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An on-demand business process for re-selling used IT equipment and realising its resale value early through the sale of new equipment to a second customer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020263D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many IT customers wish to replace or to migrate installed equipment to new, more powerful computers after a certain period of time. A supplier can offer to do this at the best possible price when the resale value of the installed equipment can be maximised. Unfortunately, resale value of used IT systems is often very low and it can be very difficult to find other customers who may wish to purchase the used systems at the right time. The concept of this paper is to create a 'virtual' resale of the used equipment to another Customer B at a fixed price, some period of time prior to when the original Customer A wishes to dispose of it.