The RoomMates Internet MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policy has been established in order to create a level playing field for all RoomMates resellers (e-tailers and brick & mortar), as well as to protect the integrity of the RoomMates brand.
RoomMates resellers shall not advertise RoomMates products in any medium (including, without limitation, print, radio, television, retailer or other websites, auction sites, shopping engines, and electronic media) at a consumer advertised price lower than the Minimum Advertised Price established by RoomMates.
Please note that MAP applies only to the advertised price – not the selling price.
As of December 31, 2018, RoomMates does not allow retailers to resell current and active products on any online marketplaces including Amazon, Ebay and Walmart. Discontinued items are allowed to be sold on online marketplaces.
RoomMates does allow and encourage retailers to resell its products on company-owned websites only as long as the retailer respects the following Internet MAP policy. Any and all RoomMates products purchased by retailers are subject to this policy.
Promotional coupon codes, free or reduced shipping rates, or BOGO (“buy one get one free”) deals are not impacted by the MAP policy and may be offered to customers at your discretion. Special offers are permitted provided that the prices advertised on product page are not below the MAP level.
Failure to comply with the RoomMates MAP policy will result in the following actions:
Warning: Items found to be in non-compliance will be sent to the Dealer via email to inform them of the breach of MAP, they will have 3 business days to rectify the breach before their first offense.
- 1st Offense: Dealer will be emailed informing them of the 1st violation and will be given 3 business days to rectify the breach of pricing.
- 2nd Offense: Dealer will be emailed a second violation email indicating that their account will be suspended upon a third violation. They will be given 3 business days to rectify the breach of pricing.
- 3rd Offense: Dealer’s account will be suspended for a period of up to 3 months during which orders of the products cannot be placed or shipped. At the end of the period, RoomMates will determine whether or not to reinstate the account’s ability to order the products.
- 4th Offense: Dealer will no longer be able to sell the products.
RoomMates online resellers may not modify product names, descriptions or SKU numbers on product listing pages and marketing materials, such as by omitting or modifying hyphens or other punctuation or take any other actions in an attempt to obscure or conceal violations of this Policy. Any adjustments to product names, descriptions, or SKU numbers must be communicated to RoomMates for approval/denial.
Accounts selling online will be asked to provide the name and address(es) of any storefronts on which they plan to sell RoomMates. Failure to provide this information will result in your account setup being delayed.
If you are buying RoomMates with the intent to act as a distributor, please be aware that MAP is extended to these accounts as well. YOU are responsible for enforcing MAP on these accounts. In the event that one of your customers is found to be violating MAP, you will be notified; if they do not comply, your account will be considered for suspension.
RoomMates does not expect, and will not accept, any assistance from or agreement with its customers about this Policy or its implementation, interpretation or enforcement.
Please make sure that all appropriate people in your organization receive a copy of this Policy. RoomMates reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Minimum Advertised Price generally or with respect to certain products.
If you have any questions about this policy please email our MAP coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas Sales Policy – Updated November 29, 2018
RoomMates allows and encourages retailers to resell its products over the internet. However, in order to abide by restrictions set by licensors, and to follow agreements made with our international partners, there are restrictions that must be followed on overseas sales.
Restrictions are as follows:
- No products can be offered for sale outside of the US and/or Canada (where available).
- Accounts may not willingly and knowingly distribute licensed products to customers outside of set territories (ex. US Only items may not be sold to a UK account for resale purposes).
- All RoomMates products may not be listed to ship internationally Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and other marketplace websites.
It is extremely important that retailers follow these restrictions. Selling licensed items outside of the US and/or Canada exposes retailers and distributors to direct sanctions from licensors. To prevent accounts from being exposed to these risks, we must therefore insist that retailers do everything in their power to follow the guidelines set for international sales.
If you are buying RoomMates with the intent to act as a distributor, please be aware that territory restrictions are extended to these accounts as well. In the event that one of your customers is found to be violating territory restrictions, you will be notified.
If you have any questions about the overseas sales policy, or if you locate a violation of the policy or territory restrictions online, please contact your sales representative for assistance. Thank you for your attention to this matter.