Apple’s European & UK Premium Resellers Reportedly Unhappy

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After French premium reseller eBizcuss filed its lawsuit against Apple claiming unfair competition, other resellers in Europe and the UK have chimed in with similar frustrations. ChannelWeb received comments from additional resellers echoing eBizcuss’s complaints, albeit anonymously because the resellers are afraid of repercussions that would make matters even worse.

Apple vs. European Authorised Resellers

eBizcuss’ lawsuit accuses Apple of supplying its own stores with products before supplying the resellers. This often means that resellers are short on popular items such as the iPad or MacBook Air. Resellers are also not allowed to stock iPhones, which often means they simply don’t have the products customers are looking for.

The anonymous resellers add a few more complaints to the list including Apple cutting resellers’ credit lines, and Apple’s System Integrators encroaching on the resellers’ markets of education and small-to-medium businesses.

A bigger burr under the saddle of resellers seems to be the mandatory v2 store format due by the end of this year. These redesigns can cost around $400,000 each. If they are not done by the deadline, the resellers stand to lose between 2% to 4% of their margin. According to the report, the new format will reduce the amount of third-party accessories they can offer which can be a lucrative part of their business.

An anonymous European reseller put it this way, “…one must concede that without product to place in their shops, with unfair competition from Apple’s own pricing and regulation, with no access to iPhone, with no guarantee from Apple on any of the previous topics, it may be a very dangerous game to play.”

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

Artie

Julie,

If you’re going to post your writings in public, you might want to ponder the following:

it’s = “it is”
its = “of it”

Lee Dronick

it?s = ?it is?
its = ?of it?

Ya gotta watch them homophones. With autocorrect that is an easy typo to happen.

Bryan Chaffin

Responsibility lies with me. I missed the homophones during editing. Thanks for the notes?the article has been corrected.

You folks are always welcome to contact me directly with such issues.

Speesh

‘European and UK’?
Since when was the UK not a part of Europe?

Bryan Chaffin

Since they kept the Pound Sterling.

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