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'Smith, when I asked you to 'begin the tender process'...'
'You're not bidding on something again, are you? . . . So when some goofy item and a debit in our account show up at roughly the same time, I am to assume what?'
"Would it be possible for you to totally exaggerate how much it will cost and how long it will take, so we'll be pleasantly surprised at the end?"
"The bidding will start at eleven million dollars."
'Whoa! Now they want angels and stuff... On the CEILING? None of this was in our original contract!'
"And, in a move sure to attract the attention of regulators, the private sector made a bid to acquire the public sector."
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"We met on eBay."
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". . . and that dumb Mrs. Parker could have figured I had the Ace, King and Jack, but no, she goes ahead bidding in hearts. . ."
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"Do I hear eighty-five?"
Tags:animal, animals, talking animal, talking animals, talking pet, talking pets, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, talking dog, talking dogs, dog, dogs, canine, canines, dog owner, dog owners, bone, bones, auction, auctions, auctioning, auctioneer, auctioneers, auction house, auction houses, bid, bids, bidding, bidder, bidders, money, cost, costs, price, prices, sale, selling, anthropomorphic, anthropomorphism, personification
'I love our nights in together, just you, me and our 756 friends.'
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Fairytale procurement disasters
"Just sign it 'To the Lucky High Bidder.'"
Tags:autograph, autographs, signature, signatures, meet the author, author, authors, novelist, novelists, writer, writers, book signing, book signings, book, books, fan, fans, reader, readers, bookshop, bookshops, bookstore, bookstores, book shop, book shops, book store, book stores, online auction, online auctions, resale, resales, bidder, bidders, bid, bids, personalized, personalised
'I see we went with the lowest bidder for an aerial photo contract.'
'Of course, that bid's just an estimate.'
'This side line business is what lets us keep our bids so low.'
Every Friday lunchtime procurement managers would gather to boast of the size of bid documents they had received that week.
Maude gets rid of all the useless stuff that is cluttering up the house on Ebay.
"Sold, to the gentleman with the paddle."
'Could you lend us some money to buy you out?'
'Dr.Kittle is now taking bids for his ten o'clock appointment on Tuesday.'
"My bid falls between my two competitors'. By using twigs, my design is more structurally sound than straw, yet more cost-effective than brick."
Tags:three little pigs, three pigs, house of straw, house of twigs, house of brick, straw house, twig house, brick house, big bad wolf, fairytale, fairytales, childrens story, childrens story, pig, pigs, bid, bids, bidding, pitch, pitches, business pitch, business, construction, construction bit, competitor, competitors, competing bids
At home with Harry, the Auctioneer. 'A penny for your thoughts.' 'Who'll give me five - do I hear five?'
'It's the competitive tendering process.'
"I can't decide which I'd rather do- make a twenty-billion-dollar bid of turn down a twenty-billion-dollar bid."
Tags:executive, executives, business executive, business executives, rich person, rich people, selling a business, bid, bids, bidding, buyout, buyouts, business buyout, business buyouts, wealthy people, the one percent, the 1 percent, wealth divide, wealth gap, selling up, stocks, stocks and shares, shareholder, shareholders
'Okay, here's an abandoned storage locker with some random data that may or may not be useful. We'll start the bidding at $50...'