All the Major Swimming Pool Equipment Suppliers continued Raising Prices in February 2022 We have received price i...
In the midst of the pandemic, Pentair quietly acquired Pleatco. Not sure why the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) didn't consider this purchase a bad thing for consumers. They should have blocked this purchase for the potential of giving Pentair the ability to fix prices in the replacement pool filter cartridge market. Fast forward to 1/1/2023 and that is exactly what they are doing. Effective New Years Day 2023, Pleatco is rolling out MAP (Manufacturer Approved Pricing) for the majority of their replacement filter cartridges currently being sold online by e-retailers like ourselves.
For the past 60 days we have been receiving hate mail from Pleatco telling us that we have many of their products on our website that are in violation of their proposed new MAP product pricing. Further, if we do not correct the pricing by 1/1/2023 we will incur a penalty.....not exactly sure what that is although I suspect it is like other companies that do this monopolist behavior....they will threaten to stop selling the products to my supplier if they continue to sell them to my company. This unfortunately, is American commerce today.
Manfacturers with too much power dictate what retailers can sell their products for by controlling the supply to the distributors.
Retailers do not buy directly from manufacturers in most cases. Distributors with big warehouse networks across the country buy directly from the manufacturers and then retailers purchase from the distributors. In the world of e-commerce this is a very familiar business model. When a manufacturer does this, we have no choice but to raise our prices to be in line with the new MAP product pricing, else potentially lose the ability to source the products from our suppliers which will stop sellilng to us rather than risk their relatioinship with the manufacturer.
In this instance, Pentair, the maker of quality pool equipment has purchased a company that makes generic after-market replacement cartridges for other pool equipment manufacturers, Pentair included. Pleatco provided a lower cost quality, alternative product to the original manufacturer, more expensive cartridges in order to allow consumers a choice for affordably maintaining their pools. What Pentair is doing by implementing MAP product pricing is dramatically closing the price different between the original manufacturer pool filter cartridges and the after-market Pleatco brand pool filter cartridges. The list of price violations we were provided show that, on average, prices will be increasing approx. 20-25%. OUCH!!!!
Unfortunately, we are a small business that cannot possibly fight and win this battle, so we will be adhering to the new Pleatco MAP product pricing effective 1/1/2023.
Perahps if we all complain, something can be done. Click here to file a complaint with the FTC>Bureau of Competition if you would like to try to stop this type of monopolistic behavior.
owner/operator - www.allpoolfilters4less.com
Find What You Need for Your Swimming Pool Easily at All Pool Filters 4 Less
It's March 2019 and that means we are almost ready for swimming pool season. In some places like Florida and Southern California, pool season has already started. For the rest of the country, it's just about here. To ensure you have a pool season you can enjoy, rather than a pool nightmare with never ending maintenance, water testing, and struggling to keep your pool water clean and clear, shop at All Pool Filters 4 Less for your swimming pool needs.
How can you find what you need? Glad you asked. :) We have tried to make it as easy as possible to search our website for the products you need for your swimming pool. Below are screenshots and descriptions showing the different ways to navigate our website:
1. Know the part number you are looking for?
Use our website product search feature at the top right of any page. Click the Search button, this will cause the Product Search function to appear just under the Search button. Here you can enter a keyword such as a part number or filter model number and then press the blue Search button to get search results.
2. Know the Manufacturer/Model of your filter?
Use the Products fly out menus to find your particular filter model or other category. Hover your mouse over PRODUCTS and the fly out menu will appear. Hover over a selection such as Hayward Pool Filters and see more fly out menu options. This will allow you to locate a particular filter model. Click on your filter model to be taken to the filter model page which will contain all the items we offer for that filter model as well as a link to the filter model parts diagram.
3. Not sure exactly what you are looking for?
Browse by Category. On our Home page, scroll down until you will see a section titled, "Browse by Category". From this point downward there are ICONS that will guide you to a category of items. Once you click on the particular category, you will be taken to the category page where you may find sub-categories to define your search further or see a list of all items available for that category.
4. If you cannot find what you are looking for, feel free to text us or give us a call and we'll be glad to help out. :)