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RE: [K12OSN] School Server





> Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 09:32:13 -0500
> From: peter scheie homedns org
> To: k12osn redhat com
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] School Server
>
> Les Mikesell wrote:
> > Terrell Prudé Jr. wrote:
> >> Timothy Legge wrote:
> >>> I would consider something other than Dell. Unfortunately, I am in
> >>> Canada and most of the time Customs and Brokerage fees just make it a
> >>> hassle...
> >>>
> >>> Tim
> >>>
> >>
> >> Assuming that building your own server is not an option here....
> >>
> >> Give both Penguin and ZaReason a call. Perhaps they've dealt with
> >> this and have an easy way to handle shipments to Canada. Penguin's
> >> been around for long enough that, who knows, they might have a
> >> "dealership" of some sort up there.
> >>
> >> Failing that, then Les's suggestion of IBM is a good one.
> >
> > I haven't actually done the purchasing of these for a while - it used to
> > be that IBM pricing was only competitive if you were a large customer
> > and qualified for discounts where Dell took the opposite approach and
> > often gave the best prices in the 'small/medium' business section of
> > their on-line site. But things might be different now - or in Canada.
> >
> With Dell, it is still that way. A colleague and I were on the phone pricing
> out a Dell server. The price he was seeing was about $1000 less than what I was
> seeing for an identical configuration. The difference was he came through the
> Small/Home Business link on the Dell website, and I came through the
> Large/Enterprise link. So, if you price out a Dell, make sure you try multiple
> paths to the config you want.
>
> Peter
>
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I had a similar Dell experience as Peter.  I called them directly and asked for a price on a computer component through our "dealer" at the school board.  Once the school board guy had a better deal and the other time the direct Dell person had a better price.



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