my pennyworth ... perhaps an analogy ... The HAL Motor Corporation sell their cars via a dealership network; The salesmen at the dealerships do their business and sell cars to Joe Public, get their margin, make a profit and a living. The dealer-salesman encounters a potentially lucrative little deal selling a couple of dozen HAL TurboVVTIs to a business in his patch who are replacing their company car fleet. HAL get wind of the deal through the normal dealership relationship, and see the potential for cutting out the middleman and getting a bigger slice of the cake, not only that, but also try to get the fleet manager to buy into their car maintenance scheme, auto club membership ... This is the kind of behaviour that can really wind up a dealership, in more ways than one. Have I personally experienced this? No, I can't say that I have, though I have heard stories. Is it anti-trust / illegal? Ask a lawyer, but IMHO it is unprofessional and immoral. This I'm sure we have all experienced ... HAL running a 'sale' of it's cars at less than the minimum price it has agreed with the dealership network. Kind regards, Jeffrey E. Bull OS400 Software Support Consultant IBM Certified Systems Expert, iSeries Technical Solutions IBM Certified Systems Specialist, AS/400 System Administration * +44  149 454 9533 swb. +44  149 454 9400 mbl. +44  786 750 4961 fax. +44  149 454 9454 web. http://www.itm-group.co.uk ITM Group Ltd, Latimer Square, White Lion Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 9JQ, United Kingdom -----Original Message----- From: jt [mailto:jt@xxxxxx] Sent: 03 March 2004 14:36 To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion Subject: RE: Tattoos & hugs: Malcolm's at it again! | -----Original Message----- | From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx | [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Reeve | Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 6:11 PM | And before somebody from IBM tells me it's my job to "improve the | image" by | educating customers, I want to know why tier 1 business partners | show up in | my big accounts with a bogus value-add as soon as the IBM branch gets wind | of the deal. And I want to know why tier 1 accounts can sell into my | accounts but I can't sell into theirs. | | Doesn't anybody in IBM know how to spell "anti-trust" these days? I'm not that familiar with Taft-Hartley, other than know it exists. I also don't know about IBM's tier system of ISVs. I understand the problem, but how is it related to anti-trust?? Or is it in quotes because this practice causes such Negative-Trust amongst the ISVs?? (And read, last night, Mr. Zollar like other iSeries Heads is Counting on ISVs and BPs to do MOST of the hard work of GETTING iSeries some visibility.) Also, Reeve, do you know if this is a widespread problem or just something you "happen" to run into (occasionally?)?? j _______________________________________________ This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing list To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l or email: MIDRANGE-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l. ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by ITM. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, email marketing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ITM - Managing Communication and Information through technology Company registration number - 3783433 ________________________________________________________________________ DISCLAIMER Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This email and any files transmitted with it, including replies and forwarded copies (which may contain alterations) subsequently transmitted from the Company, are confidential and solely for the use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this email in error and that any use is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error please notify the IT manager by telephone on +44 (0)870 871 2233 or via email to Administrator@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, including a copy of this message. Please then delete this email and destroy any copies of it. ________________________________________________________________________This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by ITM. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, email marketing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ITM - Managing Communication and Information through technology Company registration number - 3783433________________________________________________________________________
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