Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2012 20:15 UTC
Apple Way back in 2005, only a few months after I joined the OSNews team, I interviewed Wim Schermer, founder and then-owner of the largest chain of Apple "Premium Reseller" stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport (now iCentre). In fact, Wim Schermer was the first Dutchman to buy a Macintosh - the original Macintosh, that is - in The Netherlands, and went on to start his Apple reseller business in 1988. While the interview covered many aspects, one thing always stuck with me: Schermer was concerned about what would happen to his business if Apple were to open an official Apple Store in The Netherlands. Seven years later, his concerns are becoming reality.
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All aboard! All aboard!
by frderi on Sat 11th Feb 2012 15:56 UTC
frderi
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2011-06-17

The Holwerda FUD train is leaving the station!

Excactly HOW is the financial situation of two dealers a general trend for the entire EU? In my country, there have never been as many stores carrying Apple products as now! Back in the nineties, you were very hard pressed to find Apple products in the generic electronic outlets, and Apple dealers and authorized repair centres were tiny outfits tucked away in crummy places. Nowadays, we have several different Apple-only store chains operating in my province alone, and they are all offering a buying experience which is highly modeled after apple retail stores.

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RE: All aboard! All aboard!
by MOS6510 on Mon 13th Feb 2012 06:20 in reply to "All aboard! All aboard!"
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2011-05-12

So it's more likely those two dealers are in trouble because the number of places you can get Apple stuff has increased so much.

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RE[2]: All aboard! All aboard!
by frderi on Mon 13th Feb 2012 18:30 in reply to "RE: All aboard! All aboard!"
frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

So it's more likely those two dealers are in trouble because the number of places you can get Apple stuff has increased so much.


That's also a probability. Wat is certain is that the topic of the original article is a gross generalization and hardly the accurate representation of the state of Apple dealers in Europe it claims to be.

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