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    Thumbs up Where Do You Order Your Stuff From?

    Hey all,
    I've started a new job a primary school & been there three weeks. I've been asked by the school to find quotes for PC & Network etc, the school isnt allowed to order anything online so it has to be paper order?! (I KNOW) If you now any good places to order please let me know?

    Thank You

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    There's nothing stopping you contacting online companies. Just request they send a quotation by e-mail and it's problem sorted

    I can recommend MicroDirect who are very good, large or small orders.

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    SCL Online accepts purchase orders ;-)

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    CPC - Over 100, 000 products from one of the worlds leading distributors of electronic and related products. | CPC
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    they do education with purchase orders and stuff...

    infact, most of the big internet ones will accept purchase orders. Then they send an invoice and it gets paid.

    voila!

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    We use dabs.com - PC Hardware, Components, Software, Digital Cameras, MP3 Players, or also Ash distribution and Bigpockets.com


    My best supplier is A2Z computers. contact there "Chirs Shier and if you mention that Nick Arter referred you, he will give you a good deal"

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    We use these companies mainly:

    eBuyer
    CPC
    Misco
    Dabs

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    Ebuyer have good account managers. Seem to be helpful on the small stuff as well as the big orders.

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    We also use these:
    Dell
    Stone
    Toshiba
    The Cutter Project (Sun / Thin Client / Terminal Servers)
    Solutions Inc (Apple Solutions Expert)

    We have a company we use for our network infrastructure after running a mini-competition 3 years ago. They came second but the original company was bought out 9 months into the partnership and the prices went up whilst the quality went down (no names mentioned but those local to me can guess who I mean!) We now work with CAE, a Cisco Gold Partner (and they also partner up with XMA and Dataspire on Academy work)

    General bits and pieces (consumables, printers, IWBs, etc) from this lot.
    Panacea
    IDNS
    Dabs
    Misco

    We also have another 10 or so on the books that we rotate in when handing out our shopping list.

    We put together all the things we need, we send the shopping list out to 3 of the above and to 3 more from the 'extras' list ... they send back their prices. They get one shot to bid and we say that we may pick and chose what we get from them. They have 2 weeks to get it back to us and then we take 2 weeks to go through and check it all.

    Best price does not always win but it is a high factor. Reliability on delivery and quality of support (including returns) is important. This is why we don't use certain suppliers anymore or will not even have contact with some of those that now have bad reputations (see the bad experiences forum for examples).

    Software is via Ramesys unless we have the option to go direct to the company (and we tend to compare it against Ramesys' pricing too).

    The only other company we always use is Lapsafe. We haven't found another product out there like the kit we get from them.

    I hope this helps. If you need direct contact details for any of the above please PM me.

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    CCL Computers - Awarded Best Online Retailer 2007 & 2006 for Laptops, Desktops & Computer Hardware and http://www.insight.com/uk/ are also both worth a go, and for consumerables I use Action Aid Recycling as they are by far the cheapest place, I've tried loads of others and they are brilliant on price, and every ink I buy donates money to charity same with toner and when you return the empties they get a few p more so over a year in a school you can raise probably a few hundred pounds without spending more on your supplies or having fancy dress days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenlong1985 View Post
    If you now any good places to order please let me know?
    I know there's been comments as to otherwise, but personally I've found Insight to be absolutely great - pick up the phone, order what we want (sometimes as late as 4:30pm), stuff turns up next day.

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    Insight have a schools discount of (I think) cost + 4%, and deliver next day free. Unless it's something unusual, we use them for most things now because other people just can't compete.

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    We've been using Insight for the last year or so. Great prices (Catalyst) - when you get an account you get better prices than you see on their website without. You can order online (still on Credit) or via paper and have access to your account manager who can sort out very good deals (as Kieron did with our last batch of HP tower PCs).

    And to top it off, free next day delivery.

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    Also pay attention to some of our advertisers and sponsors - the majority are ethically run, smaller companies... ICT Direct are particularly competitive and can source pretty much anything and more!

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    Anyone in the midlands area would be worth looking up Laptop House. I know Im down in Devon, but Ive worked with them for a few years now and they've not let me down. Like ICT Direct, who I can heads up too - small company, reliable and can source pretty much anything. They are at Laptop House Ltd

    The usual cuprits of DABs, Misco, Printware and Insight for hardware. Ramesys and Pugh for software.

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