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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Microscopes?

What is the average price of Microscopes?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Microscopes. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Microscopes been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Microscopes yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Microscopes?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Microscopes with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The microscope market is considered fragmented, with the top four suppliers capturing less than 30.0% of total market revenue. ProcurementIQ estimates there are about 2,661 companies engaged in manufacturing or wholesaling microscopes, and many do both. Though market share concentration is considered low, top manufacturers such as Hitachi, Olympus and... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Product Quality

What is the expected service life of your microscopes?

What measures have you undertaken to improve product quality?

How long have your products been on the market? Have there been any issues with your product?

Do you have the capacity to customize microscopes? What kind of additional features can you add?

Can you provide documentation that your microscopes satisfy all applicable regulatory requirements?

Supplier Expertise

How many years of experience in microscope manufacturing or distribution do you have?

What geographic regions do you serve?

How frequently do you upgrade your facilities? How frequently do you incorporate new technologies to improve efficiency and quality?

What clients have you worked with in the past?

Have you served businesses similar to mine? If so, can you provide a portfolio of similar projects you have worked on?

Production Costs

How do you address the changing cost of raw materials? How does volatility in raw material prices affect the prices that buyers pay?

What steps are you taking to address the tariff on imported steel?

Do you source raw materials from multiple sources? What measures do you undertake to ensure the continual supply of raw materials? Are there any sole-sourced raw materials?

How do you achieve efficiency in your operations?

How do you stay abreast of technological innovations?

Customer Service

How long does it usually take to receive a product from you?

Do you charge any shipping and handling fees? Are there any additional charges?

What is your return and exchange policy?

What are the benefits of working with your company compared to other vendors?

What types of value-added services do you offer? What is your typical turnaround time on most customized products?

What measures have you taken to ensure timely support and customer service despite office closures brought on by the coronavirus?

Cost Savings

What is the volume at which you are willing to offer a discount? How much of a discount is it?

How does the contract term length affect the price?

Do you offer any samples of microscopes for field-testing prior to purchasing?

Do you offer any customer rebates? If so, do you have any additional requirements?

Repair Services & Product Support

Can you describe your product maintenance requirements and the frequency of required maintenance?

What events will void coverage under the service agreement? What is not covered under the warranty?

What is the average turnaround time after a service call has been made?

What support do you provide after business hours?

Has access to repair services changed due to the coronavirus pandemic?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

If one exists, buyers should specify their budget for the desired microscopes and related products and services.

Vendors should provide detailed pricing information, including bulk and bundled discounts.

Buyers should request detailed information about shipping and handling fees.

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price and Total Cost of Ownership sections of this report for assistance in creating a budget.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should strongly consider vendors that offer a wide range of microscopes because it can lead to potential cost and time savings.

Buyers should strongly consider vendors offering microscopes that meet the organization’s desired specifications for functionality and features.

Buyers need to procure durable microscopes that will experience few to no breakdowns and will remain operational for their expected useful lives.

Prospective vendors will be evaluated based on the quality of the microscopes because using microscopes with compromised quality can lead to inaccurate or compromised results.

For other selection criteria requirements, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should outline the schedule and process for the RFP and project.

Buyers need to include the date proposals are due and when the award will be announced.

Buyers should outline the length and terms of the contract as well as cancelation policy terms.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain for microscopes presents a moderate risk of disruptions, which hampers buyer power. Although supply chain risks may cause fluctuations in operating costs, which are reflected in the price of microscopes, it is unlikely that these risks will destabilize the overall availability of raw materials. Steel and zinc... Subscribe to learn more.