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As a recent development CAB (Competition Appeal Board) of Singapore, has turned down the appeal by SISTIC, the Singapore’s leading ticketing portal, against an order by CCS (the Competition Commission of Singapore) that has found SISTIC guilty of using its leading position to make exclusive arrangements with event managers thereby misusing it to earn unwarranted gains and killing competition. This is one of the landmark judgments, giving a clear message to all other companies entering into such exclusive arrangements.
The Background of the Case
SISTIC earns its revenues by acting as middleman between ticket buyers and the event promoters. It entered into exclusive agreements with event promoters, by which in order to hold their event at some specific avenues, they were bound to sell tickets through SISTIC only. Some of the agreements that are under scanner are:
a) The agreement with and The Esplanade Co. Ltd. (“TECL”) that mandates that all events that are organized at the Esplanade venues will sell their tickets through SISTIC only.
b) The agreement with SSC (Singapore Sports Council) that makes I mandatory that all events held at Singapore Indoor Stadium, will sell their tickets through SISTIC only.
There are 17 other similar agreements that lay down restrictions for the event promoters to use SISTIC as the ticketing service provider.
CCS issued notice to SISTIC to be at default for misusing its dominant position. SISTIC, with more than 90% market share, entered into exclusive agreements, thereby limiting the choices for event promoters, event managers and the buyers of tickets. Such arrangements have resulted in SISTIC misusing its position leading to increase in ticketing fee several times. In its decision, CCS directed SISTIC to remove all such binding clauses from the agreements with event promoters and venue operators that force them to sell their tickets through SISTIC only. For violating clause 47 of the Competition Act, SISTIC was also fined by S$989,000.
SISTIC contested the CCS decision in CAB, arguing that their agreements are not detrimental to competition and that they are not the leading open ticketing service provider. They tried to prove that their agreements are not in violation to the anti-competition act.
The CAB heard the case and in the end upheld the decision of CCS against SISTIC, ordering that the high market share of SISTIC over years is an indication of its dominant position. After studying the agreements, it gave the decision that the terms of the agreements were indeed stifling to the competition, thereby weakening the growth prospects for other open ticketing service providers.
As both TECL and SSC have commercial interests in SISTIC, CAB withheld that all these entities have created a barrier for entry and growth of other open ticketing service providers in Singapore. CAB also mentioned that these arrangements have not created any appreciable economic advantage for all stakeholders, other than serving the purpose of SISTIC and weakening competition. The intent was found to be to use dominant position to earn unwarranted gains.
The decision by CCS/ CAB is indeed a landmark judgment that can be used as precedence to warn all such entities that try to use their dominant position to manipulate the market and stifle competition. It has created the way for a level playing field for other new entrants in the field of open ticketing services in Singapore.
Buying for school uniforms can really be expensive especially that kid’s clothes can be easily outgrown. There may be instances when you will buy two sets in just a one school term since the uniform cannot fit them any-more. When the school term starts, it signals that you have to stretch again your budget for the uniforms and other school stuffs. However, if you have known some ways on how you will have great savings, you don’t have to worry about securing new uniform sets for the kids.
When you choose to shop online, saving opportunities are plenty. The first way to save is to make comparison of prices of the different dealers that offer school uniform products. You will have an idea who among the sellers can offer lesser prices for the same product quality. As you also browse different pages, you will also find out discounted products like when the company is having their anniversary sale or school opening sale and other types of promotional offerings which can only last for few days. It would also help when you sign up for newsletters from the sellers so you will be informed through email if there are price discounts and other promotional offers from them. There are also instances when you are given coupons which you can use in order to get free products are some price off from a certain uniform product you are going to buy.
Buying both from online or offline uniform stores can also make way too saving more money if you will buy in bulk. Once you reach a minimum amount or when you have huge purchases in a single store, you will also be entitled to big discounts and more freebies. It helps to buy more than one set of uniform. If the budget permits, you buy uniform products and other stuffs from a single store so you can accumulate your purchases. If this is no possible, you can as well ask other parents to combine your purchases so you can reach the minimum amount to avail a discount.
Buying from thrift store is also giving you more savings. Pre-loved but in good shape uniforms are sold at more than half of the original price. Some of the uniforms may only need minor repair to fit your kid’s size. Some have missing logos which you can just buy at cheapest price. However, you cannot always expect for complete uniform set from pre-loved items; thus, you have to consider some amount to be spent for repair and to buy other accessories needed.
You can as well visit websites like http://www.schooluniformsaustralia.com.au/boys-uniform-shop.html with uniform exchange services. They usually second hand uniforms or facilitate trading in of the uniforms of a certain school. Do not just let the outgrown uniforms of your kids to just be stocked on your closet. You can either sell them or post on the uniform exchange websites. You can also do the same by organizing your fellow parents in school to have uniform exchange which can be done periodically. This will help you ease some expenses in buying new pairs of uniforms.