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Would-be eBay Internet auctioneer NuAuction.com has become the latest Web-based business to jump onto the free PC -- or, more accurately, the PC-for-spam -- bandwagon. NuAuction is to offer 12,000 free computers to anyone who registers their name, address, phone number and email details with the company, and is willing to put up It will begin picking names out of the hat in June, and will continue on a monthly basis until the 12,000 total has been reached. The company did not state how many machines would be issued each month -- it simply said, it would depend on the number of people who "register for the auctions both for buying and selling". While that's not technically at odds with the claim that would-be winners are not obliged to use the NuAuction service, it does mean that no one will get a machine until enough people begin offering goods. A second 'catch' is that winners will have to may have pay sales tax on the computers they win. However, NuAuction's rules do not say winners are responsible for shipping costs, which should please international applicants, who have not been barred from entry. Finally, NuAuction will not accept registrations from users of free email services, such as Hotmail, Netcenter and YahooMail. The company claimed this is because it cannot verify the authenticity of such participants. NuAuction claimed that the information it receives from registrations will be kept private and only used to mail registered users with messages from its sponsors. The company admitted the chances of winning were "one in 3000", but anyone who fancies their chances should go here. ®

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