Trade 3C and TRA-SER Target prices ships with IntelliBid and can be used to price your estimates. Trade 3C prices are higher because they are based on manufacturer prices (MSRP). TRA-SER’s new Target pricing comes very close to most Vendor item prices. You can select either of these to price out your takeoff or add up to eight other vendors and their pricing into the database.
=> You can enter prices manually, item by item, but this will be time consuming.
=> If your vendors provide pricing electronically, IntelliBid can import the data into your database with a little formatting work on your part. Keep the prices current by periodically importing updated pricing from the vendors. One difficulty with this method is that UPC codes are not universal and you may have to manually match up the unique vendor UPC to the UPC code in the database.
=> You can let IntelliBid establish vendor discounts off the Trade 3C prices from an initial vendor import and then keep your pricing updated using the TRA-SER pricing service. Matching the UPC codes may also be necessary with this method (see the point above).
=> By far the quickest method with the least amount of work for you is to subscribe to the NetPricer service. This will download the latest pricing from your vendors quickly and accurately over the Internet.
Once the vendor pricing is established, you can determine which vendor(s) you want to use.
=> Use the drop down Vendor list above the Audit Trail in Takeoff and select each vendor, noting the Total Job Material price. If you prefer to use one vendor for the job, this method will show you which vendor gives you the lowest price based on the whole job.
=> If you would prefer to get the best price for each item, select ‘Best Buy’ from the Vendor drop down list. Best Buy compares the pricing for all your vendors and selects the lowest price by item. The Best Buy report in Summary will create a separate list by vendor for placing orders.