Repost: The End of the Discount? Supreme Court Rules on Minimum Pricing

Note: In light of recent changes in the quality of merchandise offered at outlet stores, we’re reposting this article from July 2007.

What: The Supreme Court recently lifted a ban that restricted the ability of manufacturers to enforce Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on retail stores.

What the Experts Say: For shoppers who are entirely focused on low prices, it might not be such a great thing, said Jeremy Feinstein, a trial lawyer with Pittsburgh firm Reed Smith whose focus includes antitrust cases.

How it Impacts You: End to designer discounts (at least as we know it). It will now be more difficult for department stores, outlets and other retail establishments to offer rock bottom sales on designer/branded items and it could signal the end (at least as we know it) of the department store style outlet stores like Off Fifth and Last Call Neiman Marcus as it will be harder for them to compete with the designers’ own outlet stores.