a recent post advised "never take the lowest price (on anything)"
I for one would not bid on the contract. If I would have to be contracted to a company that decided to award a proposal based solely upon being the second lowest bidder, I don't think I could stomach whatever other ridiculous decisions they would make throughout the lifetime of the project.
Something like this technique, in reverse, is employed in Vickrey auctions:
"Bidders fully understand the rules and modify their bids as circumstances dictate. In the case of a Vickrey auction, bidders adjust upward. No one is deterred out of fear that he will pay too high a price."
Don't be silly. You tell everyone you're going to take the lowest bidder and then disqualify the lowest bidder on some technicality.
No, you take the second lowest PRICE, but with the
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