[Cytometry] Beckman Coulter additional fee

Parmentier, Julie Julie.Parmentier at astrazeneca.com
Mon Feb 16 08:02:14 EST 2009

Several years ago I stopped ordering from BC because they would only offer 2 day shipping - so if you place an order on Thursday, it won't go out until Monday to arrive on Wednesday..almost a week!!! I complained back then to customer service that I liked their antibodies but BD ships overnight, so if I could get what I needed from them I'd order there.  Since then I've ordered often from Ebioscience because they ship overnight as well.  I honestly can't remember the last time I've ordered anythign from Coulter, and would only do so if I was forced to.  When others here ask where to order antibodies from, I never even mention Coulter...So I would definitely say their shipping policy has cost them business.....


Julie Parmentier
Cancer Biologics

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[mailto:cytometry-bounces at lists.purdue.edu]On Behalf Of Mario Roederer
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 7:17 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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