This is an investigation into the business practices of Gantz.
Ganz is one of the largest providers of gift offerings, collectibles, seasonal gifts and home decor products. Ganz provides these products to over 30,000 retail customers all over the United States. Ganz is also the manufacturer and distributor of the famous webkinz products. This investigation centers around complaints from a number of Ganz retail customers who complain that in order for Ganz to give the retailer access to the webkinz line, the retailer must also purchase large sums of other Ganz products. Retailers complain that these other Ganz products are poor sellers, which they would otherwise never purchase. However, the overwhelming popularity of the webkinz products forces retailers to purchase the poor selling products in order to get access to the webkinz line.
This investigation seeks to ascertain whether Ganz' actions are violative of the antitrust laws forbidding tying arrangements and/or consumer protection laws prohibiting deceptive trade practices. If you are a Ganz retailer and have experienced the above, or similar problems, and would be willing to discuss your experience with us, please call.
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Ganz manufactures and sells home goods and owns Webkinz line of collectables.
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