Wednesday, June 10, 2009

DoD Buyers Guide Blues

My commentary is in italics - what I received is not:

So I get an email today from
Federal Buyers Guide
Subject: Amtower and Co. listing update - DoD Buyers Guide

offering me
SUPPLIERS LISTING APPLICATION Complete & Return By Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Fields in red are required.

for the appently low price of
The cost of a listing is $595 for 6 months and $995 for one year.

Then there is a long form to fill out, giving them more information about you than you give to your spouse. The information they have on me (name, address, email etc is largely WRONG).

Alright. It's an offer. But it does NOT tell me who the directory is going to, how many will go out, when it will go out, or how it is to be delivered.


They also offer a GSA Buyers Guide, Federal Government, Homeland Security, State & County and more.

This is not the first time I have seen this and I am sure it will not be the last. I have not and would not recommend this as a method of advertising to the government - Federal, state of local.

According to web survey tool, the web site associated with this directory -, is ranked 2,837,858 in web traffic.


My advice is save your money.


  1. Thanks, we got this offer too. Their existing info on our company was over 3 years old. The deadline in our email offer was June 26, 2009 and on their website it was June 29, 2009. I was looking for something to tell me whether this Guide was for real, and after reading your blog I think we'll skip it.

  2. Also, if your company is truly interested in working with the DoD, I found these guidelines on the DoD Office of Small Business web site: