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325D.04 SELLING BELOW COST FORBIDDEN.
Any retailer, wholesaler, subjobber or vending machines operator engaged in business within
this state, who sells, offers for sale or advertises for sale, any commodity, article, goods, wares,
or merchandise at less than the cost thereof to such vendor, or gives, offers to give or advertises
the intent to give away any commodity, article, goods, wares, or merchandise for the purpose
or with the effect of injuring a competitor or destroying competition, shall be guilty of unfair
discrimination; and, upon conviction, subject to the penalty therefor provided in section 325D.071.
Any retailer, wholesaler, subjobber or vending machines operator who sells goods in any part
of this state at prices lower than those exacted by the person elsewhere in the state for like qualities
and grades and where the effect of such lower prices may be substantially to lessen competition or
tend to create a monopoly in any line of business, or to injure, destroy, or prevent competition
with the person selling at such lower prices, shall be guilty of unfair competition and subject to
the penalties of section 325D.071; provided, that nothing shall prevent differentials in prices in
different localities which make only due allowances for differences in "cost of doing business" or
"overhead expense" and in costs of delivery for such goods to different localities; nor differences
in prices in an endeavor made in good faith to meet the legal prices of a competitor selling the
same commodity, articles, goods, wares or merchandise in the same locality or trade area.
The inhibition against sales below cost or locality discrimination shall embrace any scheme
of special rebates, collateral contracts, or any device of any nature whereby such discrimination is,
in substance or fact, effected in violation of the spirit and intent of sections 325D.01 to 325D.07.
History: (3976-41) 1937 c 116 pt 2 s 2; 1939 c 403 s 1; 1941 c 326 s 1; 1957 c 822 s 2;
1987 c 384 art 2 s 1