US reseller Elite Computer has closed its five San Francisco Bay Area stores, and holds Apple to blame.

The closures cost 50 jobs. Elite Computer owner Thomas Armes told the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal the closures were forced for two reasons: Apple has changed its reseller contracts and also delivers new products to its own chain of retail stores in preference to third party resellers, he said.

The new contract limits resellers rights to sue for damages in disputes with Apple. Armes also claims Apple didn't provide as much product to his stores.

"If it weren't for our problems with Apple, there is no way we would have closed," he claimed.

The company is engaged in litigation against Apple on the matter, and no longer supplies Macs.