Controversial white-box assembler Z-Tek has resurfaced in South Australia, operating as IT Warehouse in Port Adelaide, despite being forced into liquidation in August by the Victorian Supreme Court.
The Port Adelaide operation began a consumer campaign in the Adelaide Advertiser last week, but despite trading as IT Warehouse, staff answer the phone as Z-Tek. The company claims it will beat any genuine quote "by at least 5 per cent". IT Warehouse was registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission on November 20.
The operation has not escaped the notice of Z-Tek's official administrator, Andrew Dunner from Andrew Dunner and Associates.
"We are still in the middle of our investigations, and we were pleased to be informed of this new operation," he told ARN.
Dunner said he was investigating another operation in Victoria calling itself IT Warehouse, which was listed as a Z-Tek debtor. The administrator is concerned over a letter from the company that stated the debt had been satisfied, and had been paid in cash. Sources in South Australia are also concerned that the company does not issue tax invoices to customers.
"We are looking to take action on those cash payments because we have no record of the transaction. We will be pursuing this matter," Dunner said.
When contacted by ARN, employees at the Port Adelaide store confirmed the company was also trading as Z-Tek but declined to comment on the exact nature of the relationship with the Victorian operation.
"We are not in a position to comment on this," said an employee at the store, "Joel", although he did say the company does do business with the Melbourne office.