Buyer Power

While the antitrust laws have long condemned abuses of buyer power, cases against buyers have been much less common than cases against sellers. The AAI believes it is time for the Administration and Congress to reexamine this priority. The AAI supports changes to the Robinson-Patman Act to reduce the number of anticompetitive Robinson-Patman cases while preserving the Act's ability to reach discrimination that poses a substantial threat to consumers and small business. The AAI believes research is needed to enhance the understanding of the sources of buyer power, the ways in which it can be exercised, the types of conduct that can create, maintain, or abuse it, and the consequences for competition, suppliers, and consumers.