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xKit launches to connect AV buyers and sellers in the ME

xKit launches to connect AV buyers and sellers in the ME

xKit launches to connect AV buyers and sellers in the ME

Middle East:

A new online platform has been launched to pair buyers with sellers of audiovisual equipment throughout the GCC territories. Named xKit, the service catalogues a wide variety of new and used professional audio, video, lighting, rigging and backline equipment from a network of manufacturers and suppliers with the aim of providing buyers with the best price locally.

Jean Michel Elias
Jean Michel Elias

Having been actively involved in the regional AV industry for almost 15 years, Jean Michel Elias has identified a gap in the Middle East– the second-hand equipment market largely comprises of sporadic Facebook groups and listings. By working closely with large number of vendors, xKit has already amassed a sizeable equipment offering spanning most major brands. In addition to its supply hub, the company will also provide system designs and consultation to aid in selecting the right product for the right application.

“I’m a lighting designer by profession and I’m usually doing a lot of traveling and work with different AV suppliers and vendors,” Jean Michel explained of the company’s origins. “There’s always been someone either selling something or wanting to upgrade and looking for kit. I had previously connected suppliers together and helped them facilitate a deal and this is where the idea for xKit was born – a platform to connect vendors and suppliers in the region and help with facilitating deals and all the logistics that come with it. We aim to become the most sought-after hub when it comes to buying and selling AV kit. We’re making sure the prices on the platform are the best the buyer can get and that the support with logistics is unparalleled.”

For a start-up company, xKit certainly has one major strength on its side – numbers. But while it doesn’t hold stock centrally, the service is much more than an online marketplace. “Other than connecting buyers and sellers in the region through our platform and the great variety of brands and products, xKit handles everything on behalf of the vendor, from pickup to delivery, shipping and everything in between,” the founder furthered. “We deal with new, used and B-stock equipment and also offer a host of other services, such as in-house inspection for non-brand certified used products, servicing and refurbishing of used products and system consultation and design. Furthermore, vendor registration and product listing on the platform is absolutely free.”

Having only just launched, the platform already boasts equipment, new and old, to meet all users’ budgetary demands. “This concept has been in the works for a bit more than a year, however we had a lot more time to work on it and fully develop it during the pandemic. As you know, all of sudden, we had a lot of time on our hands,” added Jean Michel. “The response has been great so far. We are growing by the day and we are certainly seeing interest growing within brands and vendors. For any professionals looking for new or second-hand equipment in the Middle East and GCC, I suggest they check out our ever-expanding catalogue.”

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