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I’ve had a rough vendor spell lately. I can’t say it happens often, but it definitely occurs. One vendor believes it’s my responsibility to keep his employees employed, and still another seems to think I should buy something new to get him to fix something we already own.

Yet another vendor told me that the difficult procurement process he wants me to go through exists because his company is publicly held and its share price is contingent on this process. (I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.)

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