With Web sites for IT companies springing up all over the Net, an Australian initiative has sought to pool the resources of Internet computer retailers providing a one-stop shop for consumers to seek out the best price for whatever hardware component they desire.
The result of this initiative is a new search engine called "Razor Prices" which involves Internet retailers posting price lists by product type on the search engine with links to their homepages should the customer choose.
The person behind the site is 19- year-old webmaster David Rugendyke, who's touting the site as Australia's first interactive hardware search engine.
"Basically I got sick of spending hours on the Net looking for quality hardware at a good price," said Rugendyke. "So that's where the inspiration came from to develop the site."
The new site targets consumers and Rugendyke hopes to also list software products and eventually develop e-commerce capabilities depending on the site's success.
Having spent nine months in construction, the search engine was launched last week, says Rugendyke, who reports an approximate 30 per cent increase in traffic per day already.
Rugendyke claims Australian Internet users can get the best price for their computer upgrade or new system with as little trouble as logging onto the Net. "Its that simple," he said.
A non-profit site, Rugendyke says participation is free for all Internet retailers as long as it's a registered company and can provide updated price lists.
The site is located at www.razorprices.wcq.com.au