We just received an RFQ (Request For Quotation) from a jobber here in the U.S. who supplies products to the military, along with the original U.S. Army RFQ that was sent to them. It is for one item. One, very well-known, standard item that has been in manufacture by one company and sold by the thousands to the general public for many years. We all know what it is, we all know how it works, we all know that it has a model number, and it is not terribly expensive
The Army RFQ is 38 pages long– that’s 38 full, 8.5″ x 11″ pages.
There’s more. The 38 page RFQ comes with side notes added on (and just so we’re clear; if you were to print it out it would take more than 38 pages). The RFQ does not give the manufacturer or the model number of the desired product– just a small photo, a vague description and the overall length (which, by the way, does NOT match the length of the model in the supplied product photo). They just couldn’t pull that off with only 38 pages plus notes, but I (as anyone in the business would) know exactly what they want.
In the side notes, we learn that “Quotes shall be limited to 40 pages”. I’ll keep that in mind and try to really restrain myself.
Just in case you’re wondering; I am not kidding.