Apple US resellers at Macworld Expo Boston 2004 are reporting a healthy trade - in stark contrast to many of their colleagues.

Recently, a collection of US resellers formed Tell On Apple, a protest group seeking to sue the company over unfair practices.

They claim Apple sells merchandise to its own retail stores for less than it charges resellers - and are claiming $7.5 million in damages.

Yet showgoer Brian Georges, co-owner of MacMedia, said: "Apple's stores have not been hurting my business."

And the Apple Solution Providers spoken to by CRN said they have also experienced strong sales growth this year.

Gorham Micro's Don Moody expects to see an 8 per cent to 10 per cent increase in his Apple business this year. "Our Macintosh business is very good," he said.

He added: "I would like to see Apple fix some of the supply constraints that have hampered my ability to get products such as G5 CPUs and LCD displays", he said. "We can sell everything we can get."

He advised Apple: "Don't announce a product until it is well-stocked on Apple Specialists' shelves. Customers at least want to see a demo. What happens is all the excitement is gone before the product is on the shelves."

Crywolf CEO Kevin Langdon is pleased with the support it is getting from Apple. "We'd like to thank Apple for the support they are giving us. As a group our sales are up from last year. A lot of people got into this business to make money. Apple dealers got into this business because they like Macs."

"Apple continues to give us fantastic products to sell," he said. " OS X is the best OS on the face of the planet and they continue to improve it. It's great to be an Apple Specialist."