Q: I have been denied the purchase of fastpitch softball bats by the manufacturer. My question is can they do this?
I was purchasing bats from a authorized retailer and then providing them to kids who may not have been able to afford them. Sometimes for free and sometimes for a reduced cost. Never did I make a profit or was I trying to. Now the manufacturer has denied me from purchasing any products they sell. Can they do this? It seems to me they are treating me unfairly for doing something out of the kindness of my heart.
A: Probably, yes, as long as the manufacturer is not doing it on the basis of discrimination (i.e. if you are what is called a protected class). Maybe try using a third party intermediary to purchase the bats for you (such as a lawyer, who may be able to structure the deal to protect your identity as the client from the manufacturer, or any authorized retailer).
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