Turkish Competition Board’s Sahibinden Decision: Excessive Pricing

Turkish Competition Board’s Sahibinden Decision: Excessive Pricing

Turkish Competition Board published the reasoned version of its Sahibinden decision where the Board imposed an administrative monetary fine on Sahibinden, dominant online classified ads platform, for abusing its dominant position in the markets for online platform services with regards to vehicles sales/rental and online platform services with regards to real estate sales/rental by applying excessive pricing.

The interesting part of the decision is that whereas the investigation team (except one member) were of the opinion that Sahibinden did not infringed Article 6 of Law No. 4054 through excessive pricing, the Board found infringement and imposed an administrative monetary fine on Sahibinden. Board’s finding an infringement on excessive pricing cases, to date, were quite rare and this is the first decision where an online platform active in a multi-sided market is fined by the Board for excessive pricing grounds.

The reasoned decision (in Turkish) is here.

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