Writing for the Richmond Times-Dispatch , McGregor McCance noted the closure of Richmond, Va.-based Apple reseller Capitol Mac. The news comes in a new article entitled Mac dealer shuts doors.
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The independent Mac dealer has been a fixture in the Richmond area for more than the past decade, but owner Joseph A. Butler Jr. told McCance that his company’s inability to get new flat-panel iMacs from Apple cut into his bottom line. Demand for the new machines, he said, “cannibalized all the other sales.”
Butler’s comments echo the complaints of some other independent dealers around the country, according to McCance. Some independent store owners have suggested that Apple is putting its own retail stores before them when it comes to getting the hot new iMac onto shelves.
Butler told McCance that Capitol Mac’s revenue has dropped a half million dollars since January. “He blames the drop squarely on the iMac issue,” wrote McCance.
McCance reported that a potential buyer for Capitol Mac has emerged. Negotiations were underway late yesterday.