channel stuffing
n. To artificially boost sales at the end of a fiscal year by offering distributors and dealers special incentives to purchase more goods than they need. Also: channel-stuffing.

Example Citations:
Andrew C. Brosseau, an analyst with Cowen & Company, has gone from a strong buy on Informix in December to “underperform” today. “Fundamentally, you still have the lingering impact of the channel stuffing that took place in 1996,” he said, noting that the company now faces a restructuring and potential layoffs.
—Lawrence M. Fisher, “Market Place; A surprising poor performance by Informix has most analysts backing off the company’s stock,” The New York Times, May 19, 1997

In April investors filed a class-action suit, claiming Dunlap had deliberately misled them and that “channel stuffing” had caused sales to collapse in the first quarter.
—Garth Alexander, “Chainsaw Dunlap gets the axe,” The Sunday Times (London), June 21, 1998

Earliest Citation:
He also believes vendors are finding that distributors are carrying much more clout, especially with the merger of Ingram and Micro D, and won’t put up with channel stuffing by software publishers.
—Robert C. Scott, “Overstocked channel blamed for lowered Microsoft sales,” Computer & Software News, March 13, 1989

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