Consider using standardized configurations (that you decide). Often this will get you a few more percentage points of discount.
"The ability to purchase Xerox printers and supplies via the MHEC contract has streamlined our procurement process as well as providing savings to my institution.”
~Joe Miragliotta, Emerging Technologies Manager, College of DuPage, Illinois
If you are buying in quantity, contact a vendor sales rep to ask for special pricing. Quantity pricing can be had for quantities of as low as 25, but discounts will be higher for larger quantities.
“In these economic times, we all need to look at all possible options for reducing our costs. MHEC has coordinated a lot of the background work to analyze vendor products and negotiate extremely good pricing.“
~Warren Wilson, Black Hills State University (SD)
For complex acquisitions, feel free to issue an RFP to select a winner, but use the MHEC contract as the actual purchase vehicle. You can save months by using our pre-negotiated terms
Our contracts are designed to get the best price from the manufacturers, but in many cases your local reseller may be the actual provider of the services. These resellers may be able to offer additional cost-savings due to their intimate knowledge of your institution. This stimulates business in your local community as well as often getting you much better pricing.