This sounds like one of those *wink, wink* quotes where everyone involved knows 
ahead of time who the winning bidder will be.  The winning bidder, unlike all 
of the other bidders, will not be required to keep to his bid price so of 
course he can low-ball the deal.  

Later, when the real bills start coming in it will be explained as "Well we 
needed a more modern solution.  Thank goodness they were willing to do all of 
the extra work so cheap, eh?  Can you imagine what IBM would have charged?"

I've gotten caught up in those kinds of quotes before Nina (not in the computer 
world) and I can tell you, the best thing happened.  You do not want that 
business.  It would have savaged you.

In <>, on 01/03/99 
   at 09:02 PM, nina jones <> said:

>well, the board meet a couple of months ago, and was very upset they were
>given an ibm proposal.  they wanted a p/c proposal.

>so, they got a p/c vendor gave them a proposal, with a quote to rewrite
>their software in access for $2000.  the total p/c proposal was about 1/2
>of the as/400 one.  so the board went with that.

>but i wonder - they do billing, accounts receiviable, membership
>tracking, and training programs.  how on earth can anyone rewrite all
>that for $2000?  are those wizards that good?

Booth Martin

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