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Purchase Orders

An option for certain corporate and institutional buyers is to buy equipment using a purchase order. A purchase order (or PO) is like an order form, sent from a customer to a vendor. If the customer is in good standing with the vendor, the vendor agrees to extend to the customer credit terms and send the item immediately. The customer must pay the vendor within a certain period of time, typically 30 or 60 days.

Most larger vendors will accept POs from large companies, institutions and government entities, because they trust them to pay and they want the business from these firms. Some smaller vendors will not accept POs because it means their payment is delayed, and there are accounting hassles to deal with as well.

If you work for a company and want to buy on a purchase order, you should contact the vendor and get yourself set up as one of their regular customers, and inquire about terms.

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