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Default OLED Cartel replaces TFT Cartel

OLED Cartel replaces TFT Cartel

Not so long ago, TFT display panel cartels
paid hundreds of millions in fines for fixing
prices and inflating prices.

Nowadays, its all out of patent and anyone
can make it - so your 5.5" mobile phone size
panels sell for about $13.

Now comes OLED panels that is replacing the TFT
but can anyone just go to a shop and buy one?

Fat chance!!

There is an OLED cartel operating that specifically
aims to keep OLED prices as high as possible
to customers.

So you might wish for a 5.5" panel, but that is
an 'approximate' diagonal length - so the manufacturer is free
to vary the horizontal and vertical sizes to make
up an 'approximate' 5.5" panel and each time demand
tooling fees and minimum orders of 1 million units
before they take your order because each panel
then becomes a custom order for which they can charge
tooling fees whilst throwing away the old ones
and intentionally inflate prices.

This time, OLED companies should be fined one third
of their global revenue, and forced to sell off
50% of their manufacturing plants in a fire sale
to independent companies wishing to make OLED panels.

The OLED patent pools can have their total
royalty revenue set some to 75% below current level
because they had no right to those revenues
from inflated prices and must pay it all back
by accepting reduced royalties. Anyone not
in the patent pool, and NPEs should be regulated to either
adopt a patent pool or risk even lower payouts being
imposed at fair trade tribunals.

The OLED industry should be placed in close
supervision for next 10 years to make sure
they can never take orders direct from customers.
Instead all orders must be taken from stockists
in the small quantities they demand. That is how
IC companies operate. The bigger stockists are
just that - bigger stockists - and so big companies
wanting bigger discounts can go to them.
If they want to direct orders from customers,
they need to state all prices publicly and
volume discounts on standardized models
along with stock levels so that customers
are not paying for illegal cartel re-tool costs.

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