Originally Posted by 1Gary
We have networked manufacture direct purchases for yrs.Well really we have met many face on face and created those contacts.We aren't anyone special,so if your willing to do some leg work,you would be amazed at what you can get done.
Don't know who "we" is, but I'm guessing you're referring to a commercial operation of some sort. If that's the case, that's a whole lot different from an average Joe. A commercial concern has the potential to the manufacturer/importer to do repeat business
- something an AJ is not going to do. And there's a trust between most manufacturers and their clients- and that is to not undersell their clients by selling direct.
From a practical
standpoint, the average Joe looking to build a 383 is not going to beat the prices of a large quantity vendor. Do you think AJ is going to meet people like Vic, or the main burner who imports Scat/Eagle/Procomp? Or will he meet those who manufacturer cams like at Isky/Comp/Crane/Lunati? Not to mention the other components that goes into a build like the rings, fasteners, timing set, ignitions, etc? Even doing this on the phone is going to be a fool's errand IMO. You aren't going to get high enough up the corporate ladder to talk to someone (and then convince them) to give a price break to an individual
Bottom line for me: The importers/manufacturers are not going to bend over backwards and give AJ a killer deal. The BEST AJ will get is a catalog, and if he's REAL lucky a comped T shirt and decal. And a list of venders they supply.