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Retail Sales (Firm Sale)

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A copy sold to a retailer, on a firm sale basis, intended for resale as a single copy to a consumer.


  1. Single copy made available for purchase by the consumer from the retailer

  2. Copies are purchased from the publisher by the retailer, on a firm sale basis, either direct or via the distribution chain (typically distributor and/or wholesaler)

  3. Cover price must be published on or inside front or back cover of the publication

  4. The price paid for the publication by the consumer must be clear and conspicuous

  5. The retailers’ ability to vary supply must not be unduly restricted

  6. If the final rate classification is not known then estimates must be made 

  7. Reported by rate, comparing price paid by the consumer with the Basic Cover Price

The requirements and guidance for this category are available in the following sectors: