This has happened time and again. There are some organisations, which ones, I will not state*, who will put up a request for quotation with an intention of awarding to a fixed party. What happens is that this particular organisation will announce a RFQ or tender with a tiny window and some rather odd specifications, making it rather difficult if not impossible for most submitters to adhere to.
There was a particular time when the contact details of the person calling for the quotation were not even given!**
In other words, the organisation is submitting to the 'letter of the law' but not to the 'spirit of the law'. The transaction has been fixed. The people calling for the quotation has conspired with a particular outside party for that. Oh well. What can I say? This isn't even about huge expensive systems...
In the first place, why do these organisations even bother to call for a competition?
* Well, I haven't stated if these are government, quasi-government, public or private limited companies. I leave it to you to guess.
** No telephone number, no fax number, just an email address that was wrong!