I know this risks contributing a real life example of “Thread titles that will have 0 replies and 0 views,” but I figured I’d kick it out Dopers for insight nevertheless…
I’m trying to figure out how prices listed in General Services Administration (GSA) schedules generally compare to prices charged at different points along a product’s distribution chain. I know the only truly accurate answer would be, “it depends,” but are there any rules of thumb? Generalities?
Maybe I should define a few things, as I conceive them (and feel free to correct me!). In a classic three-step distribution system, we have three escalating prices:
Manufacturer —Price A—> Distributor —Price B—> Dealer/Contractor —Price C—> End User
If a large ($1 billion+ in annual revenue) manufacturer directly lists products on a GSA schedule, how are these prices likely to compare to Prices A, B, and C, above? I’m guessing that GSA prices would represent a ceiling for Price A. (That is, a manufacturer would not generally sell to the Feds at a cheaper price than they would sell to their distributors.) But this is just a guess.
Does anyone have any idea for where GSA prices generally fall?