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NC Wants Refund from Toys 'R' Us

Posted November 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— North Carolina's Attorney General is asking for a refund from the world's largest toy store. Two months ago, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Toys "R" Us used its size to drive toy prices up. Now, Mike Easley is suing to get some of that money back.

The toy retail chain apparently has a great deal of clout with toy makers. One example of the kind o thing Easley is concerned about is the fact that Toys 'R' Us can sell a particular Barbie Doll by itself, while other outlets can only sell the same doll with other accessories. Easley says that is a form of price-fixing, because Toys 'R' Us can set its own price for the doll.

Easley says the state is suing because this is one of the ways the manufacturer and retailer have tried to get around anti-trust laws.

Easley says he hopes the suit will win the right for North Carolinians to buy what they want where they want, and give Toys 'R' Us competitors a fighting chance as the busy holiday season approaches.

Shoppers at the Cary Toys 'R' Us had mixed reactions to news of the suit. Tracey Regis says she doesn't like the practice.

Randy Reinink says he doesn't thing it will matter to most people.

Laura Bajerski says she's disappointed in the defendants.

The possibility of collecting damages from the suit is a long way off. Easley says if proceeds are forthcoming, the money will go to a children's charity.

Photographer:Lori Lair