I found a lower priced item online. Since it is cheaper, am I allowed to purchase?
We understand and acknowledge there will be instances in which this will occur. We also recognize budget limitations. However, the success of these contracts is captured with pricing based on the entire university community. When we can demonstrate aggregation of spend over time, we can then negotiate further cost considerations with these suppliers. Additionally, these contracts are developed with other value-added activities besides cost reduction.
If the price differential is not significant, purchase with the required supplier and forward appropriate information to Procurement. For large price disparities, please contact Procurement for advice or approval. If we cannot resolve with the required supplier, we will work with the departments on alternative sources.