Re: The Nerve!

From:Louri Caldwell

Hi everyone,

I agree - what is at issue here is that no vendor should have contacted an 
employer based on what is posted to this list if what was posted is not 

It happened to me too - I had a vendor contact my legal department because I 
recommended a competitor's product over theirs.  At the time, I too didn't 
realize this was an offense - but this vendor took it as an attack on their 
equipment - even though I said nothing AGAINST theirs - just FOR their 

I personally like all of the sales reps I deal with and the help I have 
received from them is wonderful -  but I do take offense that we are 
"bought" by trinkets and gifts.  The pens and notepads are nice and I do 
appreciate them - but the decisions I make are based on the fact that I want 
the most reliable equipment at the best price for my lab- not based on some 
great pen someone gave to me or the members of my staff.  And - with 
apologies to the vendors of products in which they have no confidence - I'm 
going to recommend the better products when I'm asked.

Just my thoughts.

Disclaimer:  The opinion listed above is that of the author alone and not 
representative of the employer for whom she currently works nor any employer 
in the past, college she attended, instructors she may have had, extended 
family member, etc.

>Subject: Re: The Nerve!
>Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 08:54:10 -0500 (EST)
>yes do give us free trikets, some more than others. i am not certain any of 
>us is allowed to accept mopney from a vendor. i find that suggestion 
>vendors give us these little toys in the hope that we will spend thousands 
>of dollars on their products, not and i repeat, not to be nice to us.
>the questions isn't are vendors helpful, generaly reliable, and friendly. 
>they are. the question is, did this vendor have the right to contact 
>someone employer requarding a comment he made. i'll plead gulity to not 
>having read it. i usually delete half of everything on this listserver 
>without reading it. he still should not have called his employer no matter 
>what was said unless it was unprofessional. i can be fired for 
>unrofessional conduct either on or off the job. i doubt it was 
>no vendors are not all bad. most are very helpful.
>just remember they are not doing this because they like us. they are doing 
>it for the money.
>ok that was my ranting for the month.
>please note, i don't put a signature at the bottom. anyone care to guess 

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