promoted 8 years 7 months ago, posted 8 years 8 months ago
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Governments and other organizations often accept tenders for items or projects, and then proceed to select the lowest bidder. Perhaps quality should be involved in the selection process, no?
We have a road problem here. Part of the problem is that the road work contracts always go to the guy who can do the most for the least. Typically, this means that a shite job is done, the roads stay shitty, and money is flushed down the toilet.
Here's some old-school knowledge that may come in handy when deciding who gets what contract.
"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who only consider price are this man's lawful prey.
It's unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little to get a lot - can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."
John Ruskin, 1860
More often than not, contracts ALWAYS go to the lowest bidder. Go figure.