quote: a dozen more are ready to step in to fill the void.
quote: no consumer anywhere in the world has ever
quote: early 2000..before AMD even HAD a mobile processor solution
quote: However, I know plenty of vendors that ship worldwide.
quote: You have to remember that antitrust law exists to protect consumers, not competitors.
quote: Companies are supposed to hurt their competitors. If they didn't, we have the same stagnant economies that all socialist nations do.
quote: The phrase "protection the competition not the competitor" is one of the primary credos of antitrust law. Companies are supposed to harm each other.
quote: Intel kept AMD's market share low by offering steep discounts to vendors. That allowed those vendors to sell Intel products cheaper to their customers
quote: Of course, because its true
quote: It's simply utilizing a vertical market arrangement...a standard business practice for over a century
quote: despite this arrangement, no consumer anywhere in the world has ever have difficulty finding an AMD processor for sale
quote: If a vertical arrangement locks out one source, a dozen more are ready to step in to fill the void
quote: becuase there is free market in the EU, much more than in the US...
quote: Yep, because fining American businesses is a more politically safe method of raising money than taxing European consumers.
quote: Exclusionary vertical market arrangements are legal in general
quote: When the sales outlets are owned by the supplier, exclusive dealing is because of vertical integration, where the outlets are independent exclusive dealing is illegal due to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, however, if it is registered and approved it is allowed.
quote: At the same time, courts condemned as "unlawful exclusion" tying contracts, exclusive dealing, and other agreements that disadvantaged rivals.
quote: For several decades courts drew the line between efficient and inefficient exclusion by asking whether the conduct under scrutiny was "competition on the merits." Courts equated such competition on the merits with unilateral conduct such as product improvement, the realization of economies of scale, innovation, and the like.
quote: For instance, non-standard contracts that exclude rivals are now lawful if supported by a "valid business reason"
quote: When Intel is giving system builders advertising dollars, they certainly do. Does it make sense for Intel to pay Dell to advertise AMD systems?
quote: Oops. You're confusing vertical market arrangements with vertical market integration. Two different concepts.
quote: No, that's not how it works. Intel gives Dell money to advertise DELL systems...based on the fact that a Dell system is also an Intel system. Quite obviously if a large percentage of Dells wind up being AMD, then Intel shouldn't withdraw those dollars. Nothing wrong with that arrangement.
quote: despite its large market share, it does not have the ability to dictate market pricing. If AMD cuts prices, Intel must follow suit, and vice versa
quote: Any consumer wanting AMD products had countless sources to obtain them
quote: Intel spent vast amounts of money to get their products to consumers cheaper. That lowered pricing for Intel products which is a good thing for the market
quote: On the contrary, Intel and AMD price cuts followed hand-in-hand from 1999 to today
quote: Proof positive that competition is alive and healthy. And you want to change this situation?
quote: And yet, in 2000 you could easily buy a motherboard that ran AMD CPUs