A Note from Network Services: Notification of Upcoming Vendor Price Increases

CU*Answers Network Services has always endeavored to offer the best value pricing to our network.  We actively work with suppliers and vendors to keep prices as low as possible, using the power of the network and bulk purchases on expensive goods like routers and firewalls.  We pass those savings on to you.

However, we have received notice from both Cisco and Microsoft that they have or will be raising prices on their products over the next 30 days.  They point to the pandemic and increasing labor costs and supply chain constriction as primary drivers of increasing costs.  Cisco is raising their prices an average of 10% on most products, including the routers we sell.  Microsoft is raising prices on their Microsoft 365 subscription-based software an average of 20%.  We are also seeing other vendors across the technology industry raising prices, many without warning.

CU*Answers Network Services will do all it can to keep prices as low as possible.  However, in many cases, manufacturer-driven price increases will result in increased costs on your monthly invoice for these goods.  For instance, if you purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription through us, you can expect your costs will go up approximately 20% for those services over the next few months.  But we will only adjust your pricing if Microsoft increases our costs accordingly (pass through fee increase).

If you are considering a large equipment purchase, we encourage you to review pricing now and consider getting it on order sooner than later.  In doing so, you may avoid unexpected price increases and will also receive the equipment earlier, as we are seeing lead times for some equipment – including printers, routers, workstations, servers, and laptops – extending out months.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at extension 266, or by email.

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