As a leading technology company, Apple often has free reign over all aspects of their product distribution, even parts of the production cycle they have no direct hand in. Ever notice that iPhones cost the same at Best Buy, Radio Shack and most other retailers? That’s because those companies abide by Apple’s uniform pricing standards.
However, that ability to set prices for retailers isn’t a given in other countries. Case in point: Taiwan. On Dec. 24, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fined Apple 20 million New Taiwan dollars (U.S. $670,000) for interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.