Government Buying and Selling on the Internet

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Government Buying and Selling on the Internet

By: Christina DeMers

Global Insight, a leading economic and financial forecasting company, (formerly DRI-WEFA), states that all levels of government (federal, state, and local) should see steady increases in the purchases of goods and services through the year 2009.)

Vendors willing to make the commitment to sell to government can reap the benefits of this projected government spending.

By the same token, government agencies able to expand and modernize their procurement programs can reap the rewards of increased productivity, and a reduction in the costs of goods and services.

If you are a company looking to efficiently market your goods or services, increase sales and receive targeted sales opportunities, or if you are a government agency looking to simplify your procurement process and increase vendor competition, there exist plenty of opportunities in today's online procurement marketplace.

Vendors: Consider Selling to Government

If you haven't considered selling to government, you are missing out. With past events like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the slowing down of the private sector economy, more companies are focusing on doing business with government agencies. Believe it or not, the most reliable component of the economy right now is the government.

The U.S. Federal Government is the largest buyer in the world, and state and local governments often make up a large percentage of their respective marketplaces In many cities, government employs more people and buys more products and services that any other entity.

Doing business with government isn't just for corporate giants, either. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps to ensure that small businesses obtain a certain percentage of everything the government buys. And despite budget crunches in many municipalities, state and local government spending remains the largest in any single market in the nation.

Deciding whether to bid on a government contract can have far-reaching and long-term implications for companies. It is crucial to reach the right decision - a decision which contributes to the health of an organization. If a company decides to bid, it is creating an opportunity to make money, enhance its reputation, gain experience and cement a relationship with a major new customer.

Where do Vendors Start?

There are literally tens of thousands of purchasing agencies to deal with, and it is difficult to know where to begin. Unfortunately, bidding for lucrative government contracts is a highly decentralized process. Companies used to have to be on an agency's bidding list in order to be notified of a purchasing opportunity.

Now, with the expansion of electronic government and recent government initiatives encouraging agencies to implement online procurement systems, many agencies are making the move to e-procurement. However, even with this move to online purchasing, identifying targeted bids can still be very challenging for companies.

Finding and monitoring bid notices is difficult because they are posted in so many different places, and often not well organized. Your business can spend a great deal of time surfing from one site to the next trying to track down the right bid opportunities.

In one area of government bidding, however, an effort to create a government-wide point of entry web site has resulted in an Internet purchasing marketplace called FedBizOpps. As of October 1, 2001 the Federal government requires federal agencies to use this system to post all their opportunities expected to exceed $25,000.

Although no such central web site exists for the over 87,000 state and local government agencies in the country, there are services available that match a company's criteria with agency bids on the Internet, then send this information directly to them via email.

The benefits of using a bid matching service are detailed by Tammy Axlund, a Marketing Manager with Midland Resources who says, "(Using a Bid) service has helped us build a national database to keep track of the industry happenings throughout the country, rather than just our region. We have also been able to win a few bids of which we had no prior knowledge."

Similarly, Teresa Eastman, the Inside Sales Manager for Accurate Safety Distributors, Inc. states "I no longer have to spend my days looking for bids individually, a needle in a haystack so to speak, instead (the bid service) does it all and sends them to me daily."

While no service can provide your company with every bid opportunity from every state and local government agency, bid matching services greatly reduce a vendor's time and money spent, allowing for additional time to be used to respond to bids.

e-Procurement Benefits for Government: Save time, Save money

In the recent past most agencies had to copy and mail their bid packages to any vendor who requested them, even though many would decide not to bid. Using an online e-procurement system allows agencies to simply provide vendors an electronic notice of their opportunities. This results in a tremendous savings in postage, paper, and time.

There have also been new efforts to simplify the entire procurement process for government agencies. For example, many agencies are having procurement systems customized for them using the Internet, driven by the need to disclose. Agencies used to be required to advertise all their requests for bid in the newspaper. But in recent years, the statutes in many states changed to permit advertising on the Web instead - which meets purchasing departments' requirements to make contract information public.

While posting bid information may seem like a lot of work, it isn't a duplicate process for government agencies because their sites serve a dual role as a vehicle for disclosure, and as their primary document archive. And usually only a minimal staff is required to keep the site up to date.

Karen Storm, director of Purchasing for Albany County, NY, explains that since joining the Capital Region Purchasing Group, an e-procurement system in upstate NY, "...our municipality has streamlined the bid distribution and vendor notification processes. This has saved us hours of repetitive clerical tasks and has significantly reduced our copying and mailing costs. Our vendors love the system because it provides them immediate access to our information at little or no cost."

The City of Rochester Hills, Michigan, reports similar benefits, explaining that they have realized a savings of over $355,000 by posting approximately 85 solicitations from January to June of 2004 on their e-procurement system, the Michigan Inter-Governmental Trade Network. And, the Santa Rosa County School District Purchasing Department, which has been using an e-procurement system since the fall of 2000, says "The biggest benefit we have realized is that we no longer have to manage our bidder's list. Our old bidder's list had grown to over 20,000 vendors, most of whom never responded to solicitations. Managing the list was a burden that we do not miss!"

Many companies have been working with Purchasing Departments, to create customized e-procurement systems like the ones described above, that simplify and expedite the entire procurement process. And the best part is, they do this free of charge.

E-procurement systems provide many benefits for vendors as well. Vendors simply register themselves online with a system and create a profile specific to their products and/or services. Vendors then receive notices instantly by fax or e-mail every time bids are issued that match their profile and are given the ability to respond to quotes by fax or e-mail.

Systems like this can save companies significant amounts of time while increasing sales, it's also a good way for tax dollars to help grow businesses of all sizes and generating new profit centers. At the same time, government agencies benefit by decreasing their spending, gaining more control and simplifying the procurement process.

What are you waiting for? The new era of "e-procurement" is here, and it has significantly streamlined the entire bidding process for both buyers and sellers alike.

About The Author

Christina DeMers is with BidNet, a firm that has been providing services for both government buyers and their suppliers, for almost 20 years.

More information about BidNet can be found at their web site: or by calling: (800)-677-1997.)


GirlieGirl85 17.02.2008. 17:37

Can we buy a tv convertor box that will work with Comcast Cable? I have comcast cable and internet. With comcast internet, we brought a modem from Office Max because we got sick of renting the one from comcast. It works fine. Ealier last summer, we were forced by Comcast to rent the digital cable box from them. I was wondering, first, if we can buy our own tv convertor box instead of renting the one from comcast? If we can, who is selling them and can we use the coupon from the government to buy it? Thanks in advance for your help.


Admin 17.02.2008. 17:37

You don't need to get their box.
For example, there are Tivos with Cable cards, or you can buy a PC with a cable card slot and use it as a PVR, or if you don't care about premiums channels, and PC with a digital TV tuner will work. You may even find DVD recorders that support digital cable.
BestBuy and other do sell cable set-top boxes and most new HDTVs have tuners that support analog and digital (unencrypted) cable.


Intrepido 19.02.2009. 20:41

How does Comcast go about selling our private data to marketers? I'm still working on that paper on internet security. I recently found out that Comcast and Verizon are selling your ENTIRE web browsing history to companies like and NebuAd for a mere .40 cents per month.

I'm wondering if the ISPs delete this data after selling it to the appropriate buyers, or if they keep it forever.... Mh..

Maybe even the government is buying these logs to examine by keywords.



Admin 19.02.2009. 20:41

what the government may do is small compared to some unscrupulous characters on this net.


I have a hat 21.03.2013. 08:09

How do buy and sell on the internet works? I want to buy a second hand cellphone through shipping(western union) but I don't know how it works.

Can I be scammed by that? how?

How can I be sure that I will receive the item after I pay the amount and how do the process works.


I have a hat

Admin 21.03.2013. 08:09

YES, you WILL be scammed. The scammer will pick up your cash from Western Union and disappear.

There is NO way to be sure that you will receive the item after you pay the amount.

This how the process works:

All anyone needs to send money is:
1) A first and last name to use on the form as the sender's name
2) A first and last name to use on the form as the receiver's name
3) Money

All anyone needs to pick up the cash is:
1) The first and last name used on the form as the sender's name
2) The first and last name used on the form as the receiver's name
3) The eight or ten digit money transfer control number (MTCN#)
4) The test question and answer

And, all too frequently, only one or 2 of above listed requirements are actually needed to pick up the cash and disappear.

That is it, no ID required.

If you are:

1) sending money as part of a work-at-home job
2) buying from craigslist/kijiji/gumtree/forum/website
3) buying a pet or car/truck/trailer/motorhome/caravan
4) helping an online boy/girlfriend or refugee
5) paying taxes/fees on a loan/lottery/draw/government grant
6) paying visa/bank/airline/travel fees
7) paying deposit/rent for an apartment/house/condo
8) paying banker/barrister/lawyer/court fees
9) paying a transportation/courier/shipping company
10) receiving/forwarding money onto someone or some company

Then you are being scammed.

Just keep in mind that Western Union and moneygram are unsafe and unsecure ways to send money.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off the cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country the money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

If you google "Western Union cellphone scam", "Western Union buyer scam", "fraud moneygram scammer" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims who lost money via Western Union and moneygram.


kili 13.08.2007. 04:04

How do i check out Mastercard exchange rate used when i shop online? I shop through internet sometimes and i didn't know the exchange rate used when i shop...i asked my bank but they said that it wasn't the buy and sell rate, it's the mastercard (my credit card) rate, specific for shopping activities...
i checked out at mastercard web...but no information about exchange rate...
Can anyone help?...


Admin 13.08.2007. 04:04

I just called GE money- they administer my mastercard, and they told me that the exchange rates used by mastercard are the ones at

My mastercard doesn't have any fees for foreign transactions, but commonly the fee is 2.5%. I guess you need to call your card issuer to check that.

On the conditions of use brochure for one card (westpac gift card mastercard) it explains: "The exchange rate used for the conversion is either a government mandated exchange rate or a wholesale exchange rate, selected by MasterCard for the applicable currency on the day the transaction is processed. That rate may differ from the rate applicable to the date the transaction occurred, or the date when the transaction is deducted from the card value".

To me this means that the rates are the same wholesale rates that mastercard uses, BUT you dont exactly know which day the transaction will be processed. Close enough for me :)

Today I'll make a foreign currency purchase and check for the next couple of days. then I'll know for sure.


Diablo 06.02.2012. 04:08

What does the United States Government do with the confiscated drugs they uncover from the cartel? What does the United States Government (Border Patrol) do with the confiscated drugs they uncover from the cartel and immigrants from Mexico trying to illegally cross into the United States?


Admin 06.02.2012. 04:08

sell them to buy guns that they in turn sell to cartels.

The money obama wants to distribute as charity is stolen and not his to give (read "Not Yours to Give" Dave Crockett)

I thought the state of the union speech 1-24-12 was a magic show where the King stood up and talked out of his *** for about an hour. HOORAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

check this out;

Ron Paul is for the US Constitution and against the neo-conservative / socialist movements that are more commonly referred to as Republican and Democrat parties. Modern elections are all about buying votes with money stolen from the national treasury or campaign contributions given in return for special favors. Think I'm wrong? Why don't you read the US Constitution and an essay about Col Dave Crockett, "Not Yours to Give."?

Both MSM parties (republicans and democrats) are heavily reliant on emotion. (the voters are a jury that has proven to be incapable of making logical decisions)

I look up bills on I can also see the bill sponsors and voting record of senate and congress.

At least w/ SOPA King B Hussein Obama will not need to sit and wait w/ his internet kill switch. It will be done automatically. In addition please consider this;

FEMA camps and NDAA are the real thing. (just like an Orwellian Utopia) You'll be gettin' the eff out of dodge to avoid some kind of urban uprising because of a disaster or emergency and about 30 or 40 miles out of town traffic will stop. Military stormtroopers will walk through stopped traffic and warn people to stay in their cars. When you get to the roadblock ahead you will be told to get out of your car (leave your keys and belongings in the car and DO NOT bring any weapons.) Then you will wait in a holding area for a bus and go to one of their internment facilities for in-processing. Hopefully you will not get to play any of their games (waterboarding, solitary confinement, etc) But don't worry, 6 fully staffed waterboards means you won't have a long line to wait in.

NDAA (just signed into law by Barack Hussein Obama) will be used to authorize the whole thing, Did you read the book or see the movie "1984"? That's what it is. It allows any federal agency to declare an emergency and use the military forces to impose martial law. What they are doing in the mid east (door to door searches without warrants or any due process whatsoever) is only a rehearsal of what they have in store for us here. This is an article I wrote for another section.

Do the police need a warrant to search me or my property? Under aspects of the US Constitution, all persons are protected from unwarranted searches and any other form of arbitrary harassment. Unfortunately modern courts have misinterpreted the intentions of the founding fathers who authored the US Constitution and Bill of Rights to give the police the power at their discretion to use "probable cause." Police should not be allowed to lawfully act on suspicions or whims, and any action against any person should be deemed unconstitutional. This also includes any electronic surveillance such as wiretaps, directional mics, etc. Of course under aspects of the "Patriot Act" they will claim that it is to protect us from terrorists. They also claim that states need to implement a REAL ID program so that sheeple can be digitally mapped for easy identification to once again... protect us from terrorists. Meanwhile, the southern border is wide open to basically let in whoever wants to come for whatever reason.

The fact is this; the enforcement of drug and firearm prohibition has allowed the government to turn this country into a pig powered police state and everyday it is becoming more and more like the USSR. You might like all of this "protection" but personally I prefer to protect myself. If you are the kind of person that wants to give up your liberty for security then please go somewhere else like China or N Korea.
HR 504 (died in session but it will return) HR 1540 (NDAA 2012) signed into law 12-31-2011 by King B. Hussein Obama


Yadvendra 18.03.2013. 09:27

How can i buy a laptop with cash on delivery in india.? I am planning to buy samsung NP700G7C-S02US.
Its cost is $1900 but in india it is approx of $2722.
I need some suggest abt buying it at orginal price.
Is der any online buying site with cash on delivry option ?
Please help !


Admin 18.03.2013. 09:27

Established in 1996, soon became an Internet leader in low cost computer parts.
The brand reputation grew quickly as customers demanded lower prices, faster service and higher quality in this new marketplace. has now become a digital market maker around the world selling products on the secure web site.
As a result we have gained trust and become major suppliers to resellers, major corporations and governments from Washington DC to Moscow.


wisem2k 01.12.2006. 20:13

What is the catch to buying a foreclosed home? Are the foreclosure lists legit? I am interested in buying a home. I have heard that foreclosed homes are sometimes sold below their market value. I have seen lists of foreclosed homes available on the internet. There is usually a fee just to see the list. I have also heard that a buyer is expected to pay all past due taxes on the property up front. What's the real deal, and is it worth the hassle?


Admin 01.12.2006. 20:13

The fee sites are a rip-off. Most of the time they're just copies of the HUD lists, which the government does not copyright. Look at them for free at

Foreclosures can be a good deal though they normally sell for pretty close to market value most of the time. The slightly lower prices are usually due to less than perfect condition since the previous owner had no incentive to clean the place up or make needed repairs. Taking care of that will be up to the buyer.


miles w 05.03.2008. 16:48

What costs would I be subjected to if I was to import a bulk load of goods from China/Hong Kong? I am interested in buying a large amount of computer associated items from China/Hong Kong and importing them into the United Kingdom to sell on the internet,what costs would I have to deal with as a result?I am not a registered company and in fact no company/business exists at all at this stage.Would I be nailed by the customs and what is the correct legal way to go about this process?
Kind regards.

miles w

Admin 05.03.2008. 16:48

look on website for the chinese consulate in england, it should come under the government heading.


D L 29.05.2007. 00:44

How do I become a middleman between say a business in China and Customers over the Internet? What will I need? I've heard of people who sell products from China to Consumers, and they send their request over the web to the responding company in China--who then sends the product from China to the consumer. No warehouse needed. What does this entail, and what if I want to deal with more than one product? Do I have to file a licence somewhere? How do I find these companies? Are there other's--say in India or elsewhere?


Admin 29.05.2007. 00:44

Basically when you start importing your suppose to pay a tax when your products become more then your yearly allowed federal tax exemptions. If you ship in large quantitys you going to have to buy a container and have it shipped to a local port then transported. The other way is if your in china, you can send directly to your customers. This works for ebay because your customers arent the same person everytime and can be passed as not reaching your yearly import tax amount. You can bet if you order 10,000 slinkys shipped to your front door every month, the government will be paying you a visit if its not claimed. Also small boxes are easier to ship without claiming taxes because most go unchecked. I would check with a port and ask, your limited on amounts, values, and type of products. Some products arent allowed.


Cherrigirl22 10.07.2009. 21:55

Is it illegal to buy prescription drugs online without a prescription from a licensed medical professional? I came across some websites on the internet wher you can buy prescription drugs without a prescription. Is this legal? Has the FDA even said it is safe to buy prescription drugs online without a prescription from a medical doctor? Personally, I think the government should shut down online pharmacies that are selling prescription drugs without the necessity of having a prescription.


Admin 10.07.2009. 21:55

It is hard to shut them down because they are based out of Canada and the UK and they ship the drugs to the US. Yes, it is illegal to buy prescription drugs without a prescription. It has been found in some cases that the drugs they sell are not even real. I have heard of them passing off Haldol as Xanax and stuff like that.


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