Dell "registered deals" - interested in feedback from schools and suppliers
First off before I start: I like Dell, I like their kit, and I intend to buy more of it. However, their direct sales team leave a lot to be desired at times so I've tended to go through a reseller the last couple of years.
This year my Bursar encouraged me to tender to more suppliers than in the past, and I started doing so last week. This morning, I got a phone call from one of the potential suppliers that explained a somewhat irritating situation to me.
It seems that when Dell resellers want to negotiate a bulk discount, they "register the deal" with Dell. Through some machinations that I don't fully understand, it seems that whichever reseller "registers the deal" first gets preferential pricing over all the other resellers.
This is something I never knew until today, and it seems like a really bad deal for both schools and suppliers; it makes it very difficult for me to get truly competitive quotes, and makes it harder for resellers to compete.
Basically, is there something I'm missing here, or are we all getting shafted by this? Do other manufacturers work this way, or is it just Dell?