Issue Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10 Principles When Pricing Your Tender

We are often asked how to work out a tender price? But there is no straight answer because every tender is different. The fact is that a tender for the supply of furniture will have a different pricing structure to that of the supply of food for a government function. So to provide individual pricing techniques would be very difficult.

In general, there are ten points that must be considered when calculating price. These are:

  • Price is king – ensure that you price your product or service as low as possible in order to stand a chance of winning a tender.
  • Be precise; when the product supplied is R101-26 then state it in the tender response as R101-26 and not as R101-00 or even R102-00. Small differences like these can result in large amounts that can be lost, depending on the size of the tender.
  • Ensure that all the costs of delivering the product is taken into consideration; double check your pricing – omitting something small can come back and bite you later on.
  • Confirm prices of goods with your suppliers – prices can change very quickly due to increases in fuel prices or exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Always remember to add Value Added Tax (VAT) at 14% to your price especially when it relates to Government tenders. Most tenders state that the price must include VAT.
  • Ensure that all other applicable taxes are included in the tender price.
  • The most important piece of advice on Pricing: never bid too low or too high;
    • Bid Evaluation Committees are well informed and they will know if a bid is too low or too high;
    • Bidding too low or too high might lead to a tender response being disqualified or marked as non-responsive;
  • Pricing can be influenced by law as well – there are several industries in South Africa, such as the cleaning industry, which has minimum wages payable to employees;
  • A suggestion is that if your usual mark-up is 25% then tender perhaps at 18% to 20%. Remember that you are going to save on direct costs as well as on other expenses such as advertising, telephone costs and much more. Use these savings to lower your price.
  • Remember that in Government tenders you are going to be scored on your price and currently price counts for 80 out of 100 points for tenders less than R1 million and 90 out of 100 points for tenders with a value of more than R1 million. The bidder with the lowest price receives the most points.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Tender Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Repairs to carport/shadeport 2018-01-26 09:00 SM11800357
Supply Water distribution materials 2018-01-19 14:00 GE11800936
Supply: Masks 2018-01-31 10:00 GA11800337
Supply and delivery of skip bins – Re-advertisement 2018-01-22 11:00 RFQ41/2017-2018
Supply: Shoes 2018-01-30 10:00 GA11800333
Supply: Bibs 2018-01-30 10:00 GA11800334
Supply Beanies 2019-02-01 10:00 GA11800335
Bookbinding for ward committee agendas 2018-01-23 12:00 SA11800258
Supply and delivery of sound system 2018-01-22 11:00 GK1180383A
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800618
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800619
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800620
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800621
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800622
Supply & delivery of cable 2018-01-22 15:00 GJ11800623
A service provider to provide the Housing Development Agency with a valuation report of mineral rights situated on certain portion of Paardekraal 226 IQ, Gauteng Province. 2018-01-24 12:00 RFP/JHB/2017/036
Supply: Boots 2018-01-22 10:00 GA11800290
Supply: Safety wear 2018-01-24 10:00 GA11800292
Supply: Sunglasses 2018-01-24 10:00 GA11800293
Supply: Traffic cones 2018-01-24 10:00 GA11800294

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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