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Interesting. What law would they be breaching?

Sorry for the delayed reply - I just noticed your question. I'm referring to a law that came into effect on 14 july 1991 (there are later additions, though); in Dutch, it's called "Wet op de handelspraktijken". It's a bundle of laws that regulate "business practices". One of the points is that not allowed to offer bundles of items that are not available separately. The relevant articles of the law are 54 sq. As a consequence, HMV would clearly have been in breach of this law.

Consumer groups & some law experts fear that a recent changes in our telecom regulations that came about under pressure of the European Commission have undermined this very strict - and very strictly enforced - policy, but as a whole the concept of enforced bundling (gedwongen koppelverkoop) remains outlawed.

Hope this helps... If you're interested, there should be more here :

http://mineco.fgov.be/redir_new.asp?loc=/p...law/home_nl.htm

... but it's all in Dutch!

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Sorry for the delayed reply - I just noticed your question. I'm referring to a law that came into effect on 14 july 1991 (there are later additions, though); in Dutch, it's called "Wet op de handelspraktijken". It's a bundle of laws that regulate "business practices". One of the points is that not allowed to offer bundles of items that are not available separately. The relevant articles of the law are 54 sq. As a consequence, HMV would clearly have been in breach of this law.

Consumer groups & some law experts fear that a recent changes in our telecom regulations that came about under pressure of the European Commission have undermined this very strict - and very strictly enforced - policy, but as a whole the concept of enforced bundling (gedwongen koppelverkoop) remains outlawed.

Hope this helps... If you're interested, there should be more here :

http://mineco.fgov.be/redir_new.asp?loc=/p...law/home_nl.htm

... but it's all in Dutch!

Cool, thanks for the clarification. It's a pretty good law really, we should apply it here.

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A lot are missing the point here as far as the law is concerned-

In NO retail outlet has the consumer the right to buy any item unless as stated the retailer has the monopoly, and even there the manager can flatly refuse to sell to any individual for no reason he lawfully has to give.

You have NOT got the right to enter a retail establishment (at least in the UK) and demand the right to buy ANY product- the staff can indeed bar you from their shop and prevent you entering, as it is private property.

Shoplifters all over England cannot seem to get this into their heads, and are consistently escorted off by security demanding their "right" to be there, despite the owners not having any evidence of wrongdoing or indeed any previous evidence that the individual is a habitual criminal.

It boils down to this: If they dont like you, tough.

However, HMV do indeed suck balls. :wub:

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off topic - but degrees are just a way to get your foot in the door.

You don't start learning until after university.

Unless you're a med student, in which case you're a walking desk reference even before your internship, which is itself before you get your degree.

Edit- Come to think of it I think it's safe to say "You don't start learning until after university" is laughable for anything but mickey-mouse degrees (*coughmanagementcough*). You learn different things and more outside of university, but given how long you spend in university, proportionally, that's not surprising.

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