ERIC Number: ED370725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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The Top Rental Items for University Outdoor Programs and Effective Buying Techniques.
Webb, David J.
This paper discusses the most frequently used rental items for university outdoor programs and describes strategies for saving money in purchasing equipment. A 1983 survey of 11 university programs indicated that the most frequently available rental items for summer and winter were sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, cross-country skis, and snowshoes. Applying financial and service criteria helps identify rental items essential for program activities. Criteria include the ranking of items by total rental frequency, total gross income, and per-item income; and the collection of data about other outdoor programs and their equipment needs. Purchasing methods include buying equipment through local retailers, university purchasing departments, and trade shows. Appropriate purchasing terms can save money, including closeouts, observing time limits for payment of merchandise, quality discounts, and preseason discounts. Attending trade shows offers advantages such as getting the best price for equipment, being able to compare products and prices, becoming aware of trends in outdoor equipment, and having opportunities for training and development. The paper includes a list of trade shows and suggestions for preparing and participating in trade shows. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Outdoor Recreation; Rental Property
Note: In: Proceedings of the 1991 International Conference on Outdoor Recreation (October 17-19, 1991, Moscow, Idaho); see RC 019 109.