I have fought this battle before. The solution is to first get
the quote from Dell small business then call or email our MSU DELL sales
rep. I think this is currently [log in to unmask] He will
create a new quote for the same system at the same price through the
educational sales department. Then place this order through your normal
purchasing channels (departmental financal secretary calls Dell and
places the order referencing the quote using an MSU purchase card). If
you try to use the original Dell small business quote, Dell will charge
sales tax on the order. You cannot place the order through the MSU
computer center with their current system.
Clifford L. Beckett office: 517-355-4659
Electronic System Designer cell: 517-449-8226
A411 E. Fee fax: 517-353-0789
OMM Department email: [log in to unmask]
Michigan State University web: www.obl.msu.edu
East Lansing MI, 48824
Oscar Castaneda wrote:
> Once I ordered something through cstore.msu.edu with a quote that came
> from Dell Small Business. They call me a few days later and said that
> I had to get a quote through the link at cstore.msu.edu. Did you have
> that kind of problem before?
> Peter J Murray wrote:
>> For those of you contemplating purchasing desktops or laptops in
>> these difficult budget times, consider the following.
>> Identical OptiPlex 380 Minitowers, with identical warranties and parts.
>> Price at cstore.msu.edu Dell Premier store $1147
>> Price at dell.com small business $770
>> Price difference $377 (nearly 33% off)
>> The campus Dell rep will price match Dell Small Business deals in
>> most cases, and you can proceed to order in the usual way once you
>> have a quote. What you get is exactly the same, just a lot cheaper.
>> Usually, the best pricing deals will be found by entering
>> www.dell.com, entering the small business store, and clicking on the
>> deals tab. Usually the Optiplex 380 is in that row of choices. The
>> same goes for laptops, saved around $250 on a Vostro 17" laptop that
>> was ordered with research money. You are constrained by what's up on
>> offer that week, but I suspect it will hit upon 80%+ of the needs on
>> this list.
>> For more details, contact me off list. If you have your own tips on
>> saving money IT wise, it'd be nice to hear about them. We have been
>> purchasing toners for our dwindling supply of laser printers at
>> www.monoprice.com at great savings as well.
>> Peter Murray
>> James Madison College