Paul Fields (
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 13:17:02 -0500

You can make a case for dumping if they sell their EXPORT
price lower than their regular domestic price. IE The American
distributor makes WAY too many copies so he can push some
off in Japan and undercut their market.

This summer some Chinese companies did that with computer
scanners, and killed some US scanner makers, they could sue
them in a WTO dumping suit, except they went bankrupt and
there is no one left to make the case.

DVDs released here are only cheaper here because of basic
economic factors, the size of our motion picture industry, and
there is the closet fear that places like San Francisco could
turn into another bootlegging hotbed like Hong Kong and
Singapore, because we can make DVDs so easily. Once
Bandai releases DVDs in Japan the exports costs of getting
bootlegs from the US would make the local copies cheaper.
Their position is easy, be local, and be first.


----- Original Message -----
From: Chien Ting Chin <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, December 12, 1999 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [gundam] Gundam and DVD

> Mark Simmons wrote:
> > reasoning is that if the US versions came out earlier, the Japanese
> > audience would be likely to import these instead of paying higher prices
> > for a monolingual domestic version - the so-called "parallel import"
> Isn't that, by WTO's definition, dumping? [setting export price below the
> price for local domestic market]
> CHIN, Chien Ting
> Dept of Medical Biophysics, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
> ... o O *
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