Over many years, we have found that purchasing Dell computers from
their "retail" newspaper inserts is the most economical way to do
business with them. Take the same computer that they are advertising
for $X to retail people and try to purchase such as an educational
institution and you will pay $100+ more.
Again, I work at a small school. We have developed a method of
keeping track of "who bought what" for warranty work and other
situations that come up.
Point, add "education" to the purchase, you pay more. When I have
officially run bids through manufacturers, Dell looses, big time and,
customer service lacks a great deal.
Now, if I were buying 100+ computers, they might treat me differently
but we have been averaging about 6 a year for many years. Have not
been pleased with Dell at all in all interactions for many years now.
(Relates to GM for those of you who remember the "old days"). Once
upon a time.....
This is, of course, one person's opinion, not the official opinion of
the school that I work with/for.
At 04:59 PM 5/21/2009, you wrote:
>We have our own premier page as well, it's a great resource. But I
>still get better pricing direct from my rep when I talk volume. After a
>quick look at the pricing... this is actually more expensive than what
>SB will pay for their systems this year from Dell.
>I've been talking to our rep (Jeff Wells) about this as well and Dell is
>very keen to do more with this. I believe that it will be a topic at the
>Pizza conference tomorrow during the Dell session.
>Sounds like we're making progress :)
>Michael Vining, SB Network Services
>South Burlington School District
>South Burlington, Vermont 05403
>Direct: (802) 652-7298
>DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050
>From: School Information Technology Discussion
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Everett
>Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 4:39 PM
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>Subject: Dell purchasing - VTconsortium
>We work with a number of schools and Supervisory Unions in the
>For years we have been working with different vendors trying to
>leverage our several small school purchases into big school pricing.
>We have made arrangements with Dell to create a Premier page that our
>schools can access.
>The schools can go to the site, prepare quotes and then submit POs
>directly to Dell for their orders.
>We DO NOT get a kick back or compensation from the site, Dell or
>anywhere/one else for any sales generated via this process (just to
>remove any misconceptions).
>The site was created under Orleans Central Supervisory Union. If you
>prepare a quote, don't use the pull down to select Darla or myself as
>the contact. Just enter who you want the quote sent to-yourself or
>your purchasing agent.
>If your schools want to be included, we can ask our Dell rep to
>include you if you send me an email.
>Or you can contact him directly
>800-981-3355 ext 7250039
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