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Lack of geographic knowledge

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #1

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    I'm working on a pricing request for an independant telephone company and they furnished me a list of countries for which they want pricing. What's the first country listed? Africa. :bugeye:

    I don't know how to bring up the fact that Africa is not a country without embarrassing them and killing my chances of earning their business. I guess I could just price every country in Africa and give them the entire list. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Sep 12, 2006 #2
    You could ask them what the capital of Africa is. (Hope they don't say something like 'Kenya' or 'Congo' :yuck: )
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #3

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    :rofl: There is so much wrong with this request that I'm seriously considering declining to bid. It won't be the first time I've declined. They forget to tell me where they wanted service connected. That was the first thing I had to ask - "where are you?" :uhh:
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #4
    Are they in the same country as you are in - North America? :rofl:
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #5

    Clearly they are alien spies trying to covertly gather intel about the geopolitical situation of earth by posing as ignorant humans.

    Clearly.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #6
    I would just say, I am looking over your list and I need clarification on where in Africa you need a specific pricing for. :smile:
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #7

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    Yes, and as we all know, the capital of North America is...America.

    :biggrin: Working with the public is just frightening.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #8

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    A diplomat is born. :approve:

    What's scary is that they listed Nigeria. I wonder where they think Nigeria is?
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #9

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    Nigeria is next to Africa. Duh!

    Seriously, is it possibly a typo, and they meant South Africa?
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #10
    Not likely. It's the first on the list. If they had meant South Africa, it would be among countries under S. Of course, I'm assuming they gave the list in alphabetical order.
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #11

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    So what state is Africa in?
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #12
    A not-so-good one.
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #13

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    Is it in a poor state?
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #14
    I'd go with this option. Get involved with them and the future will just be more of the same.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #15

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    You could just bid ridiculously high to make it worth the aggravation if you actually win the bid.
     
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    No, it's for telecommunication and each country has it's own rate center. It's no different from countries in the EU, they are all listed and rated separately.
     
  19. Sep 12, 2006 #18

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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
  20. Sep 13, 2006 #19

    EL

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    But there's just one Sweden/Switzerland, right?:wink:
     
  21. Sep 13, 2006 #20

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    There's a difference?
     
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