Friday, January 14, 2011

Vendor Negotiations and Discounts

We understand that our member libraries are dealing with unprecedented economic struggles right now, and want to do everything they can to make every penny count. Over the next few weeks, Califa will be contacting all of our vendors to explain the dire situation in California and negotiate bigger discounts. We understand that some libraries are thinking of negotiating on their own, outside of Califa. While we certainly applaud any further discounts that libraries can secure, the strength of a cooperative is in all members working together for the common good, so if you are able to negotiate a better price on your own, we ask that you keep Califa informed and request from the vendor that the price you are able to negotiate be extended for all Califa members.

To facilitate communication amongst members, we have started a "secret" group on Facebook where we can post updates and current quotes from vendors. The only people who can see the posts will be the invited group members. If you would like to join the group, please email me back (and include the email you use for facebook if you have a common name) and I will add you. Califa will post our own ongoing negotiations there, and hope that we can get feedback from members if you are talking to vendors individually.

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