As a very large end user it just boils down to dealing with integrators. My team manages the day to day operations of Genetec, we design solutions for our customers, and are very capable of configuring the software, we maintain certifications, have regular meetings with Genetec staff including sales and engineering. Buying direct for us is more about avoiding the hassle of integrators than saving a few pennies. We can get the work done faster without involving others. Unfortunately, this does not sit well with integrators so in an effort to protect their partners Genetec will not sell direct to us even if we purchase more than some of their partners in our region. We have since negotiated and worked with a partner that sells to us for 2% above their cost so we are able to save the money and get rapid response, partly due to our fully outlining the quoted items to them upon request including part numbers.
This is not an agreement we could get even with the largest of integrators. Note that the larger they are the more bonkers their pricing seems to be. We can spend weeks going back and forth over quotes because they want to charge at or above MSRP for everything and then still want, real numbers here $17,740 to install 5 cameras. Note that cable is to be ran by our electricians and the cameras are being 3 put up on 20' poles and 2 on buildings. Integrators know that we cannot buy direct from software and hardware manufacturers, they see our name, and then they charge tremendous amounts thinking we will not check the price and not knowing that we have internal team of 10 people, previous integrator installers, integrator sales, security engineers, project managers, etc that work to ensure it will be spec'd appropriately and at a reasonable cost.
Long rant. TLDR Integrators charge more than they should. We know it, they know it, of course we try to cut them out as much as possible.
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