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Question Microscopy in the 6th form

2 years 8 months ago #40380 by Cookerty
I've been horrified at the catalogue prices for items such as stage micrometers and so instead of paying up to £38 each I bought two for just over £10 from China via ebay. I pay by my credit card then receive a cheque from our finance dept to pay me back. This means I'm never out of pocket.

Who else does this?

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2 years 8 months ago #40381 by bsimmo
Not for microscopes, but we use AliExpress etc quite often.
I just tell them who and what and they do it, that means I'm never liable or out off pocket.
(unless it's holidays and something I could use anyway for a few quid and take it out of our petty cash).

If the school wished to save the money, then it should use itself not a 3rd part staff member. Otherwise it can pay the higher price if it is not willing to.

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2 years 8 months ago #40383 by Kasey
I'm lucky in that my school has both an eBay account and an Amazon account. All I have to do is send the link to Finance and I get a confirmation email back.

However I'm not allowed to buy things from eBay or Amazon and pay for them myself, something about my address not being registered for V.A.T.

Any other local purchases I keep the receipts and get the money back.

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