I agree with eBuyer and Misco, personally had really bad experiences with Insight, wouldn't touch them with a 10ft cat5e cable! The education contact at Misco was a chap called Mark Conway. decent fellar.
It may also be worth contacting your LEA, they can sometimes get things such as printers cheaper as they may be buying 50-60 for the LA as appose to the 1 or 2 you may require. We do that on bulk orders and some consumerbles. We have saved a packet. All they do for us is invoice our school and it's sorted from there. All in house really.
The LEA may also have a list of 'preferred' suppliers/contractors, as we have discovered, often just in time, some can be listed from previous bad experiences etc. Kep your own back covered.
European Electronique is my main supplier. They bend over backwards to give me the best prices.
Well most of our computers come from RM (well kind of obvious). As for Toners andOther bits we use AMC, Halcyon and RM.
All our Networking/AV these days comes from Ralco Mcneils.
If need any details of contacts let me know and will send them over.
Use Dabs mostly, superb delivery and good prices. Never had a bad experience yet. (sorry online)
Also use IT Index (pretty good for the hard to find stuff) online too sorry and Misco.... ermmm onine too but they all do purchase order if you want.
For the little bits I use CCL as its just up the road from me and I pass it on the way home.
Dabs/Misco/Ebuyer. Sometimes get the odd hard to find item/refurb from ICT Direct too. We also buy stuff sometimes from our network install contractor, but generally we prefer to taunt them with the prices we've found elsewhere.
I should imagine that you have been looked after by now but its always good to have a few different suppliers to shop with , Computer Products Ltd is a educational Hardware,Software and Consumable specialist that will go the extra mile for its customers with price and service in mind and we currently have a superb promotion on at the moment for a chance to win a 42" Flat Screen TV for your School or College no purchase required so be sure to make your way to our website and register for a chance to win,
We also work on email and faxed quotations and Purchase orders,
I agree, Insight do suck. We had a good accounts manager until he left, the new one sucks.
We use a company called 4 Way Solutions, they're good for building an IT room, if you want the odd little thing, they will normally even send you a linky to someone else who's cheaper :D
I don't know if this helps you or not. Officially we're not allowed to order online either, but we get round it by me writing out the purchase order, getting it signed by the Head and Finance Manager, then ordering online, quoting the purchase order number in the ordering page or email.
Originally Posted by stevenlong1985
Misco and other have a field on the order form for purchase order number, which they print on their invoices. Others probably do the same.
We don't actually send the paperwork to the supplier. The supplier gets the online order they prefer, and we get the paperwork in order for the files.
I agreed this with our finance manager a while ago and it works (as long as I don't add a bit to the online order).
We use Capella Pro and Business IT Support Team for most of our IT Kit, got our M$ licences from Direct-IT..
Capella are based in Manchester and 9/10 everything we buy is delivered to following day!
CPC - General Stuff, Printers, Consumables, Peripherals.
DABS - As Above (Do nice Toshiba laptops at a fair price)
Insight - Bulk of our PC orders, superb account manager, discount as a school, recently bought 12 Smartboards from here, best priced of any company. (Quotes always come back with 5-12.5% discount on items)
Videk - Cables, extensions, patching stuff.
Pugh and Caretower for Licensing, including Microsoft Schools Agreement, Insight quote MS licensing as well
We use insight too
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
I generally tend to check the prices on PCWB.com | Laptops, Desktop PC's, Printers, Projectors & More (prices are cheaper than advertised once you log in) and then get a quote. Once I have one I then use this to check around to see who can better it. The reason being is that all the orders I have had quoted for from pcwb.com have rarely been beaten.
IC Technology - for Dell dekstops/laptops/servers, pricing is good and you can actually speak to your account manager rather than leave 10 voicemails!
for most items I tend to chop and change between Insight and Misco
I tend to use Misco and Insight here - have used Insight for a couple of consumable orders lately with no issues.
I have just received 12 PC's from Stone and they are pretty decent spec for the price so I may be ordering more from Stone into the future if they are any good.
I forgot to mention either Ramesys, Insight or Pugh for our licences / software.
Most IT companies like ourselves receive purchase orders from schools, which is paid within 30 days.
Originally Posted by stevenlong1985
Most schools I know do this and generally don't purchase online upfront, they may do quote online then paperwork is then faxed to the school
good luck hunting