JellyNet offers online market for second-hand IT gear

An online forum has been launched to put buyers and sellers of high value IT and networking gear in touch with each other.

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An online forum has been launched to put buyers and sellers of high value IT and networking gear in touch with each other.

The site, called JellyNet, is aimed at IT managers, brokers, resellers and maintenance companies, and will advertise second-hand, refurbished and surplus equipment, said founder Mark Abrahams.

Abrahams said that many companies buy second-hand, either for replacements and spares, or simply to save money, but currently have to ring round brokers to find what they need. Similarly, a company looking to shift its redundant gear either has to use eBay, or simply pass the problem on to a broker.

"I see a big opportunity for end users," Abrahmans said. "Many organisations have business critical systems running on legacy kit, because it is expensive to rewrite applications for current hardware. These organisations can make good use of second hand equipment or parts."

He also said that the WEEE recycling regulations had both added to the cost of getting rid of redundant equipment and made end users think about how to get more life and more value from their hardware

The JellyNet.biz website will give sellers wider exposure and make it easier for buyers to look for what they want, he claimed. Searches can be limited to items in specific counties, for those who want to deal with sellers nearby.

However, unlike eBay, JellyNet.biz is not an auction site, nor does it have facilities to pay for goods - users must contact the advertiser directly to negotiate the deal. And JellyNet's pricing looks very broker-focused - £45 a month to advertise up to 2000 items, with an introductory offer of £75 for three months and unlimited adverts.

Abrahams admitted that his initial problem is persuading advertisers to put prices on stuff - he already has a few brokers on board, but most of their items are priced as "Call."

"We are hoping that over time they will put prices on, but it needs someone to take a lead," he said. "You do need pricing on there."

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