Do you work from home or in the office? Policies are really in flux given the shift to remote work. In the past, companies probably had deals to buy in bulk, because they knew how many employees they'd have working in the office. Today, if they are having equipment shipped to your home, procurement is different. If it were me, I'd phrase it something like "Are you sending me equipment you already have, or are you buying it especially for me? If you're buying it custom, can I have a say in what you buy, or can you give me a stipend to use for what I want?"


How you just phrased it sounds reasonable and honest. Like you say, they can reserve the right to say no. And they might just give you a stipend and ask for receipts. It might save them the hassle of ordering too.