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    Can the OEM and authorized dealer for the OEM bee considered competition?


    In this instance, my first instinct is yes, the OEM and authorized dealer can be considered effective competition.  Authorized dealers are usually a separate entity of the manufacturer.  Therefore, I would double-check your information to verify the authorized dealer in in fact a separate entity than the manufacturer.  If so, you can use the authorized dealer and OEM to satisfy the need for effective competition. 

    However, in your case, since it appears you only received one offer, you may wish to doublecheck your market research and determine if there was a reasonable expecation that you would receive a proposal from more than one source.  If so, and the solicitaion was issued for more than 30 days, you may award to the authorized dealer.

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