How to get me to ignore your quote
If you’re a supplier and I’ve forwarded you my technical requirements for a large purchase, here’s a few easy tips you can use to ensure your quote goes straight in my round file.
- Ask me when the kit needs to be delivered, despite the answer being on page 1 of the tender document.
- Ask me if I’d like HP kit instead, when I’ve explicitly said that I don’t on page 1 of the tender document.
- Leave out the one component from a machine that I said was essential on the tender document.
- Quote for completely different models than those I asked for on the tender document despite me saying I wanted those exact models. You know, on the tender document. Bonus points for a different brand, and for not sending me the specification of the alternatives you quoted for.
- Quote for full-size tower workstations when I specified ultra-small workstations with a wall mount on the tender document.
- Quote for monitors with no USB ports when I explicitly said on the tender document that they must have USB ports.
- Quote for a 1 year warranty when I said I wanted 3 years on the tender document.
- Bump up the price by quoting a more expensive version of Windows than the one I asked for on the tender document.
- Make it clear in some other way that you HAVEN’T BOTHERED TO READ THE SODDING TENDER DOCUMENT.
Seriously, do you think I wrote up 6 pages of equipment specifications for a laugh? The whole idea of it was to take the guesswork out of the process for you, precisely so I wouldn’t treat your resulting half-baked and incompetent attempt at a quote with the utterly deserved mixture of bemusement and scorn that it received in equal measures.
When you call me next year to ask if you can quote on anything, I will say ‘no’. Understand that this will not be me declining you the chance to quote, it is a simple answer to the question of whether you are actually capable of producing a quote.