Apple ]['s were available in the UK via a national (non-Apple) distributor before 1980. My memory says around '78, but you would have to check that.
I started* the company that originally distributed Apple products in Canada, incorporated in 1978. The Saskatoon Public School District had more computers per student in 1980 than anywhere else in Canada. We were the first international distributor they had.
Apple went direct in Canada (Apple-owned firm) in 1983 or '84, and also used a number of independent distributors simultaneously; at least 2 in the US and at least 1 in Canada.
You could ask an Apple reseller if they still get product via Ingram Micro in Canada, although as far as I know they still do.
* I didn't work there, but provided startup money, support at the bank in the form of loan guarantees, retail space inside my current retail store, and office and warehouse space also in my store. The computer company, Custom Computing, was part owned by my company. They also developed software for Apple computers.
Although most people think Apple = Macintosh, Apple ][ sales exceeded Mac sales up to around '88, and were in production until October 15, 1993.
Last edited by gordguide; Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:45 PM.