BRAVO TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Bravo-assisted Direct Order

by Sam C. Chan
 
First Published:  September 12, 2016
Updated:  March 1, 2017

In the purchasing dept., my role is advisory. I'm enlisted for the expertise in strategizing, keeping current with shipping logistics, industry trends, specific product knowledge & selections... not to act as a reseller... certainly not as stocking distributor.
   see 2004 memo

You order directly. I guide you through the process.

THE BENEFITS

  • Cash management
    • use cc as financing option (vs checks only)
    • take advantage of interest-free balance transfer
    • cash-back bonus, or gifts
  • transparency & control
    • close control of exact specs/grades
    • shipping methods: $ vs delays & risks
  • warranty handling
    • direct with distributor for swap/return, etc.
    • direct with manufacturer on component warranty
  • sales tax management

THE DOWN SIDE

  • entails more work & communications... and you'll be responsible for
  • shipping mishaps, ordering mistakes, and handling warranty cases

In general, it's worth the efforts for simple & major$ items.

It should be avoided for minor$ & tedious orders.
(numerous & confusing/tricky)

THE PROCESS

  • I research, select, evaluate & validate
  • I create verified shopping cart, fwd to you
  • You order & pay, ship to location I specify

Critical & Precise

  • manufacturer's SKU# | quantity | buy-from (avoid 3rd-party) | ship-to address

At Your Discretion (with ramifications)

  • shipping method:
    • free saver/ground/express
    • Premier membership? Prime?
  • payment method
  • when to place order: subject to additional work, if stock situation changes & req. more research & decisions

Best Practices

  • always create an account with EACH distributor
    • login before order ("order as guest" = less manageable)
  • generally, don't buy from random 3rd-parties listing
  • consider premium membership level program, if applicable
  • always create and save ship-to locations:
    • your own location(s):  HQ + branch offices
    • BRAVO TECH CTR
      8314 W Ridge Rd
      Brockport, NY 14420-1434
      585-637-8869
  • double-check... before FINALIZING
  • monitor order progress, respond to cc issuer verification as needed

NEWEGG Instructions

  • login, so your Premier membership will be in effect
  • Immediately pick SHIP-TO location as I requested <<<IMPORTANT
  • clear shopping cart, then Add-all-to-cart from my forwarded cart
  • verify subtotal before shipping, and #line items
  • Select payment method
  • double-check final amount to be charged
    • any extra items auto-added?
  • Verify SHIP-TO address is as intended/requested
  • finalizing order
     
  • fwd me order confirmation & tracking ONLY, while
  • suppressing all the rest  PLEASE!
    • charge successful/decline/retry notices
    • follow-up, thank-you
    • invite to vote
    • share with your friends...
    • extended warranty offer
    • buyer of this also... related...
    • "delivered" notice
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