FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202
The matter concerning whether or not a company has to use a third-party to sell it's product or not, should not even be a debate. If this was any other industry there would be no question that the company can directly sell it's products to consumers. Without this, e-commerce would dwindle to a handful of large companies and never allow room for growth of smaller start-ups. Imagine never purchasing a single item from an Apple store, but always having to go through a cellular provider or a box store. The US state governments should not be allowed to prevent direct sales to consumers. It is a clear violation of the values and purpose of the FTC if they do not allow companies to sell their products directly to consumers.