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    Do you have a preferred supplier?

    I'm curious how you all manage your purchase locations..

    Do you have a preferred supplier or do you always look around for the best deal everytime you're spending a large (more than 1k say) amount of money?

    Also do we actually have an edugeek recommended supplier list? a list made by the members with positive and negative responses? or is that not possible because of the various board sponsors?

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    We have to supply three quotes for anything over 2500 so we always get three quotes. I always feel bad going to different suppliers saying, "Please can you quote for this" But we always go with the best deal possible.

    Joe @ CP gets Business and RM get it. Other suppliers have gotten business but it's always a fight between these two!

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    depends on what i am after

    switches and ruckus stuff i use either Net Ctrl or CPltd
    PCs (used for our SEN dept) I use john at ict direct
    anything else, i ring around and get best price

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    We have to supply three quotes for anyting over 1000. I also always feel bad asking suppliers for quote and they never end up getting them. Again it usually ends up been CP that get the business.

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    I have to provide 3 quotes for every purchase, regardless of order size, so every order is looked at individually.

    My list of preferred suppliers is Insight UK, CSE Ltd, Kas, and IDNS.

    Obviously, specialised stuff ends up being farmed out to other companies, but the above 4 manage 90% of my orders pretty well.

    It does amaze me how much prices fluctuate though.

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    I tend to use Dan at WStore. We gat a good price and delivery is free.

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    Any major purchases (i.e. over 1000) I have to get three formal quotes, for really major purchases (10s of thousands) then they have to be by sealed quote opened by myself and the bursar at the same time.

    Day to day I look on the websites of BT Business Direct, Insight & Probrand. 99 times out of 100 Probrand are cheapest at the moment and therefore get my business.

    When I need toners I send out formal quote requests to IDNS, Insight & Probrand. They seem to take in turns to be cheapest on those items.

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    Insight and WStore and our two regular suppliers, and between them to probably supply 60% of the equipment we purchase. Other main supplier is Dell direct through their education premier team. Yet to have their prices beaten by a Dell reseller or by HP/IBM/Lenovo. For most things we get quotes from at least 3 suppliers, and normally go to a few more adding in new suppliers to see how price competitive they are.

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    I tend to use CPLtd for most stuff and occasionally get quotes from elsewhere to make sure we're still getting a good deal, Theres no requirement for me to get more than 1 quote but I'm still expected to get good value for money at all times.

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    Officially it's 3 quotes on anything over 5k. Realistically it's 3 quotes over 500. Who I ask depends on what it is - some of our suppliers have pricing for certain kit that makes other suppliers cry, in other areas it's more closely matched.

    And it's best value, not cheapest. Price is important, but competent informed sales staff, reliable honest courier, good stock availability, and a willingness to go the extra mile to help us out will get you a lot of return business.

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    generally use Stone

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    We have used the same supplier of our workstations for the past 7 years as they cannot be beaten on price especially as they also offer a 5 year onsite warranty within this price. (excellent aftersales service)

    Promethean installed 95% of our IWBs of which 50% are 6 years old (They are just so reliable).

    Printers and toners supplied by XMA as we have all HP and they have been superb, oldest printer 8 years old (HP4600n 250,000 prints only changed 1 transfer and fuser kit).

    Projectors we have used various suppliers latest being CPLTD (Cracking job by them).

    All latest Servers have been supplied by our workstation supplier (Millenium Business Systems) Excellent price too.

    San1 Supplied by our server software supplier (RM) excellent price for 6Tb user storage + D2D2T solution with DiskBox storage.

    San2 Sun 7110 supplied by the cutter project (Another excellent job by them just wished I could have afforded 2).

    All other peripherals sought not always at cheapest price but reliabilty and after sales service.

    As Pete above stated: good after sales service and going that extra mile means we will stay loyal to that company.

    Sorry if I missed anything out
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    ...And it's best value, not cheapest. Price is important, but competent informed sales staff, reliable honest courier, good stock availability, and a willingness to go the extra mile to help us out will get you a lot of return business.
    I agree with this. If somethings slightly more but comes with good support/delivery then that's the one we go for.

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    I've just done a comparison of 6 of the same products from 8 different computer component suppliers, exact same motherboard, processor, hard drive from each and adding each ones value psu around 500w, value 22" monitor and the cheapest supplied single 2GB stick from each suppliers stock.

    Between:
    novatech, overclockers uk, scan.co.uk, ebuyer, misco, insight, ash distribution, ccl computrs and ariapc

    I found that:
    overclockers were able to provide the best price of motherboard, processor and hard disk
    Ebuyer were able to provide the best price of monitor
    scan were able to provide the best price of power supply
    ariapc were able to provide the best price of memory

    Our preffered (certainly NOT my preffered, but the schools preffered) supplier isn't any of the above, if we were to do a replacement of 100 motherboards + processors, 31 hard disks and 31 monitors we would save 2500 by using the above cheapest suppliers to do our purchases

    Sadly for some BIZZARE reason i have to persuade people to do this due to loyalties. To all of you wouldn't a saving of 2.5k be a no brainer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    I've just done a comparison of 6 of the same products from 8 different computer component suppliers, exact same motherboard, processor, hard drive from each and adding each ones value psu around 500w, value 22" monitor and the cheapest supplied single 2GB stick from each suppliers stock.

    Between:
    novatech, overclockers uk, scan.co.uk, ebuyer, misco, insight, ash distribution, ccl computrs and ariapc

    I found that:
    overclockers were able to provide the best price of motherboard, processor and hard disk
    Ebuyer were able to provide the best price of monitor
    scan were able to provide the best price of power supply
    ariapc were able to provide the best price of memory

    Our preffered (certainly NOT my preffered, but the schools preffered) supplier isn't any of the above, if we were to do a replacement of 100 motherboards + processors, 31 hard disks and 31 monitors we would save 2500 by using the above cheapest suppliers to do our purchases

    Sadly for some BIZZARE reason i have to persuade people to do this due to loyalties. To all of you wouldn't a saving of 2.5k be a no brainer?
    One thing I've found is that unless you have an account manager at many of the business suppliers (Insight, Misco etc) the prices you see on the website are pretty bad. For instance I know that insight have almost always been cheaper than ebuyer/overclockers for us, and if their not they'll almost certainly price match.

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