Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that two Internet resellers of UPC barcodes, which are used by retailers to scan prices and maintain inventories, invited competitors to join in a collusive scheme to raise the prices they charged for the barcodes.
According to the FTC’s complaints, the resellers, who sold barcodes on the secondary market, violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by repeatedly inviting competitors to collude to raise prices.
The Commission vote approving the final order was 5-0. (FTC File No. 141 0036; the staff contact is Matthew Accornero, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-3102.)
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