mb2k01 (13th August 2009)
We get several phone calls a day from people selling us things offering us rewards if we spend x amount on IT products, we are allowed to be wary.
As far as I can see nobody has mocked his idea, it'd make a huge amount of sense to allow us to see the product as it may not be something that is suitable to distribute within a school. An example of blindly handing things out goes back to when I was at my first school... collecting barcodes were all the rage because of the barcode game (Barcode Battler, I think) the school blindly handed out lots of leaflets for a charity campaign to collect barcodes... it turns out it went to an adult who was selling the barcodes. Ok, that sounds pretty pathetic... imagine how the admin office felt after they put these in the registers for the children to take home and how dumb the school looked after they'd fell for it.
Obviously the example above is nothing to do with software and a CD, but the damage that could be potentially done. The other issue is if things go wrong, the school would get comeback - especially if people found that the school was being given things for distributing it. Maybe something like a freshers fair exists for parents and schools? That'd be a perfect way to distribute it!
Last edited by dwhyte85; 13th August 2009 at 06:09 PM.
mb2k01 (13th August 2009)
I've been told by our business manager that it is very dodgy ground to be accepting any sort of gift or incentive from a company or to base any decision making on gifts or incentives offered. The main reason being that we are spending public money at the end of the day and have to demonstrate best value at all times. Gifts and incentives can be seen as making this process unfair by some.
Maybe the company isn't for sponsorship, maybe a manager has declined this. I can see why the majority of sponsors come on here, they have targeted markets and products, they might have a product only a small minority want, doesn't make them less valuable, as its still a wanted product.
I would like to know what is the reason for it all - as has been said, money must be made somewhere.
BUT - that wasn't the original question, was it....
IF there are no costs at all, then free resources are a good idea. I agree though that incentives for the whole school might be better. Smaller schools might appreciate vouchers for such things as cameras, webcams and the like as you don't need lots of those at once
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