Bidders force up ITV Digital IT kit prices

IT bargains were few and far between at last week's ITV Digital auction because it was too popular, IT managers said this week.

IT bargains were few and far between at last week's ITV Digital auction because it was too popular, IT managers said this week.

The auction, which took place last Wednesday and Thursday, offered a wide range of IT equipment from the failed pay-TV channel's head office, including high-end and midrange servers, routers and switches, desktop PCs and laser printers.

Pete Smith, head of IT at satellite communications firm Inmarsat, said he watched the auction online but did not bid for anything in the end because the prices rose too high.

"We looked at the ITV Digital auction site because the company is a similar size to our own - about 500 employees - so we knew we would be able to get the right amount of items," Smith said. "However, some of the prices turned out to be higher than we would have paid for new equipment because the auction was too popular."

Nevertheless, he said, auctions such as this can prove valuable in the current difficult economic climate where new IT investment has become harder to justify.

"We have bought equipment from auctions in the past and it has generally been fine," Smith said. "They are often worthwhile as long as few people know about them."

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