$100K for Jail TV Sets?

Kevin Krause of the DMN writes on the crime blog that the County is about to spend $1,200 per set for flat-screen TVs for inmates at the Dallas County Jail.

83 TVs x $1,200 per = $99,600. One word: Amazon. This model cost $700.

They’re also going to spend $30 per basketball and $125 per net.

Two words: Academy Sports.

Here is a perfectly good $13 basketball and $40 basketball goal. Nets cost $7.

These are consumer prices; how much could be saved by buying in bulk? Sure this is a low-six figure contract but does this also happen with large contracts? And how many more items at the county are bought in this fashion? It makes you wonder.

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