Resale Price Maintenance and Quality Certification
AbstractResale price maintenance (RPM) has been applied to a number of products that do not seem to require tangible presale dealer services. This article explains why RPM might exist in these instances. We show that RPM will be adopted when a manufacturer wishes to "purchase" quality or style certification from reputable dealers. We demonstrate that manufacturers will desire to adopt RPM even when they are permitted to shape the set of stores handling their products through refusals to deal. Although we do not claim that this is the only explanation of RPM, we nevertheless believe that our explanation has wide applicability.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal RAND Journal of Economics.
Volume (Year): 15 (1984)
Issue (Month): 3 (Autumn)
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- Howard Marvel & James Peck, 2000. "Vertical Control, Retail Inventories & Product Variety," Working Papers 00-09, Ohio State University, Department of Economics.
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