My company was asked to act as point of sale for a school board purchase of 300 computers. The distributor did all the work but had me submit it as my own bid that they would supply. A pretty easy gig for me until it was discovered that the tender date had been moved up by several weeks. In a mad rush, I drove the documents an hour out of town to submit in person.
A few weeks later, I found out we didn’t win the bid. I called and asked if there was a process to help us to submit a more competitive bid next time. I was informed that while there was a process, it wouldn’t be of any use to me as my tender contained different items than all the other bids.
Confused, I asked how we could have made such a mistake and was told that they handed out a dozen different packages, each with different specs. No two bids contained the same specs.
They were just going through the motions so that they could pretend it was a fair process. They’d picked the vendor weeks before the tender went out.