It is not unusual that the cost of developing a good purchasing contract can exceed $5,000, if an agency is doing the job right. Start adding up the time it takes to do the research, write specifications, advertise, solicit vendors, hold a bidder's conference, evaluate samples, notify winners and take a recommendation to the board. It's costly. So what's the best practice? Click here to read the Best Practice Bulletin titled, "I Can Do It Better Myself," or click on the link above to see the PDF version.