Minimum Advertised Price Policy for HARD Goods-Pedals ONLY
Updated and Effective January 1, 2019
Shimano North America Bicycle, Inc. (“Shimano”) has established a unilateral policy (the “Policy”) regarding the minimum
advertised price (“MAP”) of its products in the United States.
Shimano believes that this Policy is necessary to ensure the preservation of the superior image of our brand and the value of
our products, and to ensure that retailers provide effective marketing and sales support for all Shimano products. This Policy
has been unilaterally adopted by Shimano and will be unilaterally enforced. Shimano is not requesting, or otherwise seeking,
any agreement or acknowledgment regarding this Policy from any retailer.
Terms of the Policy
This Policy applies only to retailer advertising of Shimano-branded bicycle HARD goods products, SPECIFICALLY
SHIMANO PEDALS, other than products that have been identified by Shimano as “close out.” PLEASE REFER TO
ADDENDUM TO SHIMANO MAP POLICY FOR PEDAL PRODUCT LISTING. Shimano will, from time to time,
identify certain products from a specific season’s merchandise as close out as of a prescribed date from which this Policy
shall cease to apply. For purposes of this Policy, HARD goods products include Pedals only.
Except as otherwise provided in this Policy or stated in writing by Shimano, the MAP for any Shimano product covered by
this Policy is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for that product. This policy does not apply to the actual price
at which Shimano products are sold by retailers. Each retailer is free to independently determine its actual retail price for
Unless subject to an exception specified below, any retailer advertisement that presents a price for a Shimano product lower
than the MSRP for that product is a violation of this Policy. In addition, any retailer advertisement which indicates a
Shimano product covered by this Policy is on sale, offered at a discount, eligible for a promotion, or any similar reference
that a consumer would reasonably believe implies a price for such product below MSRP is a violation of this Policy, whether
or not the advertisement lists a specific price for the product. For purposes of this Policy, advertising a price lower than the
- *Advertising Shimano product covered by this Policy in combination with non-Shimano product at a single price;
- *Advertising multiple Shimano products in combination for a single price that is less than the combined MSRPs.
- *Advertising that offers gift certificates or store credit in combination with Shimano product at a single price, where
- the value of the gift certificate or store credit results in a net advertised price below MSRP.
- * Advertising a store-wide or site-wide sale or other general discount or promotion that, when applied to the sale of a
- Shimano product covered by this Policy, would result in a net advertised price below MSRP, unless such advertising
- does not identify the Shimano brand by name and includes no brand exclusion within the cycling category. When a
- store-wide or site-wide sale or other general discount or promotion includes one or more brand exclusions within the
- cycling category, Shimano HARD goods products must also be prominently listed as a brand exclusion, or such sale,
- discount or promotion applicable to Shimano products covered by this Policy shall be considered a violation of this
- *Advertising Shimano product through an online auction where the minimum displayed bid is less than MSRP.
This Policy applies to all forms of advertising, including mailings (physical, emailed or disseminated by electronic media),
catalogs, print ads (inserts, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and displays at consumer exhibitions and shows. The display of a
Shimano product covered by this Policy on any website, including a retailer’s own website or any social media site, any
mobile app or any other electronic media, is advertising subject to this Policy. Any price information relating to Shimano
products on any website which can be accessed directly through any hypertext link or by any other method which uses the
hypertext transfer protocol (http) or any comparable protocol is considered to be advertising for purposes of this Policy.
This Policy will also apply to any form of digital marketing which is intended to communicate a price on a Shimano product
covered by this Policy below MSRP, including, for example, retargeting ads and pricing feeds to search engines, aggregators
or other third-party sites.
This Policy does not apply to the following (exceptions):
*Brick-and-mortar in-store displays, in-store banners, or in-store price markings
*Price information displayed on any website “shopping cart” page as a direct result of a customer’s action to make
the final purchase decision
*Electronic mail sent in direct response to a specific customer inquiry
*Advertising that offers free installation with purchase; free delivery with purchase; free training with purchase; or
free service with purchase, unless that advertising specifies a dollar value for these activities which implies a net
price for a Shimano product covered by this Policy below MSRP
*Advertising that offers a free gift with purchase so long as the gift has insignificant value relative to the total
purchase and includes no stated value for the gift which would imply a net price below MSRP.
*Advertising points or other accrued benefits from a retailer loyalty or comparable program which may be used
toward the purchase of a Shimano product so long as that product was not advertised at a price below MSRP and the
points or other accrued benefits were earned prior to, and are not dependent on, such purchase.
In response to any violations of this Policy, Shimano, in its unilateral discretion, will take the following actions:
First Violation: Shimano will issue a warning letter.
Second Violation: The retailer will be suspended for a period of at least 30 days, and during the suspension Shimano
will not ship product covered by this Policy to the retailer on any outstanding or new orders.
Third Violation: Shimano will cancel any outstanding orders from the retailer for product covered by this Policy
and will refuse to accept any new orders for product covered by this Policy from the retailer for
the remainder of the current season and the entirety of the subsequent season.
Shimano also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cause the same action that it takes with the Shimano product covered
by this MAP Policy, or a comparable action, to be taken with Shimano product not covered by this MAP Policy.
Questions Regarding This Policy
Compliance with this Policy is entirely within the control of each retailer. This Policy is non-negotiable and no modifications
will be made for any retailer. Shimano cannot and will not discuss this Policy outside of providing the terms of the Policy
and examples of compliant and non-compliant advertising.
In general, Shimano gathers input and feedback from retailers about policies and practices. If you have comments or
concerns about this Policy, you may submit those by email to email@example.com. Shimano will not respond to any
comments from one retailer about the activities of any other retailer.
ADDENDUM TO SHIMANO MAP POLICY FOR PEDAL PRODUCT LISTING
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