Looking for a last-minute price break on the Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit? Don’t hold your breath. The video game is one of many products retailers can’t discount without losing advertising dollars—or supplies—from the manufacturers, reports the Wall Street Journal. Such minimum-advertised-price policies were deemed legal in a controversial Supreme Court ruling last year, and manufacturers are taking advantage.
Such practices were previously viewed as anticompetitive and illegal, but the court approved the practice as a way to help guarantee that discounting didn’t tarnish a brand’s image. Increasingly, manufacturers have used it to set their prices, costing consumers more. Legislation to overturn the ruling is expected to be debated in Congress next year. Meantime, forget about bargain-hunting.