Luxury brands snatch away online bargains – Times Online

Posted on April 26, 2010

TIME is running out for bargain hunters seeking discount designer labels on the internet.

Online shoppers face higher prices for luxury clothing, perfumes and handbags because high-end brands have won new powers to block discount websites from selling their products.

New rules approved in Brussels mean brands such as Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton will be able to stop online retailers from selling their products if they do not have “bricks and mortar” high street stores.

The rules are a victory for luxury manufacturers, which have been lobbying Brussels to protect their profits against erosion from cut-price website retailers.

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