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post #11 of 65
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Originally Posted by MGX1016 View Post
They can simply just raise prices...
I am not saying Intel has done anything. I know the EU goes loopy sometimes, I am NOT defending it.

all i am saying is : Dont't post stuff like , they can just stop selling etc., as its wrong, they wont, EU is a big market.

Also, if you read the article, it says over the years, so probably not something just related to price cuts now, its overall.
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post #12 of 65
Intel is finding out that when 2/3 of the world is communist, it is hard to be a global concern. Yes I said communist.

That's ok, starting in 2009 the other 1/3 will be also. Then there will be no free enterprise left anywhere on the planet. That should make the whiners in brussels happy.
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post #13 of 65
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Hah yes, perfect. Sorry Europeans, but I think you should take Intel's side on this one unless you want to pay a humongous premium for ownage.
Premium?? We already are.
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post #14 of 65
Did you guys even read the article?

This has nothing to do with price cuts. 'Price' isn't mentioned once in the article. The price cuts also -just- happened. You won't be getting formal charges immediately after doing something, it takes time.

As for the don't piss off the big company comments, that is not the correct course of action. Intel would never pull out of Europe because the EU 'pissed them off'. It certainly hasn't stopped Microsoft, has it? That's because companies don't just turn away from markets because their ego is huge. The companies will still compete even if you fine them, because there is money in it.
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Premium?? We already are.
Agreed/
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The companies will still compete even if you fine them, because there is money in it.
Hmmmmm......and who pays the fine? Who gets it in the end? Yes I thought so.
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post #17 of 65
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Hmmmmm......and who pays the fine? Who gets it in the end? Yes I thought so.
Generally, there are strict regulations preventing companies from passing such costs onto consumers, though I am not familiar with European law. What I mean, is that even if Intel sucks the fine and doesn't raise the prices to compensate, they will -still- be making money in Europe. Thus it is worth it to them.
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Hmmmmm......and who pays the fine? Who gets it in the end? Yes I thought so.
they cant afford to pass down all the costs on the consumers, some of the costs ,yes, if they passed on all the costs, the whole point of price cuts gone...
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post #19 of 65
This has been a long time coming. Intel has done some extremely shady things. There's a pretty thick line between using market share as a strategic advantage and flat out abusing it - a line that Intel has crossed many times.

I'm not sure how much power the EU has over Intel beyond levying fines - it is an American company after all.
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post #20 of 65
didnt the article talk about how they used illegal tactics to get oem computer companies to use their chips and not amd. And pulling out of europe would be a bad business decision for them as they would loose a ton of money. The fines they would have to pay if any would be quickly done away with by the profite they have been making.
Also if amd happened to go under it wouldnt take long for the goverment to break intel up into smaller companies that had to compete with each other. There will never be a monopoly in the cpu market cause its to big and powerful of a market.
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