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Re: Prang vs Crayola

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Fran Marze (
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 11:26:12 -0400 (EDT)

Oh the joys of orders, sending out for bid, then checking all the
We too have to watch the bids. Fortunately, we get the bid sheets back in
April or May and have to go through the entire order again and check for
problems. Some problems we have encountered are suppliers bidding on items
that are not remotely what we originally ordered or in the wrong size(of
course a pint is cheaper, but we ordered a gallon!, for example) It takes
another segment of time (usually at home) to go through all of these and
find the probmes. Sometimes, some of the items are not easy to spot. For
instance, I had order Ross art paste for papier mache and WEd. opened a
dozen jars of WHITE paste. I will save, I called Hammet and got the
customer service rep who is taking care of that.
Also, I have found even things that aren't bid on can be given bid prices.
i usually contact the company that I originally used for order and have
been given good prices which i forward on to the vice principal with
purchase orders. It takes time.

We never know our exact amount. We order, then are told to cut 10% or
whatever or an amount, but remember we are ordering with catalog pricing
before bid. I agree. It would be great to have an amount set aside for
when you unexpectedly run out of black paint or white paint or something.
I don't like to stock pile too much stuff as I have seen too much stuff
wasted.But inferior quality supplies are so wasteful. I too like the Prang
professional pencils for school--the students seem to like them too.
I am not a colored pencil artist but like the Design ones that I have at
home, too.

This is a good chance for us all to give suggestions on orders, bids,e tc.
I even got 10% on a few items from local distributors. You have to ask.