Local internet retail company 1-Day sparked international interest when it announced that Microsoft was taking a 75 percent share in the company yesterday. A press release claimed the successful concept and product attracted Microsoft. 1-Day offers three IT products at midday every day at heavily discounted prices.
Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates was quoted as saying New Zealand can be proud of this particular business.
“Any company processing 160 credit card transactions per minute is going to get our attention but we are excited about having the opportunity to take this concept to customers around the world”.
1-Day director Luke Howard-Willis claimed the company was in a state of shock.
“It was an offer too good to refuse. I only met Bill briefly but he was a nice guy who was very interested in what we did and how we got started”.
However, it was revealed today that the release was an April Fools joke.
1-Day issued a statement which said: "Don’t feel too bad - thousands of others have been too and while we would have loved Billy to take over the company, we are still just a small Kiwi team having a bit of fun along the way. When this truly does happen however, you guys will be the first to know."
1-Day director Luke Howard-Willis and Microsoft's Bill Gates 'seal' the deal - not.