Computer and Media Dealers Association (CMDA) decided to take stringent action against two dealers found selling HP products by reportedly ordering a 30-day suspension. Says Suresh Joshi, Secretary, CMDA, ”We decided upon this action to serve an example for the channel.” However the trade body was unwilling to divulge the name of these dealers, to safeguard their reputation.
CMDA is also contemplating a meeting with vendors like Ingram Micro, and Redington to lend support to the association boycott of HP products. Pune roughly accounts for Rs 1.75 crore of business in HP peripherals alone.
Two months since HP products have been banned in Pune over the issue of paid octroi, there seems to be no solution in sight, with both the sides refusing to give in.
CMDA President Shyam Bhandari maintained that the association is willing to grant time to HP to get its logistics in place. However, Rajkumar Rishi, HP Commercial Sales and Manager – Imaging and Printing, is yet to respond to the demands made by
Joshi alleged that HP was making attempts to push its products by pressurizing retail outlets. “With the HP-Compaq merger, HP is now trying to bundle its printers with Compaq machines. However, the retailers are with us,” he says.