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Working On A Project With Clients That Are Federally Funded.... Insane!

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posted on May, 9 2012 @ 08:59 PM
So I'm working on a project about automating sales processes for a company that sells technology to the Local & State Govt./Federal/Educational market.

Majority of such entities are now forced to get a minimum of 3 quotes on technology products ranging from desktops, laptops, switches, routers, Voip, wireless & onsite services.
The lowest quote gets the order!
It's as simple as that if the vendor meets the minimum requirements in terms of reputation and competency.
But they wouldn't be part of the RFP(request for proposal)/RFQ(request for quote) if they didn't meet these standards anyhow, so everyone quoting is already good to go.

But two things.........

What I have learned throughout a few months is that many clients have relationships with a particular salesperson from a given reseller
So even if they don't have the best quote, they get the order!
This is YOUR money!

They have buying periods and receive grants from Govt.(you by force)
Even if they have purchased everything that they need they can still use remaining funds to buy whatever they want, whether it is a necessity or not is a non-issue
Because if they don't use all their funds the remaining funds will NOT be carried over to the next buying season.

They will a whole bunch of other things that are absolutely not necessary.

This is not even corruption, there's enough corruption with socialism to begin with!
But this is just a symptom of bad horrible policy!!!

So corruption is not the only thing to worry about, stupidty is as well

If the company was not publicly funded they wouldn't be throwing YOUR money around like it equates to dust

Something to think about!

posted on May, 9 2012 @ 09:06 PM
Yea, this has been going on for years. I've been caught up in buying sprees plenty of times trying to keep the following years budget up. At least with me, I always spent it on things we could and did use around the shop. I've seen others be a little more shady. My favorite ones though, were when you'd be looking through the stock system and see items grossly overpriced. For example:

6 ft tape measure..small enough to fit in your pocket-$112

Fire Extinguisher mount for a vehicle-$120

There's been more, but that's two that just come to mind. And yes, both I did do feedback reports on.


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