Welcome to our Tuesday morning series to help scientists become better shoppers for lab supplies.
Equipment (centrifuges, freezers, etc.) cost $1000-$10,000’s. A good shopper can save $100-$1,000’s on one purchase. Our #LabShopping Tip Number 2 is:
Buy from a manufacturer, not a distributor.
Prices (and energy consumption) increase once a piece of equipment leaves the manufacturer for a distributor. Cut out the middle man and find out the manufacturer name. Then call them, follow Tip Number 1, and get a quote.
Note: not all manufacturers sell their products to the end user. They depend solely on distributors to do that.