Originally Posted by thesoundman
Not completely true with the retail analogy - with larger retailers, manufacturers have contracts that can set the lowest allowable advertised price, or even tell the retailer where their product should be displayed on the shelves.
Yes, you're right, but the point is that those kinds of things are contractual, not on a case-by-case basis. They still don't dictate HOW the retailer sells their wares. Car dealers have lots of contractual obligations as well. But manufacturers aren't going to step in and stop the retailer from making a customer angry because of their sales tactics. That's the retailer's problem.