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December 30, 2005

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I agree with Jason - this technique works great! In fact, I've done this with a number of vendors and received responses from the no discount to 100% free for various tools. It doesn't hurt to ask, but be prepared for an alternative if they shoot you down (or paying full price).

We have used both CDW and Zones[.com] to handle our volume licensing with Microsoft products in the past with great success as well.

Thanks for the links. Since I left the corporate world of IT earlier this year and joined the church world, it's good to get info like this. Our church doesn't currently use charity pricing, but I assure you we will very soon!

I have one word: OpenOffice.org!

We recently considered MS Charity pricing but found that MS's terms excluded our church (and what seems like churches in general). Please correct me if I am reading this wrong: See techsoupcanada.ca

http://techsoupcanada.ca/eligibility_criteria/microsoft_eligibility_criteria

Or is this not the same thing?

Dion,
I read the restrictions the same way - Microsoft excludes churches from it's non-profit pricing - I don't know why - but I think a case could be made for it being discriminatory.

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