I agree with Mark, invest a few dollars to discuss with an attorney. Robinson-Patman was original designed to discourage large companies from predatory pricing and eliminate competition. It applies to tangible products and commodities. Obviously, no one ever considered how it might apply in today's world.
Come up with a list of specific questions to discuss with an attorney that concentrates in this area.
I'm in the process of setting up a business website where I plan on selling a monthly, email newsletter through Paypal. The plan is to give site visitors a chance to support my personal coaching-styled work by offering them different choices of what they'd "like" to pay me. However, no matter what they decide to pay me--------each customer will get the exact same product.
This will all be above board, as I will clearly state that it is the same product, and that it is up to them what they'd like to pay to recieve it.
For example: I would have Paypal "SUBSCRIBE" buttons listed on the website with designated payment amounts like $20, $50, $100, or a one-time "donatiion" for whatever amount they'd like to specify.
Here'a website I found through Google that is an example of what I mean. But it seems to be some kind of a nonprofict site and NOT a business site:
My questions are:
1. Is it legal to sell email newsletter subscriptions using the SUBSCRIBE button this way as a business (instead of as a nonprofit organization)?
2. If I have a DONATE button on a business site, is that legal?
3. Also, if i were to put a DONATE button on my business website, would I have to categorize these as charitable gifts on my taxes as opposed to just listing them like I would any other payments I've received for the sale of my products?
Any info that any of you may can provide would be appreciated.