Feeds

Inside-IT Hogs limelight with auction launch

Surplus inventory disposal heralds the return of George's Harley

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Funny thing deja vu - as we shall see. Making Markets, the channel sales initiative run by one time Datrontech sales supremo George Evans, has set up a trade-only auction Web site for the UK channel through its Inside-IT.com portal. The idea is a simple one - as are most of the best business ideas. Working on the principle that one man's meat is another man's murder, it provides a platform for resellers, system builders, distributors and manufacturers to buy and sell surplus inventory. There are 28 product categories in the auction site and successful bidders will receive email notification of their purchases, their details then get forwarded to the seller and they do the business. Details of the auction site were first revealed at trade show CTS 2000 in January of this year. Back then, The Register's Linda Harrison said of the impending auction launch: "Apparently, the launch is gimmick-free, so there's no chance of riding off into the sunset on Evans’ Harley Davidson like last year (or not, as the case may be)." So, imagine our surprise when we read the following on the Inside-IT auction announcement: "Bidding has already started on an introductory auction of a weekend for two in Paris while a Harley Davidson will also go under the hammer in two weeks time courtesy of MakingMarkets.com Managing Director George Evans." There's more to this than meets the eye (isn't there always with you - Ed). We started to get the feeling we'd been here before. Evans, like a lot of channel fellas, likes fast cars and motor bikes, and the Great Harley Davidson Giveaway has figured before in the history of Making Markets. Back in November 1998, Evans announced he was going to put up his Hog (that's a Harley Davidson, if you didn't know) as the star prize in a scratch card competition. The limited edition Heritage Springer had been a gift from his girlfriend, but a sanguine Evans said at the time: "My girlfriend wants me to be successful. Anyway, I'll probably buy another one next year." But no one won the Hog. Back in May 1999, The Register revealed that the winning scratch card was never presented. So the prize went unclaimed. Now Evans is sharing the limelight with the Hog once again. This time it's up for auction though, so perhaps there will be a different outcome. Or perhaps not, the Hog will be withdrawn from the sale at midnight on 31 March. Bidding starts at £8,000. So get bidding - eight measly grand for a Harley Davidson? The man's practically giving the thing away. "It's a great bike and someone will have a lot of fun this summer," said Evans. "Auctions are a really important part of creating an e-marketplace for the channel. Vendors and distributors are now driving the channel to use the Web more to source products. Our Trade-IT auction site will be the perfect vehicle to help facilitate this trend." You'll find the auction facility under the Trade-IT banner on the Inside-IT.com site, which is here. ® Related stories: Inside-IT opens channel portal Hog tied at Making Markets over Harley competition Ex-Datrontech top salesman to flog girlfriend gift

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.