How do *you* choose who to buy from?
Following on from the discussion about prizes http://www.edugeek.net/forums/our-ad...rize-draw.html I thought I would take the conversation over here rather than detract from the prize draw.
My original response (and subsequent discussion) was not aimed specifically at CP Ltd and staff, but a general point about how a number of suppliers have a number of schemes which could cause problems for some people.
I know that talking about how people buy things gets a response from some of "Flippin' red tape!" and mumbling about beancounters ... but there is usually a good reason why it is there ...
So ... the question is how do you make your choice about who to buy from? Is this advice from your LA? Have any of you ever been challenged by auditors about what you do?
I was challenged a few years ago about purchasing Lapsafe units. We wanted the Ambassador line and could not find any other similar product. It still needed some improvements and no supplier / reseller could arrange for the changes we wanted so we worked directly with Lapsafe. Considering the cost over the years and that we did not go out to tender then auditors were not happy, but could not in the end come up with an alternative way we could have done it until 12 months later. Now, we would have to do a documented analysis of the functionality of the different possible options so that should there be a challenge we had a paper trail. I didn't do that originally (mainly down to time) and so I had to change how I did things.
Have any of you previously worked one way and then had to change? Was it an improvement or just a paper exercise?