The Internet is revolutionising commerce globally and offers unparalleled opportunities to consumers and businesses alike.  Open markets will deliver increased choice and competition as well as lower prices for consumers at a time when Europe’s citizens are struggling with higher costs of living. 

This future is put at risk by barriers to trade which limit consumer choice and make it harder for citizens to buy and sell across the EU.

  1. Some brands try to block the sale of their authentic products through online marketplaces and other websites – whether new or second-hand.
  2. While some goods may be cheaper outside the EU, trademark laws often prevent consumers from importing them into the EU.
  3. Consumers are used to reselling physical goods, but it is much harder with digital goods.  We need to make this easier whilst protecting the “first sale” rights of copyright holders.  

We are therefore calling on European policymakers to ‘Support the Right to Resale’ and we need your help.  Sign our petition and help persuade them to take action.

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The Internet is revolutionising commerce globally and offers unparalleled opportunities to consumers and businesses alike, especially small entrepreneurs.  

Open markets deliver increased choice and competition as well as lower prices for consumers at a time when Europe’s citizens are struggling with higher costs of living.  By allowing SMEs to reach new global markets anytime and anywhere, Connected Commerce will create new growth and jobs for hundreds of thousands of European businesses.  

This future is put at risk by barriers to trade – both online and offline – that limit consumer choice and make it harder for citizens to buy and sell across the EU.  We therefore call upon policymakers to ‘Support the Right to Resell’ by:   

  • Stopping brands and manufacturers from banning the sale and resale of their products online, on eBay or other online marketplaces.  Consumers should not pay higher prices because of ‘digital protectionism’. They should be free to buy their favourite brands on their favourite marketplaces.    
  • Changing trademark rules to stop brands from blocking imports by consumers of already purchased genuine trademarked goods into the EU.  Consumers shouldn’t be blocked from buying goods more cheaply from outside the EU because of outdated laws.
  • Working with industry and copyright holders to make it easier for consumers to resell digital goods online. Consumers should be able to resell digital goods just as they are able to resell non-digital goods, in a way which respects the “first sale” rights of copyright holders.