Apple has denied allegations of "channel stuffing" made by collapsed Australia-based Mac reseller, Buzzle Operations.
Buzzle Operations was formed in 2000 following the merger of six Apple resellers. At its height, it accounted for 40 per cent of Apple sales in Australia. But it collapsed in April 2001 with debts of approximately $30 million - $19 million of which was owed to Apple.
Buzzle has accused Apple of channel stuffing – the alleged practise by computer manufacturers of imposing quarterly targets on resellers, and then forcing them to purchase stock whether or not it's needed. It also alleges that Apple supplied it with defective equipment
An Apple spokesperson denied the allegations, adding that this denial will be "fully ventiliated" in court hearing scheduled for April.
In addition, Buzzle's liquidator, Andrew Wily, has scheduled a public examination in July, in which he is expected to question Apple executives, among others, on the level of, and knowledge of, solvency of the Buzzle Operations business from day one, Financial Review reports.