Sounds good to me Brian. Try it. All they can say is 'no'. As for all the down sides, we haven't bought anything yet. Lets go one step at a time here.
But I say go for it. ---- Original message ---- >Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 23:52:52 -0500 >From: Brian Rohrbacher <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Subject: Re: [WISPA] INSURANCE NOW canopy prices >To: WISPA General List <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >Basically what I propose (in a nutshell) is going to a the distrobuters >and saying this. I have ten or twenty or whatever WISPs and we all want >to buy ten units of *insert brand here* and have them all shipped to >different addresses and charged to different accounts. What are you >willing to do to accomidate us? I know there are a number of >distobuters out there. Ones that do millions worth of gear all the way >down to ones that operate WISPs and became resellers of the gear they >use in order to get their volume up. If ten people can install ten a >month. That is 1200 a year. If we look, I bet there is a reseller >somewhere who wants to increase volume by 1200 a year. 5k a year >wouldn't be stretching the imagination too far either. > >Am I dumb here guys? Why wouldn't this work? > >Tom DeReggi wrote: > >> Charles, >> >> I fully second your post. >> Well said. >> >> Tom DeReggi >> RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc >> IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband >> >> >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Charles Wu" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "'WISPA General List'" <email@example.com> >> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 9:25 PM >> Subject: RE: [WISPA] INSURANCE NOW canopy prices >> >> >> <snip> >> You would think it would work that way, but Volume Buying ends up eating >> the organization and the organization becomes caught up in being a >> volume club. >> </snip> >> >> We all know that there's more to a WISP than just putting up an AP and >> getting a T1 line >> >> Having run both a WISP and a distribution company, I can personally >> attest >> to the fact that there's more to distribution (which is what your >> proposing) >> than breaking up a 500 pack amongst WISP >> >> Have you considered all the risks / implications that the buying group >> faces? For starters, there's the question of payment -- given that the >> buying group has no / limited credit, chances are that any vendor will >> require cash up front for the purchase >> >> So, for example, say Motorola Canopy is the product WISPA chooses >> Then WISPA / Buying Group needs to come up w/ $100k to purchase that 500 >> pack (at say, $200 / unit for simplicity's sake) >> Then, WISPA / Buying Group needs to come up w/ a warehouse to store stuff >> Then, WISPA / Buying Group needs to come up w/ a shipper/logistics guy to >> repackage / ship stuff >> >> On top of that, chances are, 50% of the WISPs who committed to purchasing >> the packs will renege and/or delay their deliveries due to unforseen >> things >> that always happen in deployments (e.g., lightning, customers don't sign >> on, interference from competitor, DSL coming to town) >> >> So now, WISPA / Buying Group needs to hire a sales guy to sell excess >> units >> >> Now, you've added overhead (and you need to add an administrative fee / >> margin to compensate) >> >> In the meantime, either >> >> 1. Motorola to announce a 50% price reduction in their Canopy line, >> and all >> WISPA members now wanting the new lower price (therefore causing a huge >> loss) >> 2. Trango (or some other company) to come out w/ the new "flavor of the >> month" and no one wanting the inventory anymore, sticking WISPA w/ $100k >> worth of boat anchors >> >> -Charles >> >> >> ------------------------------------------- >> CWLab >> Technology Architects >> http://www.cwlab.com >> > >-- >Brian Rohrbacher >Reliable Internet, LLC >www.reliableinter.net >Cell 269-838-8338 > >"Caught up in the Air" 1 Thess. 4:17 > >-- >WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org > >Subscribe/Unsubscribe: >http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > >Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ Ron Wallace Hahnron, Inc. 220 S. Jackson St. Addison, MI 49220 Phone: (517) 547-8410 Mobile: (517) 605-4542 e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/