Price dumping from "A" to "Z"


Price dumping (from the English dumping - dumping) is an artificial reduction in the prices of goods or services in order to increase sales in a particular market. Dumping prices are usually below the market average, and often can be below the cost of goods or services. Dumping is one of the methods of competition and part of it is recognized as a method of unfair competition.

What is price dumping, why retailers start dumping on the Internet and how to deal with it, read in our article.

Dumping, today is an integral part of the life of a modern person, whether we like it or not. Buyers are pleased with lower prices, because why pay more? As for the shops and producers directly, the situation is far from being the most unambiguous. Non-compliance with the MAP  leads someone to a leading position in the market, and someone, unable to withstand the competition, is forced to close their business. Let's take a closer look at what dumping is, why it appeared, what goals dumpingers pursue, how to effectively deal with unscrupulous competitors, and what the consequences may be.

Dumping. Origin and development of the concept
The term dumping was formed in the era of the Great Depression in the early 30s of the 20th century. Initially, they called the sale of illiquid goods, but later its meaning changed somewhat.

Now the concept of dumping is also inextricably linked with the foreign economic activity sector. In this context, it means exporting products at prices lower than they cost in the home market of the commodity producer.

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    If we turn to the anti-dumping regulation of the European Union, then the price of a product is dumped, provided that the export value of the product is lower than a comparable analogue in the domestic market of the exporting state. Thus, the company imports goods at lower prices than it sells on the domestic market, while not incurring significant financial losses. That’s why,

    DUMPING is a broad concept that refers to the sale of products at a price at the cost level, or much lower than the average market.

    Market dumping or just low prices?

    In 1908, Henry Ford launched a car that cost half the price of other American manufacturers. The car was produced in one color, was durable. Most Americans could afford to buy it. In the future, the fee fell lower and lower, in 1924 it dropped from $850 to $290. Even a horse-drawn carriage cost almost $400, which was more expensive than buying a car.

    This example shows that a low price is not always dumping. Ford was able to lower the price of its cars by reducing production costs.

    We can talk about price dumping if there are 2 prerequisites:

    1. The low price of the product is not a consequence of lower production costs.
    2. Purposeful price reduction occurs solely to attract buyers and rivalry with competitors.

    If any of these conditions is absent, then price reduction is not dumping.
    In a word, the planned price reduction is the result of deliberate financial and marketing measures, which is what distinguishes it from dumping.

    Price reduction is justified in the following cases:

    – reducing production costs;

    – reduction of operating expenses;

    – changes in product positioning;

    – promotions and sales.

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      Dumping prices - why?

      Companies that have chosen price dumping as their business strategy pursue the following main goals:

      - neutralization of competitors;

      - conquering a new market;

      - sale of illiquid stocks of goods;

      - the expansion of the customer base;

      - anti-crisis measure.

      1. Neutralization of competitors. To cover a significant segment of the market, you need to take just a few simple steps. First, sharply reduce their own prices, which will lead to an outflow of buyers from competitors. After that, wait for the main part of the rivals to go bankrupt. Then return the prices to the break-even level and you can influence the pricing in the market.
      2. Conquest of a new market. Low prices are the only quick and effective way to attract the attention of buyers to your offers. It equally works both for companies that have just started their activities, and for those who have been operating for a long time, but who want to occupy new segments in the market.
      3. Realization of illiquid stocks of goods. Often these are short-term (one-time) promotions that are held for the quick sale of goods with a limited shelf life, seasonal leftovers or outdated models. In this case, no profit is possible. The priority task is to return the money spent on the purchase, ordering a new relevant product.

        The famous Black Friday sale is the best example of how you can effectively sell stuck merchandise. During this period, even those companies that always adhere to the MAP/ MSRP are dumping.

      4. Expansion of the client base. The bulk of consumer goods is sold through chain stores. Precisely striving for large sales volumes, manufacturers are ready to “move” a little in price in order to sell the largest number of products. Such a "play by the rules of the client" with a decent quality of goods helps to win the loyalty and trust of customers. If the quality of the product deteriorates, then the number of fans will decline. In this case, even a very low check will not save the situation.
      5. As an anti-crisis measure. In difficult times, lower prices can help the company survive the crisis, not "fall out of the cage." After the stabilization of the situation, prices are likely to be returned to their original level.


      Super price

      One of the most successful examples of using price dumping as a way to survive in a crisis is Pepsi. When sugar prices soared in the 1930s, the company sold its drink for 5 cents per 340 ml can. The main competitors, Coca-Cola, also sold their products at 5 cents, but for a volume of 170 ml. Thus, Pepsi, in addition to avoiding bankruptcy, was also able to press its main rivals on the market.

      Types of dumping

      Types of dumping depend on the area and purpose of their application. They may also overlap. For example, price dumping can be sporadic.

      1. Sporadic. Companies are cutting prices on excess unsold inventory to maintain their competitive position. They can either dump, selling illiquid stocks, or export them to a foreign market where these products are not produced.


        Super price

        SONY sold televisions in the US for 40% less than they cost in Japan, because they had no competitors in their homeland. At the expense of the domestic consumer, the company made a profit and covered production costs, and sold the surplus for export, partially conquering the market.

      2. Predatory dumping.Unlike sporadic dumping, which occurs from time to time, deliberate or, as it is also called, pirated dumping, is permanent. It involves the sale of goods in the foreign market at a price lower than in the domestic market. Pirate dumping is used to gain access to a foreign market and eliminate competition. This creates a monopoly in the market.
      3. Persistent dumping. When a country consistently sells goods in a foreign market at lower prices than local prices, this is called permanent dumping.
      4. Reverse dumping. Reverse dumping occurs when the demand for a good in a foreign market is less elastic. This means that price changes do not affect demand. Thus, the company can charge a higher price in the foreign market and a lower price in the local market.
      5. Mutual dumping. The rarest manifestation of dumping. It is characterized by the sale of goods by monopolists to each other at reduced prices. This can become a useful cooperation, as well as a competitive struggle, when it comes to analogue products.

      Tender prices

      To get the most profitable contracts, many companies are willing to make substantial concessions. Sometimes the price reduction is incredible. Contracts always go to the one who makes the best (cheapest) offer. As a result, such discounts can negatively affect the quality. Therefore, at the legislative level, the issue of deliberately lowering prices is strictly controlled, and violators face substantial fines and a damaged reputation.

      The classic types of dumping have taken on new forms with the advent of online trading. In the course of our activities in the field of price control on the Internet, we noted the features of dumping that are unique to e-commerce.

      "Principal" dumping"
      The online store has information about the prices recommended by the manufacturer or importer, but deliberately sells goods cheaply. In such a situation, you need to start the fight against dumping by entering into negotiations with the owerner in the online store.
      "Archival" dumping"
      This type of dumping is caused by outdated prices for goods that have been in the range for a long time, but did not wait for buyers. In such cases, it is often worth sending the price list with current prices to the store employees responsible for pricing. In the future, in order to avoid such excesses, it is necessary to regularly send an updated price list and control the situation with the help of price monitoring.
      In such a situation, your product at dumping prices is only a source of traffic to the site. Advertising is placed on forums, price aggregators, pages of your own store in order to attract attention, but to sell completely different goods or services. In such a situation, negotiations will not help, decisive action is needed to remove the product from the store's assortment in order to protect your brand.

      Internet trading in dumping

      As a result of the pandemic, which led to economic changes, the growth of the e-commerce market has increased many times over. The resulting restrictions have forced many companies to develop their brands in the only possible market - the network. Consumer behavior has also changed. With the mask regime and lockdowns, more and more buyers began to shop in online stores.

      According to experts, the volume of sales on the Internet by 2023 will amount to 6.5 trillion dollars, although in 2019 it was 3.5 trillion.

      The change in the consumer behavioral model and the increase in demand for shopping "without leaving home" created ideal conditions for the emergence of new trading platforms on the Internet, and, accordingly, increased competition. The easiest way to deal with a competitor, many companies consider price reduction - dumping.

      Prerequisites for the appearance of dumping in trade:

      Newly-created on market.
      Companies entering the market for the first time often use dumping prices to rapidly advance and win over a consumer audience. Not everyone can resort to the strategy of a sharp understatement of the check. Usually, these are companies that sell goods that are in high demand, or those who have this business is not the main one and have some kind of airbag.

      Low prices.
      Only the key, largest market players can afford such price behavior. Due to the wide assortment, huge turnover, such stores still win, despite the greatly reduced prices for some goods. Such tactics are often used to neutralize small competitors by gaining a monopoly position in the market.

      New product.
      In most cases, customers are wary of new products, preferring something that has already been proven. Therefore, in order to reduce the cost of promoting a new product or brand, sellers reduce prices.

      Contraband and falsification.
      Goods that are illegally imported into the country are often sold under the beautiful name "confiscated" and at very attractive prices. The main points of sale are various Internet sites and free classified ads on the Internet. Of course, this product has nothing to do with the goods that were actually confiscated by customs.

      According to research by Euromonitor International, an increase in the production of counterfeit products causes damage to the global economy from 2 trillion dollars annually. This is 3% of world GDP. The reason for the increased demand for such goods was the active development of the online trading market. Market giants such as Amazon and Alibaba began to counteract the spread of counterfeit goods on their sites. In particular, Amazon compensates consumers for purchasing counterfeit or illegal goods from marketplace sellers, and Alibaba tracks such products using artificial intelligence.

      To distinguish smuggled goods from officially imported products, you need to know a few nuances. All accompanying documentation (instructions, warranty cards) must be translated into the language of your country, as well as certificates and information about the official importer and service centers in your country.

      This is the most favorite trick used for lead generation. Online stores attract buyers with a low price for products of a popular brand that they don’t even work with. When a customer places an order, it turns out that the product is no longer in stock, and they immediately offer an alternative from a different brand.

      Increasing sales in the evening, at night, on holidays or weekends.
      Market research shows that dumping prices are most often set when no one can control them. Therefore, on the morning of the working day, all prices return to their original value. Hence it turns out that in some stores there are no sold, while others are actively trading. Keeping the situation under control and fixing violations at any time is possible only with the help of constant automatic monitoring of competitors' prices.

      1. The bonuses from the supplier.
        Often, as an incentive for large orders, dealers or manufacturers set discounts or offer bonuses:

      • additional discount;
      • special price or bonus system for monthly, quarterly, annual turnover;
      • free shipping when ordering for a certain amount;
      • provision of a one-time discount for the purchase of a large batch of a certain product;
      • the ability to purchase goods on sales.

      These and many other lucrative bonuses that encourage sellers to buy in order to fill their warehouses with “profitable” goods. However, the hype passes and demand begins to fall, and warehouses are full. The retailer has no choice but to sell the mountains of adulterated goods at the lowest price.

      Outdated prices
      There are indirect reasons for dumping, which may not depend on sellers. One of these reasons is
      manufacturers do not understand the specifics of working in the e-commerce market.

      1. A belated update of price lists is not always the fault of the online store itself. Companies can send updated price lists to all customers at once. However, do not forget that every day sellers with a wide range, cooperating with more than a dozen suppliers, receive hundreds of emails daily with updated prices. If the company does not have an automatic revaluation system configured, then managers do not physically have time to update everything manually. Therefore, the reason for dumping is not the dishonesty of sellers, but lies in technical and organizational difficulties:

      • the updated price list is provided in a format that is difficult to upload to the site;
      • binding prices to the currency, but the exchange rate of the supplier and the seller do not match;
      • belated informing the online seller about changes in prices for goods.
      Therefore, at least partially, it is possible to fight dumping with the help of a high level of organization and automatic updating of price lists.

      How to deal with price dumping

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      In today's dynamic e-commerce market, dumping has long been a constant phenomenon. In a highly competitive environment, only price cuts help many companies stay afloat. In this situation, there can be no talk of making a profit and developing a business, it's just a way to survive. If you still decide to fight with competitors, you should be prepared for certain losses. In "price wars" all participants bear losses. It is necessary to understand how long the company can work in the red, whether it is possible to optimize spending and resources, and that you may not be the winner. Therefore, before you start fighting with competitors through dumping, you should think 10 times and weigh everything carefully.

      • If you follow the rules below, price dumping can be avoided:
        • Study competitors' strategies to anticipate their long-term pricing policies.
        • Don't cut prices even if a competitor lowers the price of a similar product.
        • Emphasize customer value, not low price.
        • Segment the product into different price categories: from the cheapest to the premium class. A significant price range will help avoid dumping.
        • Inform customers of price changes and the reasons for such an intention well in advance. Sharp price cuts can be misunderstood by competitors. In response to your actions, they may also lower prices, which will lead to a price war.
        • Speak out publicly about the dangers of dumping on the market and accustom clients to this.
        • Maintain an impeccable reputation.
        • Run seasonal promotions and discounts.
        • Attract loyal customers who are willing to stay with you despite price changes.[/su_box]Studying competitors' strategies and looking for their weaknesses.
        Regular analysis of competitors' prices will allow you to identify their shortcomings and turn them into your own advantages. Low prices in non-chain stores are often possible due to savings on the quality of customer and service, delivery and insufficient staff. Focus the attention of customers that buying from you a little more expensive, they will still remain in the black. Their benefit will be, for example, free shipping or an additional period of free service.
      1. Maintaining prices at the same level, despite the competitor's reduction in the cost of a similar product.
        Instead of lowering the price, make package offers. This approach will make it difficult to compare prices in different stores, and you can convince customers that buying a whole "package" of goods or services will be very profitable.

      2. Emphasis on value, not price.
        You can even raise the price if you do it justifiably by improving the quality of your product or service. Such a decision must be made carefully and deliberately, as there is a high chance of losing customers. If you do this, then such actions will be a step to a new stage in the development of the company.

      3. Product segmentation.
        Expand the range of budget counterparts. This technique may become temporary and work during the period of an active anti-dumping campaign. Give customers a choice between low price and high quality products. Then everything depends on the skill and professionalism of your employees, whether they will be able to persuade the buyer to the side of a quality, not a cheap product.

      Exposure low prices in the media. Most clients do not even think about what dumping is, what harm it does to the economy and how it subsequently affects end consumers. Therefore, you, as an interested party, can convey this information to buyers through available resources (websites, blogs, social networks). Focus on the fact that high-quality original products cannot cost 30-50% less. If the cost is very low, then with 100% probability the product is a fake. Few people want to risk and spend money on a thing of dubious quality.

      6. Formation of a loyal customer relationship.
      One of the main tasks in any situation on the market is to win the trust of customers and maintain the achieved level of loyalty. Develop a system of bonuses and discounts for customers, hold interesting promotions, fill your website and groups in social networks, not only with information about the product, but also with other useful and entertaining thematic content.

      7. Holding promotions.
      To attract new and interrupt the outflow of regular customers, hold a promotion: for a short period, lower the price to the level of competitors. If the quality of your product is at a good level, then the buyer will return to you.

      8. Waiting.
      If the cost of goods for you and your competitors is the same, then there is a high chance that the dumping company will sooner or later go bankrupt. The wait-and-see attitude in this case is a simple but dangerous anti-dumping strategy. To wait for a competitor to leave the market, you must have a solid supply of resources, because this is not a matter of one day.

      9.The last and radical method to avoid dumping is to close the business.
      Many will regard this measure as weakness and loss, however, not everything is so simple. Having closed a business that could not stand the competition, you have every chance to start a new successful business. Having got rid of an unprofitable company in time, you can invest in some interesting promising line of business and already develop in it.
      Dumping reduces the overall profitability of the industry and the quality of goods and services, it is very difficult to return the former cost later.

      How to deal with price dumping is an important issue for many e-commerce companies. The solution to this problem includes systematic monitoring of prices and active anti-dumping measures aimed at stabilizing pricing policy in the e-commerce segment and maintaining order in the market.

      You can resist the dumping of competitors by non-price methods: file a complaint against a competitor with regulatory authorities, expand the range and improve promotion strategies, and improve product characteristics.

      Dumping as a method of competition in chain stores

      It is extremely difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to compete with retail chains and giant stores. Networkers have a large turnover, the widest assortment, low interest rates on loans, fully automated business processes and a whole staff of employees. They can afford to carry out various promotions, discounts and sales without prejudice to the business. All these resources are not available for small shops.
      Chain stores do not incur losses when prices are dumped. Lowering the prices of some goods, they raise the prices of others, thereby compensating for lost profits. Small and medium-sized businesses cannot afford this, because this is a direct path to ruin. The surest way to do business successfully in such market conditions is not even to try to compete with the networks, but to go the other way. What needs to be done for this?

      1. Minimize or nullify assortment intersections. By selling a similar product from other brands, you will avoid constant price comparisons and questions about why yours is higher.
      2. Family shop. Create such an image through an individual approach to each client, treat them in a friendly way. Many buyers are willing to overpay for attentiveness and a friendly atmosphere.
      3. The key to your business is flexibility. The process of introducing new commodity items (brands) into the assortment of the distribution network is very long. Negotiations between the store and the supplier can take months, and there is no guarantee that they will be successful. Therefore, as soon as new products appear on the market, immediately start working with them. Customers like it when the assortment of the store is constantly replenished with new products that they have not seen anywhere else.

      Dumping in sales on marketplaces

      During the pandemic and restrictive measures, marketplaces have become the only chance not to lose business for many entrepreneurs. They were able to adapt to new conditions faster than anyone else. During this period, marketplaces not only stayed afloat, but also showed an increase in demand at times. Therefore, instead of increasing investments in their own trading platforms, entrepreneurs began to cooperate with marketplaces. Despite the many disadvantages of such cooperation, the ability to scale indefinitely outweighed all the disadvantages.

      The main problem of marketplaces is dumping. The strategy of low prices underlies the operation of all marketplaces.

      One of the buying criteria for the average consumer is the low price. If a smartphone can be bought at least 10-20% cheaper, the buyer may not pay attention to the inconvenience associated with delivery or lack of warranty service.

      Marketplaces are ready to cooperate with sellers who set low prices for their goods. The cards of their products may be in priority in impressions, and they receive more orders than others.

      It is not uncommon when marketplaces provide individual terms of cooperation for sellers who dump. The marketplace raises the commission or removes the product for those who refuse to follow the rules and dumping.

      Dumping is a controversial mechanism that, for a short period of time, can lead to an increase in demand and an increase in sales. But, using this mechanism, it is necessary to calculate all the risks, because its disadvantages will quickly cancel out the positive effect.

      How to deal with the dumping of competitors on the marketplace

      Before entering the marketplace, online store owners need to think over their pricing policy. If you immediately set prices lower than those of competitors, you can get a backlash. Competitors will bring down prices and will win, as they are already more authoritative and recognizable. It is necessary to make an analysis of the situation on the site with which you plan to cooperate. The battle may not be equal. If you can’t enter the marketplace without artificial price reduction, look for options that can reduce financial losses.

      Some tips for dealing with dumping:

      1. carefully consider and take into account all the nuances in the terms of cooperation. Otherwise, you will have to return to your own site.
        In the calculations you need to take into account:
        • the purchase price of the goods;
        • marketplace commission;
        • cost of delivery;
        • taxes;
        • advertising costs.
        Thus, it is possible to make a long-term forecast of the estimated income from the sale of a unit of goods and thereby compensate for the loss if a price reduction is necessary.
      2. Study your competitors. If the product is not exclusive and can be bought from hundreds of similar sellers, it is worth investing in advertising to increase the ranking in search results.
      3. Collaborate with multiple sites. The model of work on marketplaces is approximately the same, but each has its own characteristics. If on one site - the strategy of the lowest possible price, then on the other - it is quite possible to set prices without dumping. Sometimes switching to another marketplace can be the only way out for the seller.
      4. Monitor prices. It is necessary to analyze the actions of competitors regularly, as prices can change daily. For example, competitors can set dumping prices, due to which their sales volumes will increase dramatically.
        You can automate the process by contacting special services that solve these problems. For example, the Price Control service offers solutions for both monitoring the prices of marketplaces and independent online stores.

      Price dumping is a scourge for commodity producers

      Price dumping is just as terrible for manufacturers as competitors' dumping is for sellers. It takes the most aggressive form in the e-commerce segment, where about 20% of stores daily neglect the MAP/ MSRP established by suppliers. And in the case of some types of goods, it can be 60-80% (building materials, computer and household appliances and electronics).

      During the crisis associated with Covid-19, the online sales market received a powerful impetus and began to develop rapidly. Small stationary retail outlets were forced to master a new way of selling - via the Internet. It is difficult for beginners to gain a foothold and gain customers. Therefore, due to inexperience, they are trying to attract buyers with dumping prices. As a result, it is the producers and importers who bear the biggest losses:

      1. Loss of consumer confidence in brand products. Not all buyers find the lowest price the decisive factor in their decision. For many, the low cost raises doubts, which leads to a decrease in turnover.
      2. Decreased interest in cooperation among serious market participants. Since dumping in the market leads to the fact that it is impossible to get the planned profit, cooperation with the brand becomes unpromising for large sellers.
      3. The fall of the brand and its exit from the market. When there is no price control, sooner or later, chaos begins in a niche. Many European brands do not see any prospects for further work in such markets and simply leave it.

      MAP/ MSRP Protection

      To minimize the problems caused by dumping, it is necessary to act immediately after it has been discovered. It is always much easier to neutralize dumping at the initial stage than to deal with the consequences when even decent sellers reduce prices out of desperation.

      In this case, your most important and reliable assistant will be daily monitoring of prices in online stores.

      Therefore, the first step in the fight for compliance with the RRP will be to search for the presence of the brand on the Internet and identify all violators, and then a series of measures to stabilize market prices. Looking for the one who started first is a completely useless and meaningless exercise. Most likely, you will not find the extreme. Sellers will unanimously blame each other. It doesn't matter who initially lowered prices, it is important to find and neutralize everyone who does not disdain dumping.

      How to get rid of dumping in e-commerce

      The fight against malicious violators is within the power of every commodity producer. It is only necessary to act as soon as at least one seller has lowered prices, and not let everything take its course.

      In order for the struggle of the commodity producer to comply with the MAP/ MSRP to be successful, it is worth adhering to the following algorithm of actions:

      • Do daily monitoring in online stores. This will make it possible to immediately detect dumping companies and begin to act. Make it a habit to monitor the market daily and identify sellers who ignore your recommendations for setting the retail price level.
        Regularly send out e-mails with a reminder of the need to comply with the MAP/ MSRP in cases of identified dumping. Only formally notify violators in writing. In the letter, do not forget to clarify what consequences their actions may entail.
        Do not take the word of the violators and re-check them. After violations have been identified and letters with the current recommended price have been sent, it will not be superfluous to check how sellers comply with the pricing policy. Many stores may raise prices for a while, report the elimination of violations to suppliers, and then begin to sharply reduce them again. If the offending store does not respond to your request, then proceed through the dealer. Enter a ban on the shipment of your products to a specific online store.
        Punish permanent violator. For those who have been caught dumping for the not first time, it is worth using more stringent methods than simple price checks and negotiations. Such partners can be deprived of discounts and bonuses, increase the purchase price, be blacklisted, or completely stop cooperation by removing goods from the store pages.
        Apply sanctions to the supplier if violations continue. It is necessary to identify a dealer who continues to ship products, ignoring your veto. Through registration of serial numbers or special marking, track your goods. Having made a control purchase of goods at a dumping price, you can easily identify the one who sold the goods.

      Deprive bonuses, discounts or reason with the threat of a complete cessation of cooperation of systematic violators. The complete withdrawal of goods and the termination of cooperation with the store, where is dumping prices, is an extreme measure and the last possible step.

      Case: Price control and anti-dumping

      A few years ago, Price Control was contacted by a manufacturer of water heating equipment. The customer faced severe dumping, both in stationary retail outlets and online stores. The consequences were a sharp decline in interest in the brand, a drop in retail prices to purchase levels, constant demands from wholesale buyers for price reductions, the creation of a brand image with low margins, difficulties in selling, and a drop in profits and turnover.
      The situation was critical and required urgent resuscitation. During the first monitoring, Price Control specialists found dumping in 255 out of 360 sellers working with the brand.
      A strategy was developed to restore order in the market and bring the company out of the crisis. It included the following steps:
      • Regular monitoring of the prices of all stores selling the company’s products.
      • Creation of a “black” list of sellers.
      • Informing violators by e-mail about revealed cases of dumping and with a request to comply with the MAP/ MSRP.
      • Daily telephone conversations with violators about the return of prices to the recommended level.
      • Introduction of a strict system of fines for dealers who ship goods to dumping shops.
      Carrying out control purchases in offending stores. Identification and application of sanctions to dealers who continue to cooperate with sellers from the “black” list.
      The results were not long in coming. After a few months of cooperation with Price Control, we could talk about some victories.
      Interest in the brand has increased, and the circle of potential partners for cooperation has doubled.
      Key players in the sphere began to show interest in the customer’s products.
      The number of stores that began to sell the client’s brand rose to 600, and the level of dumping among retailers decreased to 15%.
      The company has gained a solid reputation and established itself as a reliable partner, working with which promises to be mutually beneficial.
      Increasing by 200% profit made it possible to talk about overfulfillment of the annual plan already in November.
      The higher the consumer interest in online shopping, the more new sellers appear. In this situation, the commodity producer needs to more closely monitor the state of the market and compliance with the MAP/ MSRP stores.
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      Dumping dynamics in November 2020 by client’s brand in online retail

      In 2021, the manufacturing company signed contracts with two more major suppliers.

      In order not to play "cat and mouse" with online stores, the manufacturer needs to automate all processes as much as possible to effectively combat dumping. Collecting information manually will not bring even a fraction of the desired anti-dumping results for a number of reasons.

      • The difference in the speed of repricing goods in stationary and online stores is enormous. On the Internet, the price changes by pressing a key in 1 second. Therefore, the effectiveness of manual price monitoring is extremely doubtful.
      • Reputable sellers will advocate price regulation in the market, but using their influence and referring to other stores will dump on a par with competitors.
      • The number of online stores is growing rapidly, and to check prices, the manufacturer needs to spend huge resources, which may not be available. This will lead to the fact that without regular monitoring and up-to-date data, the vendor will lose control over the market situation.

      Automation of  parsing processes can solve the problem of daily price collection in online stores.

      The task of automating price monitoring in online stores has several solutions. Everyone will find the most suitable for themselves:

      • Purchase of ready - made monitoring reports . The information in the report will be presented somewhat outdated. The effectiveness of response actions taken on its basis will not be the most effective. In the fight against dumping, one of the keys to success is the prompt response, as a result of the detection of violations.
      • Creation of own price control department and software development. This approach has a lot of advantages, but the main disadvantage is its high cost and long implementation period. In addition to writing special software, you will need to recruit and train staff.
      • Use a ready solution from Price Control. Relatively low cost of services, the use of which will make it possible to optimally use the working hours of subordinates and eliminate dumping in online stores.

      Price monitoring in online stores from the Price Control price monitoring service can be carried out from one to 24 times a day. Multiple data collection will identify the seller who was the first to dump and apply penalties to him. This functionality is available in the Personal account of the service.

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      Dumping of competitors - negative and positive sides

      Price dumping, like any economic phenomenon, has an impact (negative and positive), both on end consumers and producers. For greater clarity, we present everything in the form of table 2.

      Positive influence

      Negative influence
      For dampers
      Increase in consumer audience and expansion of the sales marketLack of customer loyalty. The client base is expanding due to those who are looking for the cheapest offer. Find a lower price - leave without hesitation
      Increase in turnover and sales volumeCreating the image of a store that sells shoddy goods
      Churn of customers from competitorsIncreased chance of going bankrupt
       Business profitability is falling. The company survives on a “financial cushion” and resource austerity, which affects the quality of products, services and salaries of employees. 
       When exporting goods, the chance of being fined or receiving restrictions increases significantly
      For a company suffering from underpricing by a competitor
      The chance to create a unique selling proposition, thereby getting away from the competitionWhen exporting goods, the chance of being fined or receiving restrictions increases significantly
      The ability to repurpose the business by changing the scope of activities, update the pricing strategy and approach to customer serviceOutflow of buyers
       Closing a business or exiting the market
      For retail customer*
      Savings on purchases due to low pricesIncreased chance of acquiring a lower than expected quality item
      Increasing the likelihood of becoming the owner of the desired product (service) in a shorter timeLow level of service and the presence of hidden fees (delivery, after-sales service, etc.)

      Despite the fact that dumping has obvious positive aspects for all market participants, its negative component is still greater. Not every potential customer will spend their time looking for the cheapest deal. And, not for all buyers, low price is a decisive factor in the decision. Focusing your work exclusively on lovers of low prices is initially a losing position.

      The fight against dumping - what does the law say?

      Dumping is unfair competition based on artificial price reduction. Most countries with developed market economies have legislation that defines anti-dumping regulation. As a rule, this is antitrust law. It allows you to protect intellectual property on the Internet.
      Also, most countries provide for anti-dumping duties, which the state can impose on an unscrupulous exporter.
      This duty is aimed at protecting local companies (within the customs union) from unfair competition from importing companies. According to this law, additional anti-dumping duties are imposed on importers who bring goods into the country at reduced prices. Thus, prices for imported goods rise, which gives domestic companies a chance not to be "eaten" by competitors and compete on an equal footing.
      In 1967, the GATT member countries adopted the International Anti-Dumping Code in Geneva, which provided for the concept of "injury" to local enterprises in the importing country. Affected parties must provide evidence to assess damages.
      In 1992, the British for the first time gave a quantitative parameter of dumping in the anti-dumping law. The law stipulates that dumping is an export price that is 20% or more below the market price in the country of production of the goods or 8% below the world price.

       magnifying glassIf the issue of dumping for your company is more acute than ever, then contact Price Controls. Our experts will help you find ways out of this situation. We can also help in finding installers - these are regular customers who are interested in long-term cooperation and not a one-time dumping sale.

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        Ирина Железнякова
        Article author: Price Control Project Manager

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