SUMMARY: Gray Market! (Long Over due, Sorry)

From: Mike Myers <>
Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 13:37:29 EDT
Dear Gurus and Gurettes,

I first would like to apologize for such a late summary posting.

Next I would like to thank the numerous fellow box beaters on there 
wonderful insight and depth of knowledge.  I would thank all individually, 
but quite frankly it would make this email way to long.  So thank you all.


The Gray Market has its positives and negatives as expected.  I heard some 
instances of saving over 75% on the good side and on the opposing side some 
major projects being put on hold because of hardware not being delivered on 
time, broken or the wrong item.

I would say that the overall feeling was positive, once there was an 
established relationship.  The voting was around a 70/30 split in favor of 
using the Gray Market.

Since I was/am new to the Sun side and had a budget to put into action 
quickly, I used your recommendation:) I am happy to say that I ordered 10 
systems from one of the recommended companies and could not believe the 
saving.  Plus all systems were fully integrated and ready to go.  We ended 
up having one bad stick of RAM, but it was replaced within 24 hours.

Needless to say the power of the group sure allowed me to make a great 
impression with my new company.  I was able to get a little more horsepower 
a few more systems and spent just over half what they had originally 

As for recommendation, I do not want to be a commercial so anyone who would 
like to know a few highly recommended Gray Market hardware resellers please 
just ask, I will be more than happy to pass them along.

Some suggested Ebay, but said it was a 50/50 shot as to weather you were 
going to get quality and what is actually advertised.

Others warned about system in the Gray Market not being eligible for Sun 
maintenance.  The company I used guaranteed the sytems would qualify for Sun 
Maintenance.  They actually now have a program where Sun will come onsite 
and certify your machines.

So that is the low down on the Gray Market.  Be cautious but don't be scared 
to use it.  Due to the potential of failure, recommendations from others are 
highly recommended.

Thank you group for all the wonderful help and more importantly my end of 
year bonus!!!



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