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B2B Marketplace Launched for Used Computer Gear

PowerSource Online Inc. is teaming up with more than 1,500 computer distributors, dealers, resellers and service companies to launch a new marketplace for buyers and sellers of surplus, obsolete, used, secondary and hard-to-find computer gear.

The company said it is moving to the Web a business-to-business trading exchange with real-world offices in California, New Jersey and Paris that lists more than $3 billion in secondary parts inventories from over 250 suppliers.

The new Web-based marketplace migrates a customer base that includes companies such as Compaq, Decision One, Entex, GE Capital, Getronics, IBM, Inacom, Lockheed Martin, NCR and Unisys.

"PowerSourceOnline.com is the alternative to scouring out-of-date ads for parts and systems," said Thomas Peck, president of the company. "It's far more efficient than a flurry of calls, blast faxes and email messages to find the 10 companies that might stock the part you need at the price you're willing to pay. Everything needed to work smarter and faster is now online."

PowerSourceOnline.com features PowerAuction, where computer dealers, resellers and service companies offer parts, systems and peripherals for sale to buyers that submit competing bids. The pre-launch pilot of PowerAuction in February generated $3.2 million in bids on over 350 auctions, the company said.

In May, the company expects to begin testing PowerBid, enabling customers to receive real-time pricing and availability by requesting live bids from qualified, selected vendors.

PowerSourceOnline has also launched a third Web service, PowerWeb, an e-commerce marketing tool that supplies distributors and resellers with a powerful parts search engine and customized Web page that enables their customers to search their Web site by part number or product description, then order online.