LA's iPad Ouch

Oct 24, 2013

APPLE STICKER SHOCK: According to this LA Times report, the L.A. Unified School District may be paying $100 more per iPad than budgeted--$770 per tablet. Killer point on the costs:

"This potential sticker shock can be avoided, but only after the L.A. Unified School District has spent at least $400 million for the devices. In other words, the district would have to buy nearly 520,000 iPads before getting lower prices."

Ouch. We know procurement is a twisted path. But the district's answer--that the costs will go down once it buys more iPads--isn't very comforting. Notes the LA Times:

"The structure of the deal raises the stakes for what L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy recently referred to as a "pilot test." If the district pulls out of the deal, or buys fewer tablets from Apple Inc., the iPads become considerably more expensive."

LA's iPad Ouch

Oct 24, 2013

APPLE STICKER SHOCK: According to this LA Times report, the L.A. Unified School District may be paying $100 more per iPad than budgeted--$770 per tablet. Killer point on the costs:

"This potential sticker shock can be avoided, but only after the L.A. Unified School District has spent at least $400 million for the devices. In other words, the district would have to buy nearly 520,000 iPads before getting lower prices."

Ouch. We know procurement is a twisted path. But the district's answer--that the costs will go down once it buys more iPads--isn't very comforting. Notes the LA Times:

"The structure of the deal raises the stakes for what L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy recently referred to as a "pilot test." If the district pulls out of the deal, or buys fewer tablets from Apple Inc., the iPads become considerably more expensive."

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