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Short Take: CompUSA launches online auctions

Retailer CompUSA is launching an online auction site, CompUSAauctions.com, to sell off clearance items including personal computers, peripherals, accessories and related technology devices that have been returned, discontinued, or refurbished. Previously, the company sold such items to brokers. Merchandise bought on the auction site may not be returned to CompUSA retail stores and the auction site is separate from CompUSA's Internet sales subsidiary, CompUSA Net.com.

Kim Girard
Kim Girard has written about business and technology for more than a decade, as an editor at CNET News.com, senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine and online writer at Red Herring. As a freelancer, she's written for publications including Fast Company, CIO and Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She also assisted Business Week's Peter Burrows with his 2003 book Backfire, which covered the travails of controversial Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. An avid cook, she's blogged about the joy of cheap wine and thinks about food most days in ways some find obsessive.
Kim Girard
Retailer CompUSA is launching an online auction site, , to sell off clearance items including personal computers, peripherals, accessories and related technology devices that have been returned, discontinued, or refurbished. Previously, the company sold such items to brokers. Merchandise bought on the auction site may not be returned to CompUSA retail stores and the auction site is separate from CompUSA's Internet sales subsidiary, CompUSA Net.com.