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Re: Calling all NANOG'ers - idea for national hardware price quote registry
- From: Valdis.Kletnieks
- Date: Fri Sep 16 19:36:17 2005
On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 14:48:43 PDT, Matt Bazan said:
> Not sure I buy that line of reasoning. Hasn't happened in the myriad of
> other consumer product lines that have open pricing.
The key word here is "consumer product".
> Actually, not the case. CDW and Dell (and all the others) only publish
> their prices for the low end gear that they sell. Anything else
> requires a call to a rep and establishing a relationship.
"low end". Quite the overlap with "consumer". It's pretty easy to find
the "best price" for a Linksys cablemodem. When the router price rivals
that of a Bugatti Veyron, getting a solid answer is a lot tougher - the converse
of "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" is "Whatever you can afford, is
what you'll end up paying". There's not enough margin on a $400 PC to be worth
a real salescritter's time. If it's a $20K server, it's worth a salescritter
to spend quite some time haggling. And if it's a $10M sale, the negotiations
and tap-dancing will go on for a *long* time....
if anybody actually cares...)
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