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Refurbishers scramble after Microsoft shifts license structure

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Under Microsoft’s new program, authorized refurbishers can set or negotiate prices for licenses sold to third-party companies. | dennizn/Shutterstock

PCs for People is among the organizations that have started reselling software keys to companies that were left in the lurch when Microsoft eliminated its refurbisher program last month.

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Pandemic trends lead to boosted PC sales in Q2

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Second quarter PC shipments this year rose 2.8% compared with the second quarter of 2019. | joyfull/Shutterstock

PC shipments were up almost 3% during the second quarter of the year compared with 2019. Analysis firm Gartner says the growth was driven by stores beginning to rebound from the first-quarter COVID-19 disruptions, as well as a significant increase in laptop sales.

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Analysts: Pandemic prompts IT spending cuts

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Market research firm Gartner noted that in the first quarter of 2020 shipments of new PCs around the world declined by 12.3% year over year. | N.Z.Photography/Shutterstock

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted worldwide supply and demand for new PCs, bringing both bad and good news for computer recyclers and refurbishers, according to Gartner.

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