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Upfront Gibson Responds to Price-Fixing Claims Korg USA Launches In a recent press release addressing the lawsuits in California and Washington any scheme to artiﬁcially inﬂate or ﬁx prices is wholly without merit,” the company says Online Marketplace D.C. that allege of a conspiracy between in a press release. The statement goes on to Korg USA recently announced the Gibson Guitars, Yamaha, Fender Guitars, add that, ironically, the costs incurred in de- launch of its new online store at NAMM, Guitar Center, and others to se- fending against the allegations could lead to shop.korgusa.com. cure higher retail prices, Gibson described higher prices for the end user: Starting immediately, visitors to the claims as, “wholly without merit.” “Unfortunately, that process will un- korg.com also have a “Buy Now” op- “These lawsuits stemmed from an inves- doubtedly result in high costs to many tion for Korg’s entire product line. tigation by the Federal Trade organizations that, like Gib- Clicking the “Buy Now” buttons Commission that lasted several son, strive to provide mu- brings visitors directly to the online years and was not pursued by sic lovers everywhere with store, where they can make a purchase the FTC after they concluded quality instruments, and at any time, day or night. In partner- the investigation. The allega- aggressively compete on ship with eCommerce vendor Shopa- tion that Gibson participated in price.” tron, the customer’s order will be shipped via the participating retailer in closest proximity. Products will, “generally be in buyers’ hands within three to four business days,” accord- Five-Star Honors Sabian’s Terri Shaw ing to the company. In the future, buyers will have the added option of The Five-Star Drum Shops group hon- Explained Rob Birenbaum, Five-Star in-store pickup. ored Terri Shaw, US sal
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