been busted by a supervisor for surfing eBay when you should be rewriting
that tech note or monitoring the etchers' plasma flows? Wouldn't it
be great if you had an excuse to visit the online auction site during
working hours? Type "semiconductor equipment" into eBay's
search engine and voilá! Refurbished chipmaking gear is only
a purchase order away.
another few clicks, the only eBay storefront dedicated to semiconductor
tools pops up on your screen. At press time, 27 items were listed for
sale there, most of them pumps and RF components. The big-ticket piece
was an Edwards Drystar pump listed at $6000, while cartridges for chiller
filters held up the bottom end at $50 a pop. No auction action at this
store—all prices were set.
proprietor is Precision Technicians, a semiconductor equipment refurb
outfit located in Mesa, AZ. According to eBay's records, the company
has been hawking tools on the auction site since February 2002. PTI's
online customers seem quite satisfied with their transactional experiences,
based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback scores from the past year
asked for more details about the company's storefront, PTI's Rick Nelson
said in an e-mail that "our presence on eBay is merely an experiment...We
have not had the time or the empirical data to quantify the advantages
of using eBay or develop any meaningful statistical breakdown of eBay
or not PTI's eBay experiment
pays off on the bottom line, it's comforting to know that a replacement
cryopump is only a few clicks away.