Cartels are formed when businesses agree not to compete with each other. Price-fixing, bid-rigging and market-sharing are some of the most serious types of business cartels.
Business cartels are unfair. They cheat customers, who end up paying more for lower quality goods and services. That’s why they are illegal and it’s our job to investigate them.
That’s also why we are giving you useful information to safely report cartels. With your help, we can stop them.
Watch our short videos about anti-competitive behaviours, why they are illegal and why you should report them.
Learn why cartels are bad for the economy and how Competition Law helps businesses put their customers first.
Find out how we investigate cases and protect the identity of complainants.
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Price-fixing is a type of ‘cartel’ – a serious breach of competition law. It can lead to inflated prices and customers being overcharged.
- Agreeing with a competitor what price you will charge your customers.
- It can also include agreements not to sell below a minimum price, or simply agreeing not to undercut a competitor.
Watch our video about price fixing
Marketing share is when businesses agree with other businesses to share markets or customers. You’ll be breaking competition law if you agree with another business:
- not to approach each other’s customers
- not to compete with them for customers, for example in specific locations
Watch our video about market-sharing
Bid-Rigging is a type of cartel where businesses discuss bids for a contract tender with their competitors. Bid rigging involves:
- agreeing with your competitors how much you’ll bid for a contract or share information about your bid
- taking turns to win contracts
- asking other businesses to bid when they do not want the contract (called ‘cover bids’)
- paying other businesses not to bid or when you win a tender
- agreeing with other businesses not to bid or to withdrawing your bid