Remember the deal Apple made with Amazon that killed all third party repair services and used Apple product sellers that aren’t specifically approved by Apple, thereby increasing prices for consumers sharply? Turns out the FTC isn’t too happy with this deal.
Last year, Amazon cut a deal with Apple to bring direct iPhone sales to its platform for the first time. Now, that deal is coming under scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, The Verge has learned.
Good. This deal is about as clear cut an example of monopolistic, anticompetitive behaviour as you can possibly get
This is not as clear cut as you think it is. Prior to this change there were a great number of misleading ads on Amazon tricking people into over paying for Apple products. For example one might advertise a Mac Book Air for $100 less than list, you buy it and think you are getting a decent deal. But when it arrives it is a Mac Book Air that was discontinued five years ago.. Many of these small vendors were purposely obfuscating what they were truly selling. They weren’t lying, but they sure weren’t making it clear that you were buying discontinued items.