By James Smith
2 Sept 2012
Just when you thought the madness at the Department Of Homeland Security could not get any worse, DHS, on behalf of Customs and Border Protection agency, requests the purchase of, and awards the purchase of 12 MacLellan Bagpipes made from African Blackwood.
Surely, these pipes will be used to sing Amazing Grace at the funerals of fallen agents. An appropriate use, no doubt.
But they were overcharged! Ya gotta love the Scots. They know a sucker when they see one, and Big Sis is…. Well, that can’t be confirmed.
As the Scottish proverb goes, “Never marry for money, ye can borrow it for cheaper”
Folks, you’ll love this.
The contract was awarded to MacLellan Bagpipes at a grand total of $27,060.00 for 12 pipes, which comes out to be $2,255 each.
But the Scots are in this for the money, as they should be.
Someone in DHS/CBP did not do their homework. The most expensive pipe sold by McLellan is $1,450. A difference of $805 each, or $9,660 for the dozen. They didn’t follow established policy and procedures and we get to pay TOO MUCH. Again!
Let’s put this in perspective:
Amazon sells an Great Highland Bagpipe Starter Package (African Blackwood) for a mere $975. DHS could get 27 pipes and some change back for what they paid.
Henderson’s Pipes start at $1,199 and up to $1,499, and DHS could get 18-22 pipes for what they are paying for 12.
So McLellan Pipes, we hold no grudge against ye, but you’re over chargin’ the American folk, ana we’d like the cash back if ye don’t mind.