ORIGINAL: January 2003 LAST REVISED: August 2011 REVISION DATE: January 2016
The purpose of this policy is to define a procedure for the use of mail order catalogs.
Catalogs can be an excellent source of information and sometimes, they are the only source for a needed product. Please be aware of hidden costs such as shipping and handling which can significantly affect the actual purchase price.
By using local suppliers, state money stays within the state, local vendors are supported, assembly/installation is more easily arranged, recourse is frequently better and disputes are more readily resolved.
The benefits in working with local vendors sometimes outweigh the lure of deep discount. (Also see Policy # 119, Assembly and Installation).