[Cytometry] Beckman Coulter additional fee

House, Frances frances.house at Vanderbilt.Edu
Mon Feb 16 16:11:30 EST 2009

As we all know, while the economy has fluctuated, many vendors have responded by either raising their
prices or tacking on a nominal surcharge on their orders.  This being a forthright and understandable solution 
for maintaining the status quo of 
business, albeit, while passing on the cost to us.

It is surprising Beckman dismisses the unforeseen necessity of last minute orders.  But it is more surprising
they would not realize customers won't view this administrative fee for what it is - a poor disguise to maintain
their upwardly mobile earnings (see their website for fourth quarter 2008).  Moreover, while they maintain their
bottom line, the researcher or diagnostician are penalized for not anticipating that which is sometimes not 'anticipatable'

I agree - change vendors.




Frances S. House, M.S. 
Laboratory Manager, Research 
The CroweLab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
1161 Twenty-first Avenue, South 
Medical Center North, T-2219 
Nashville, Tennessee 37232 
phone: 615-343-7192 
facsimile: 615-343-8789 
electronic mail: frances.house at vanderbilt.edu

Insanity ~ doing the same thing over and over. . .and expecting different results. 
- Albert Einstein

-----Original Message-----
From: cytometry-bounces at lists.purdue.edu on behalf of Mario Roederer
Sent: Fri 2/13/2009 6:17 PM
To: cytometry at lists.purdue.edu
Subject: [Cytometry] Beckman Coulter additional fee
We have just been informed that Beckman Coulter has decided to  
implement an extra $125 "administration fee" on top of shipping fees  
for any orders that are requested to arrive in less than 6 shipping  
days.  (Apparently, NIH got the news last - I presume most of you know  
this already.)

Our response will be to begin ordering any comparable reagents from  
other vendors; there are only a few uniquely-available reagents that  
we get from Beckman Coulter.  Given how much we spend at BC every  
year, this policy will certainly cost considerably more money than  
they stand to gain from it.

It seems to me that most vendor have a standard turn-around time that  
is far less than 6 shipping days.  Thus, I'm curious whether or not  
our reaction is misplaced.  Will others in the community respond  
similarly by moving their business elsewhere?  Is this a unique charge  
or do other vendors routinely do this?  Are we, here, completely off- 
base by being highly irritated by this fee?

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