No prize to the first person to figure out why Yves Rocher (France) might not be particularly thrilled that the following product of theirs was being sold in the Carrer Ferran Yves Rocher franchise:
Yep, parallel imports, with goods produced in France, sold to Mexico for low prices on the understanding that they will be retailed in that market, and then resold to Spain. This is good for this individual retailer and for his customers, but bad for competitors who buy direct from France and – allegedly – for the brand owner.
One of the reasons why trademark-based prosecutions of parallel/grey imports tend to fail in Europe is that no consensus exists as to their long-term economic implications. What will probably happen to the shop in question is that it will lose its franchise and the manufacturer and its contacts will ensure that supplies dry up, at which point the owner will end the lease and move on to his next operation.
The interesting thing about this is that it provides indirect evidence of the changing status of Spain within the EU. Spain was traditionally, in EU terms, a land of origin for parallel imports because brands were typically cheaper than in wealthier parts of Europe. But production costs and incomes have crept up, and that’s why it’s worth carting highly-priced, little bottles of smelly stuff all the way to Mexico and back.
It is (not at all) interesting that the Mexican importer gives Edgar Allan Poe 327 in Chapultepec Polanco as his address. Poe was quite good on parallels of various kinds but never really did anything exciting with perfume.
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Christmas time is ham time. It’s also a time when, knowing that some of you may have had one or two
- Money bunnies
One of the stupidest pieces of evidence cited in anonymous briefings by the regional police in their attempts–based as far as
Some great location- and Catalan actor-spotting fun at Méliès last night, where we saw Tom Tykwer’s version of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume.
- Good piece on current American “translation will save the world” hype
Asks Mr O’Brien: “[A]re foreign funding agencies getting any smarter about how to get more of their countries’ literary works translated
- How regional language policy in Spain is pissing off foreign investors
Here’s most of the second half of an article dealing with the Air Berlin affair in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a MOR