Purchasing from vendors outside of UC- and UC Davis-contracted vendors is restricted.
If an item is available on-contract (e.g., from CDW-G, Dell, etc.), it must be at least $25 less from the off-contract vendor for us to consider purchasing it. That $25 includes tax, shipping and any processing fees from the off-contract.
All off-contract purchases are at the discretion of the IT director.
There is a blanket exception for categories of items that are not available on-contract (e.g., some software or web-based services sold directly by the manufacturer), but not for items with matching specifications (i.e., we won't purchase a make/model that's not available on-contact if there's an on-contract item meeting this policy with essentially the same specs that meets the $25 rule).