If I could inject some facts into this discussion.
I'm the person quoted in the source article. I've been with them for over 25 years.
We do indeed have 75 employees. We do far more than just sell hardware. A trip to our Web site will show the list. Only about 20% of our employees are involved in the retail hardware business.
We were the first dealer. Not the first to sell apple. As some pointed out, Byteshop holds that honor. But we were the first company to sign a dealer contract with them. Our buyer traveled out to the west coast computer fair and saw the very first public showing of the not yet shipping apple II computer being demoed by a couple guys named Steve. He also met with Mike markula, the then president of apple. He had Mike and Steve jobs fly out to demo one of the very first apple II computers off the assembly line to our company. Oddly, mr Jobs didn't speak at all during the demo. He just ran the computer. Apple didn't have any contracts at the time, so we gave them a copy of our pioneer audio contract and they used that as the basis for their very first dealer contract, which we signed.
Hope that clears up some of the questions.
-Fred Evans, Firsttech.