn future actions, such as banning ... moreI use apple along with my samsung, but I am not bothered if say one of them got hardware sales in my country blocked.
                  I would just shift to another company which are in stock in the local city.

                  thankfully a small store for xiaomi has opened up, so that means at least one more brand in the local market for me to choose from.

                  amazon wise, I would never shop there again anyway

                    Those big "especially" American firms, do exactly what the want to do, no respect for laws at all... They should be banned instead, that would hurt.

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                      • 23 Nov 2021

                      Z, 23 Nov 2021Yeah but it could forewarn future actions, such as banning ... moreI agree, I am not against companies having to play fair and abide by rules.
                      I just think the fines should reflect the earning power and value of the companies, the 2 mentioned can easily afford this amount.

                      but as you say , it's hopefully a warning to them and others

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                        Anonymous, 23 Nov 2021it isn't going to hurt apple or amazon though, that am... moreYeah but it could forewarn future actions, such as banning their hardware sales in Italy (and maybe the EU as well)

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                          Z, 23 Nov 2021Nope, they're hitting corporations where it hurts, and... moreWhere, in their petty cash funds? This doesn't hurt them at all.

                            MagicMonkeyBoy, 23 Nov 2021Should use aliexpress or something... Amazon is insanely ex... moreYeah, keep polluting with AliExpress until the end of the world...

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                              • 23 Nov 2021

                              Vikass17, 23 Nov 2021But it's not the first time , there are thousands of p... moreSure, but Amazon+Apple is a double whammy of anti-competitiveness. Besides, fining 2 of the biggest companies sets the example for the other companies to behave.

                                Z, 23 Nov 2021Nope, they're hitting corporations where it hurts, and... moreIt's our money in a way. Whoever keeps it , it's not going to come back to us. Atleast when companies keep it , it was our choice to pay our favourite company (any). But govts act as bigger thugs. I don't like their way of doing things.
                                It's like they are just looking for ways to extortion.

                                  Alternative title for this article:

                                  "Amazon and apple was given a new reason to pass on expenses to their customers so they aren't losing money at all anyways"

                                    Anonymous, 23 Nov 2021It's anti-competitive because this practice will kill ... moreBut it's not the first time , there are thousands of products exclusive to only one retail chains.

                                      They both deserve it.
                                      Should've been £200 million instead.

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                                        • 23 Nov 2021

                                        Z, 23 Nov 2021Nope, they're hitting corporations where it hurts, and... moreit isn't going to hurt apple or amazon though, that amount is as good as a warning shot nothing more