IT Equipment Purchases Move Online

June 20, 2013

The speed at which we experience technological change has been ever-increasing since Henry Ford’s assembly line innovation. Introducing the why of technological change, Ford said, “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.”

In response to the ever growing trend toward online purchasing over traditional brick-and-mortar stores, the ITS Solution Center (formerly the Campus Computer Store) located in the University Bookstore will be closing on July 19. It is being replaced by a series of on-line Buysite catalogs to allow departments to interact directly with suppliers without the extra costs and delays associated with funneling all orders through IT Services. 

When IT Services opened a campus computer store over twenty years ago, deep discounting was then available to the university faculty, students, and staff on equipment and software. The store saved the University money by passing along these discounts and providing expertise when selecting equipment in a not yet mature hardware industry.  Since then, hardware has standardized making computers a commoditized good and resulting in the elimination of most educational discounts. 

The new on-line Buysite interface will initially consist of three interfaces: the existing Dell site, an Apple site, and a miscellaneous equipment site.  IT Services will periodically bid the miscellaneous equipment to large suppliers such as CDW or TigerDirect to insure competitive pricing. 

For personal purchases, individuals will still receive educational pricing, using links direct to Apple, Dell, and Lenovo.

Software site licensing, repair services, and IT recycling, though moving to a different campus location, will remain unchanged.

More information about ordering can be found at https://itservices.uchicago.edu/services/computers. General questions about equipment and configurations can be answered via email to itservices@uchicago.edu or through a personal visit with TECHB@R staff during their hours of operation in Regenstein Library.

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