Vendor Discounts on Computer Equipment (Dec. 2007)

December, 2007


Market intelligence on current discounting practices for computer equipment can be difficult for buyers to obtain. Vendors often require non-disclosure agreements as a condition to receiving their largest and best discounts. As a result, future buyers may find it difficult to determine whether the discount offered is typical or whether a better deal can be negotiated. This updated report, based on our knowledge of current market conditions, provides IT buyers with insight and guidance concerning current discount structures on a variety of computer equipment. Categories include personal computers (desktops, notebooks, and monitors), servers (blade servers, mainframes, and midrange servers), workstations, disk systems, tape storage, miscellaneous I/O, and networking equipment. Vendors include IBM, HP, Sun, EMC, HDS, StorageTek, Cisco, Juniper, and CipherOptics. (6 pp., 15 figs.)