Best Buy should compete with manufacturer's to allow for student and Federal / State Government discounts on laptops, desktops and certain accessories. I know Apple allows it's Government employees a pretty good discount on products (with proper ID) and same goes for student discounts with Sony. It would be a HUGE benefit to have something like this implemented.
While this would be a nice idea I would like to point out as a state of GA employee my own self we don't get just discounts anywhere. The state has to discuss the terms with that company. At the moment we only have contracts with like Dell/HP/Verizon. I would love to get an extra discount from BestBuy!
No! It's not needed. If someone is eligible for a discount from Dell, HP, or whomever, they can and should get it directly from those manufacturers. As far as custom ordering goes, the same applies. If you want a specific configuration, you order from the manufacturer. It costs a bit less to order memory and storage upgrades directly from the manufacturer when ordering a laptop or desktop than it does to get the same or similar upgrades through Best Buy's Geek Squad, which won't have warranty coverage from the manufacturer.
I also noticed regarding this topic that Best Buy only accepts .EDU email address for students, my mom works at a special needs school and has a .ORG email address. I believe Best Buy should expand it's education discounts to their faculty as well. Most teachers work just as hard and deserve their discount as well!
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Thomas R. Bloom, Director of DFAS, was impressed with the results of the reverse private auction, and communicated his belief that Buyers.Gov could be a powerful savings tool in future procurements. \"The Buyers.gov auction was tremendously successful and is a great vehicle to add to the competitive process. I think it has a great future in government procurement, \" Mr. Bloom said.
Buyers.Gov provides federal agencies with multiple options for making purchases, such as Private Auctions, volume purchases through aggregations (eFAST), and Quick Quotes, using reverse auctions, credit cards and dynamic competition. Buyers.gov's e-procurement solution is intended to leverage the best of the private sector's electronic procurement solutions for the benefit of government organizations.
\"The auction concept, combined with Internet technologies, has significant potential for bringing buying communities together to leverage their buying power,\" said FTS Commissioner Sandra Bates. \"Buyers.gov could be considered a dot -com initiative in government, because of its business model and practices.\"
\"We have launched a new era in leveraging the government's buying power,\" said Bob Suda, FTS Assistant Commissioner for Information Technology Solutions. \"We have found a way to streamline the procurement cycle while maintaining a truly competitive environment, thereby providing the best value for both the government and the taxpayer. This is an IT solution that the procurement, financial, and CIO communities should find easy to embrace in this era of procurement reform, budget constraints, and evolving technologies.\"
Increased competition and real-time market pricing.A resource center for aggregation and reverse auctions in the federal government that documents competition.A forum for leveraged and aggregated high-volume, low-dollar transactions to obtain significant discounts.Reduced costs and acquisition cycle time.Ability to award contracts on bases other than cost, such as best value.
The Dealhack Government Discount Guide is a list of stores and brands that offer discounts for employees in federal, state, and local government agencies. Every three months, we update and verify this savings guide to keep government workers updated on the latest discounts available to them.
E-Z UP: E-Z UP is offering a 30% discount on Instant Shelter products and other accessories to government employees. Complete online registration by including your current employment information (source).
Fascinating Diamonds: U.S. government employees can get 5% off all jewelry purchases at Fascinating Diamonds. Use the promo code GOVT at checkout and provide a valid ID for verification (source).
YETI: If you are employed by the government, you are eligible for special pricing on select YETI coolers, bags, and other outdoor accessories. Create an account through ID.me to claim this offer (source).
Amtrak: Federal government employees on business travel can get discounted, refundable fares from Amtrak. Available only for bookings from travel agencies that are authorized by government employers (source).
Delta Airlines: Government employees on work travel can get reduced prices on select Delta Airlines flights. Call the Delta Reservations desk at 800-221-1212 and ask for their federal government discount policy (source).
United Airlines: United Airlines offers special fare discounts for federal government employees traveling on official business. Only U.S. government-issued Visa and MasterCard are accepted as payment. Not available for government contractors (source).
Ameraguard Truck Accessories: Ameraguard Truck Accessories offers discounts on vehicle parts to government workers. Sign up for an account and provide valid proof of employment (source).
Alamo: U.S. government employees who book at Alamo Rent A Car are eligible for Frequent Traveler benefits from select partners. Driver fees are waived for official travel and discounted rates are available for leisure travel (source).
Dollar: Dollar Rent a Car offers discounted rates, free upgrades, unlimited mileage, and more benefits to federal government employees. Available for leisure travel or official business travel (source).
Enterprise: Federal government employees traveling on official business are eligible for reduced rates, free upgrades, and waived fees from Enterprise Car Rental. Book using the account number FGORDRS and provide valid proof of employment (source).
Hertz: Government employees traveling on official business are eligible for a special rate at Hertz Car Rental. Free membership to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, rental discounts, and free upgrades are available for leisure travel (source).
National: Government workers traveling for business can use the code GOVBIZ to get discounts and benefits from National Car Rental. For leisure travel, use the code GOVRNR for discounted rates (source).
Sixt: Sixt Rent A Car is offering a rental fee of $5 per day to government employees who can present their valid ID. No additional charges, free unlimited mileage, liability insurance, and damage waivers are included (source).
Thrifty: Federal government employees are eligible for a free one-car-class upgrade plus other benefits from Thrifty Car Rental. For more information, email [email protected] (source).
AT&T: Government employees can get discounts on AT&T Wireless plans by applying to the AT&T Signature Program. Register using your work email address or visit your nearest AT&T store and bring a valid ID (source).
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Wireless offers discounts to government employees working in public agencies who are partnered with Verizon. A valid work email address and recent pay stubs are required to verify eligibility (source).
Apple: The Apple Store offers discounts to local, state, and federal government employees including their immediate family members. Discounts are available for products that are purchased for personal use only. Call 877-418-2573 (source).
Samsung: Samsung offers discounts of up to 30% on select products to civil servants who register with the Samsung Employee Discount Program. Sign up using your valid .gov email address (source).
LASIK: Federal government workers with valid ID can save up to $1200 on a Custom LASIK laser surgery procedure. Provincial government workers are eligible for a corporate discount on select laser procedures (source).
Aqua Aston Hotels & Resorts: Aqua Aston Hotels & Resorts is offering discounted rates to federal, state, and local government employees. Book using the promo code GOV and provide valid ID upon check-in (source).
Blue Sea Beach Hotel: Active or retired employees of state or federal government agencies can get discounts at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel in San Diego. Call (858) 488-4700 or send an email to [email protected] for reservations (source).
Choice Hotels: Choice Hotels is offering discounted room rates to government employees with a valid ID who are traveling on official business. Advance reservation is required and discounts cannot be combined with other offers and promotions (source).
Hilton Hotels: Hilton is offering discounts to federal and state government workers who can provide valid government ID at check-in. Available at participating Hilton Hotel locations (source).
Horseshoe Hotel & Casino: Local, state, and federal U.S. government employees can get a 30% room discount at Horseshoe Bossier City and Horseshoe Tunica. Verify identity through ID.me (source). 59ce067264