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Looking for ICOM dealer that accepts "bill later"

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EFJohnson318

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We're a small town fire department and our finances are operated through the town board. Our town does not have a credit card, does not do purchase orders and we do no pay for items until they are received in full (I know, opposite of how us citizens have to do it. That's the government for you). I need to find an Icom dealer that will bill for about $2K worth of radios and batteries. I've called three places now and they would not deal with me. One guy was actually rude and one lady was completely confused about the whole situation. Does anyone have any recommendations of a reputable dealer with fair prices? Thanks!
 

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I think what you might run into with this is, How will the dealer know for sure that he will get paid?
If the dealer ships the stuff, and a month later the town votes not to pay, there is no way for the dealer to sue and collect, or get the fire dept to send back the stuff unused so he can put it back on the shelf.

Plus the dealer would have no way to prove that the merchandise is actually his, and could potentially be out a lot of money, because he gave you $2000 worth of stuff on "good faith" that you would eventually pay.

A signed Purchase Order is a legal document.

The way I sell merchendise to one of my government customers it this.

He orders 3 radios. I give him a bill for the 3 radios. 2 weeks later( at the monthly board meeting) he turns that bill in. a week after that I get a check and he gets the 3 radios, we make a fair exchange.

He has done a PO with me before, because he needed merchendise out of my inventory ASAP, and couldnt wait to turn the bill in. Cash ,credit, and POs are the only ways I give merchendise to a customer.

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Steven,

Thanks for the reply. I understand the issue & I completely agree with you 100%. I'm dealing with an "out of date" town board. I have found one dealer that will do Net 30 Days but their prices are off the charts. I'm going to have to talk with the fire chief & town board about resolving this with a purchase order, pay a bill first or get a credit card. The town Clerk/Treasurer & Assistant is also an issue.

Will
 

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Just keep in mind that dealing with Icom Amaerica directly, they will charge MSRP prices, because they wont under cut their Authorized dealers.

As for the dealer willing to do the NET 30, the more "convenience" you need, the more the "convenience fee". If the dealer is going to take a risk, he will get compensated for that risk with a higher profit margin.
 

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I bought an Icom aviation radio direct from them as a government user and the price was MUCH less than any dealer since they offer govt pricing.
 

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Why not just put it on your credit card and have the county reimburse you. With a valid invoice that should not be a problem.
 

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Farscan said:
Why not just put it on your credit card and have the county reimburse you. With a valid invoice that should not be a problem.
In a word: taxes

A government entity doesn't pay taxes, and the dealer would have to account for a lack of sales tax with a valid Tax ID.
 

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My dept ordered 10 Icom mobile radios (@ $2700) from GMRSoutlet.com. They simply took a purchase order by phone, and mailed the radios with an invoice. Very good service, but kind of slow shipping. I have recommended them to others in my area as well.
 

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My dept ordered 10 Icom mobile radios (@ $2700) from GMRSoutlet.com. They simply took a purchase order by phone, and mailed the radios with an invoice. Very good service, but kind of slow shipping. I have recommended them to others in my area as well.
Thanks! Looks like I'm going with GMRSoutlet. I called them up and they were very helpful. They're even taking the time to resolve a question I had about a radio. Dealt with Curt. Super nice guy.
 

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Your welcome. As for prices. They are lower than any other local dealer, but about $10-15 higher on per unit cost than some other online deals. However, they gave us free shipping, free programming cable and software. It made the deal well worth it.
 
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