Reply to post: Re: It still doesn't sound like a smoking gun...

Autonomy did count some hardware sales as marketing costs, ex-finance bod tells High Court

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Re: It still doesn't sound like a smoking gun...

The question of how to account the costs can be tricky. The real question is not what Autonomy precisely did but whether they had a defensible position for their practices. Selling items at cost in a large deal is not uncommon. Whether it is a marketing cost or should be accounted somewhere else keeps the bean counters busy. As a non-accountant I am aware of this practice so I would expect a competent accountant would know to ask some pertinent questions.

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