Compaq is to pilot a service enabling customers to buy PCs over the Internet this year. According to sources close to the company the facility will be an extension of the company?s Compaq Direct catalogue operation and will initially be available only in north America.
Such services, which are also under consideration at other PC vendors including, reportedly, IBM, will infuriate PC channels.
Compaq Direct was launched for the north American market 18 months ago and has accumulated almost $10 billion worth of business in that period. The company has also recently created a financing company offering financial and leasing options to customers. It will operate solely in north America and is called Compaq Capital Corporation.
Financing for UK customers is offered by Dana Commercial Credit, to which Compaq has outsourced its financing activities.
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