Originally Posted by jcusey
I'll repeat what I have written on Ask Andy:
It seems to me that the ability of a manufacturer (say, Mr. Vass) to exchange his product with someone else (say, a shoe dealer in Germany) in exchange for whatever consideration both monetary and non-monetary (say, an agreement not to resell those shoes in the United States) they freely agree upon is the very essence of a free market.
You could also call that collusion or an illegal monopoly. Free market means Vass sells the shoes to whichever dealers want to buy them. The dealers in turn sell the shoes for whatever price and to whoever they can sell them. By not allowing the german dealer to ship to the US and compete freely, Vass is helping BG maintain their outlandish margin as there is no where else to go for the shoes. I know that the world works differently, but in theory we should be able to buy what we want, where we want.