• AmigaKit.com reaches its 10th anniversary!

    From Stephen Walsh@1:2320/100 to All on Fri Jun 27 11:57:10 2014
    * Forwarded from COMP.SYS.AMIGA.MISC by Stephen Walsh (3:633/280).
    * Originally by: google@amigakit.us (google@amigakit.us), 27 Jun 14 05:44.
    * Originally to: all.

    AmigaKit.com reaches 10th birthday!

    Way back in June 2004, AmigaKit opened it's doors to its first customers. We are very pleased to reach the 10th
    anniversary of the launch and would like to make a special thank you to all who has supported us through the last

    It is not an easy market place to trade and there have been many challenges over the last 10 years. We hope to achieve
    even more for the Amiga and our customers in the next 10 years.

    A Special Message To Our Long Standing Customers

    There is a core group of customers worldwide that have ordered from us regularly since 2004 to the present day. This
    seems a good occasion to express our sincerest gratitude. We would like to thank them for their orders and keeping
    AmigaKit going through the good times and the more challenging times. As a celebration of this event, we would ask any
    of these customers to contact us if you are placing an order in the very near future so we can offer you a loyalty
    discount on any items you may need.

    A Brief History of AmigaKit

    In 2004, the Amiga reseller scene was going through a lot of change, several retailers across the world either closed
    down or faded away. Store website inventories were no longer being updated or domains being renewed, and slowly one by
    one, the choice for consumers dwindled away.

    AmigaKit was established as a full time business to help in some way buck the trend and provided a professional reliable
    service to Amiga users worldwide where they can obtain their Amiga products and services without paying over inflated
    prices in well known auction websites. We established a full time technical support service to provide after sales
    support and help customers with installation queries.

    We started developing our own software in-house such as OS-Install, EasyNet and EasyADF and continue to produce software
    to this day, including the new AMIStore for A-EON Technology.

    In 2006, AmigaKit purchased the remaining inventory from Eyetech and the Amiga product range grew in size, so we moved
    into new offices in Cardiff. For the very first time, we visited the famous Amiwest show in California and met the
    many customers there that were up to that point, just names on our system and not faces and personalities. Exhibiting
    at shows became a long standing tradition for us from this point. Attending conventions and shows always is costly but
    at the same time it is rewarding to personally speak to our customers and build friendships on many occasions.

    In 2008, the remaining inventory of High Street Micro was also acquired. One of the problems we found was that there
    were no new product being manufactured so we had to re-invest our revenues into sponsoring hardware and software
    projects and encouraging hardware development. Several products were a result of this scheme including the popular
    products such as the ZorRAM and MAS Player evolution. Most recently we have diversified into manufacturing Amiga
    joysticks such as the Arcade Evolution joystick.

    In 2009, we took on another full time technician so that we had more capacity for Amiga repairs, servicing and in-house
    hardware projects. One of the first tasks of the year was to prepare for the AmigaONE X1000 project which we were only
    involved in from a reseller point of view. Later on in late 2010, our role changed and we had to help get the project
    back on track.

    By 2012, it was clear we needed a large building and the opportunity came around to buy a property a mile away from our
    offices. It required a lot of renovation to meet our requirements and the building work presented many challenges
    during the six months. Once this was complete we slowly migrated our operations and inventory from old building to the
    new during the summer months.

    What is next for the AmigaKit project?

    Our business would not exist without our loyal customers, so the most important relationship is with all the Amiga fans
    out there. We will continue to support them with technical help and visit computer shows around the world putting faces
    to names.

    Our continued partnership with many hardware suppliers and partners will produce new Classic Amiga and Next Generation
    Amiga projects. If customer continue to vote with their wallets and buy these new products, our suppliers can continue
    to expand their resources for many more new exciting products in the future.

    We have already made plans and are committed to producing and sponsoring more software projects and working together
    with other companies in the Amiga market to make the Amiga a more successful computer platform. Here's to another

    Messages from our business partners:

    "I would like to congratulate Matthew and AmigaKit for 10 years of service to the Classic and Next-Generation Amiga
    community. I was customer of AmigaKit and Matthew long before we became friends and business partners. In 2005 AmigaKit
    built my first A1-XE AmigaOS 4 system and shortly after my first Pegasos II MorphOS system. Although I used other
    suppliers, Amigakit was always my first port of call for all my Amiga spares, consumables and repairs. We even
    collaborated on several special Classic Amiga projects which included an experimental multi-booting Amiga 4000 tower
    system which at the time supported AmigaOS3.9, a pre-release beta version of AmigOS4.0 Classic and MorphOS PowerUp. In
    my experience AmigaKit's service and reliability has always been first class and I had no hesitation in selecting
    Matthew and his team when we were looking for distribution partners for the new AmigaONE X1000 back in 2010. All that
    remains to be said is congratulation on reaching your 10th anniversary, here's to the next ten years. " Trevor
    Dickinson, co-founder, A-EON Technology

    "AmigaKit has been a reliable partner from the very start. They don't just move boxes, but provide real added value with
    their service. I've gotten to know the people behind AmigaKit at a number of Amiga shows, and I also met their families.
    We've always had a great time, and I'm looking forward to more meetings and continued solid business. Here's to the next
    ten years!" Jens Schoenfeld, Individual Computers

    "E3B has been in business relationship with Amigakit now for over five years now. Several projects, like the ZorRAM or
    the new PRISMA sound card, were developped and produced in close cooperation, always with the goal in mind to get
    customer tailor made solutions for the Amiga community. Of course, things were not always easy, and working together
    while being separated by some thousand kilometers, with beta tester sitting all around the world, can be demanding - all
    project so far did suceed, and this seems to prove we are on the right way. We hope to continue this relationship also
    for the future and congratulate for 10 years in business!" Michael Boehmer, E3B

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