Issue Date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018

7 Disadvantages of Competitive Bidding

The bidding process can be very tedious sometimes. Here are some of the disadvantages of the bidding process.

1.    Leading suppliers may not tender

In Australia, for example, government procurement guidelines only allow suppliers who actually tender to be considered for a procurement decision. If the leading supplier or suppliers do not tender, the purchaser can only consider bids from suppliers who do tender. If leading suppliers are not considered, the purchaser may end up buying inferior product or service.

2.    Barriers to communication between supplier and customers

When making significant purchases, frank and open communication between potential supplier and customer is crucial.
Competitive bidding is not conducive to open communication; in fact, it often discourages deep dialogue because in many cases all discussions between a bidder and the purchaser must be made available to all other bidders. Hence, Bidder A may avoid asking certain questions because the questions or answers may help other bidders by revealing Bidder A's approaches, features, and the like.

3.    The cost-plus phenomenon

There is a bear-trap in the purchase of goods and services on the basis of price tag that people don't talk about. To run the game of cost plus in industry a supplier offers a bid so low that he is almost sure to get the business. He gets it. The customer discovers that a change is vital. The supplier is extremely obliging, but discovers that these changes will double the cost of the supply. The supplier runs the risk of making a loss on the contract.

4.    Use of cheaper, poor quality materials and/or labour

A supplier forced to play the competitive bidding game may come under pressure to keep costs down to ensure he gets a satisfactory profit margin. One way a supplier can lower costs is by using cheaper labour and/or materials. If the cheaper labour and materials are poor quality, the customer will often end up with inferior, poor quality goods or services.

5.    Safety shortcuts

Another area where suppliers may be tempted to lower costs is safety standards. Safety costs can ran away with a contract. Cutting down on safety costs is a sure way to keep the bidding price low.

6.    Competitive bidding can be extremely slow

When Organs of State, and indeed, private companies use competitive bidding it can take sometimes years to award the bid. The result is the customer can wait incredibly long periods for goods or services that may be required quickly.

7.    Insufficient profit margin to allow for investment in research and development, new technology or equipment

Competitive bidding can force a supplier to accept a very slim profit margin. These low margins can result in a supplier having little or no money to spend on research and development, new technology and equipment.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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King Williams Town: Zwelitsha SAPS complex: Repairs & maintenance of electrical, civil, mechanical & structural elements to the complex. 2019-06-19 11:00 PE07/ 2019
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Supply, deliver, install and commissioning of laundry equipment: Benedicitine Hospital 2019-06-24 11:00 ZNB 9654/ 2018- H
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NDPW: Repairs, Maintenance, Service and Replacement of Refrigeration to various areas within the Johannesburg Regional Office’s jurisdiction for 24 months period. 2019-06-18 11:00 JHB.19/ 15
RFP 0014/2019: Provision of integrated pest management program for all SARS offices, countrywide 2019-06-25 11:00 RFP0014/ 2019
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Bethlehem Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR): Thabo Mofutsanenyane District: Alternative office accommodation and parking facilities: 1994.17m² and 25 parking bays for 5 years 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 007
Welkom Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR): Thabo Mofutsanyane District: Alternative office accommodation and parking facilities: 2019-06-11 11:00 BL19/ 004
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority invites suitable, qualified and competent Suppliers for the supply and delivery of Uniforms to iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 2019-06-07 16:00 RFP NUMBER: 02/ MAY/ 2019
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Three year contract for the Disposal of Aluminium Lithographic Plates from Naval Publication Unit, Simon’s Town as per Statement of Work. 2019-06-26 11:00 SPSC- B- 004- 2019
Request For Proposals for the Appointment of a Professional Service Provider to Provide Facilities Management for the Playhouse Company for a preiod of 3 years 2019-06-24 11:00 PHC 59/ 2019
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Tender Knowledge

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

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