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Up to 5,000 consumers are without a PC following the acquisition of Tiny Computer by Time Computer.

The punters had all bought machines before Tiny called in the administrators last week but have yet to receive them.

Time says it is currently trying to contact these customers to provide them with alternative PCs. It is also offering the chance of a refund to others.

A spokesman for Time assured consumers that they would be looked after. "Customers should not worry - we are trying to resolve this matter," he said.

While Time struggles to handle the back log of orders it's also facing difficulties tying up loose ends following its acquisition of Tiny's business.

It says that Scotland-based Fullarton Computer Industries - Tiny's PC assembler – is holding Tiny stock estimated to value around £2 million. Time argues that it acquired this stock as part of its acquisition of Tiny and is eager to get its hands on it.

A spokesman for Fullarton declined to comment on the matter except to say that "everything belongs to the administrator" and that the "administrator is in charge".

Elsewhere, Time reckons around a thousand PCs are trapped in transit following Tiny's demise. No one from couriers Business Post was available for comment by press time.

And electrical retail chain Powerhouse last week shut all 20 of Tiny's instore concessions following the appointment of administrators.

A spokeswoman for Powerhouse said that this had been done to make sure that the "products were secure" and to ensure that "all the stock could be accounted for".

No one from administrators, Grant Thornton, was available for comment at time of writing. ®

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