This has been a common gear manufacturer model for many years.
1) Next time buy extra breakers with the panel, if you think you will need them.
2) Always save loose breakers you come across.
3) If you build a shell building, order your panels full of breakers then keep the breakers and leave the panels empty. When the finish-out contracts go out, you will have an advantage in bidding because you already have the breakers everyone else will have buy and add to their bids.
4) On big contracts set up a purchase agreement in the PO for loose spare breakers for that contact only.
This is just how this business works. If you want to talk about who the real con artists are, try to get unit prices on light fixtures.
[This message has been edited by ITO (edited 11-29-2006).]
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