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No, that's not true. Certain industries (new cars) cannot sell direct to consumers (retail) but for the most part they can. For the most part, however, manufacturers do not sell direct because that's not their specialty. They sell wholesale to the retailers (or through a wholesaler) who has more of a specialty marketing to consumers. This is not because of any state of the law (again, except for new cars and other very limited situations).
For example, you can go to Dell and buy a new computer. Or you can buy a Dell computer through Amazon or other brick and mortar stores. They're a manufacturer that you can buy direct from. You can buy direct from Apple (at an Apple store or online). But they also sell through wholesalers. Other times they only sell through wholesalers, etc... It just depends upon the sales strategy.
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