Doesn’t It Make You Mad When…
Posted by Nancy on June 25, 2008
Township meeting tonight. Our deputies need new computers. They know what they want – let’s call them “Brand T” – and won’t accept another brand. What they want costs over $3,200, and isn’t in our budget.
I have been researching computers for weeks months, yet we keep disagreeing over what to buy for them. The one trustee, who doesn’t know squat about computer systems, keeps insisting we buy “Brand T,” while I say either buy cheap laptops for $500 or so and replace them as often as necessary, or buy a different brand of hardened computer for less than half the price. We’ll call those “Brand D.” At less than half the price you are also getting a phenomenally better setup with “Brand D.”
What really made me mad was the request Mr. Trustee had from the deputies, comparing the prices of the two brands. “See, they are only about $1,200 apart in price, and our deputies deserve the best,” he intoned.
Please define “best.”
He didn’t understand they weren’t comparing apples to apples. They speced out two totally different computers. “Brand T” came with an 80 GB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13″ monitor. They compared that to “Brand D” with a 160 GB hard drive, 3 GB of RAM, and a 15″ screen. Oh, and for good measure they added Office 2007 to the one they don’t want, to inflate the price a little more. They didn’t add it to the other one, though. “Brand D” still came in under $2,000.
I am tired of wasting time. I am tired of listening to him bloviate. I am tired of being treated like a woman who doesn’t know her place.
We finally voted to buy the less expensive hardened ones, but not without that inevitable “NO” vote from the other end of the table.
I speced it out online later this evening at $1,412, including the daylight-readable TFT screen.