Best Value

To help you determine the best value for the university PCS has developed the acronym B-E-S-T-D-E-A-L. BEST DEAL is a simplified guide to help spot issues that might arise when you are buying good or services. If any of the below issues come up when you are buying, please check with your business manager or contact Purchasing and Contracting Services.


Best Value

Is this purchase the best value for UO?

The lowest price is not always the best value. Some items may cost more upfront but actually cost less over their useful life.


Is UO providing all vendors a fair opportunity to win our business?

As a public entity, UO has an ethical obligation to give everyone in the community an opportunity to win our business.

Sign Nothing

Are you being asked to sign a contract?

A contract is formed when one party makes an offer that calls for an exchange of value and another party accepts that offer.


Are you allowing enough time to complete the purchase?

Small purchases can be processed quickly. If you are spending over $50,000, please allow for time to conduct a public procurement

Duck Depot

Can I buy this from a vendor on Duck Depot?

You can buy books, office supplies, lab supplies, maintenance, repair and operational supplies, and IT hardware on Duck Depot.


Are both parties acting honestly and with good faith?

We hold our commitments to our vendors and we expect them to do the same.

Actual Conflict

Do you have an actual or potential conflict of interest?

If you or a family member is associated with a business that provides UO goods or services please let us know!


Is it legal? Is it compliant with all applicable policies and regulations?

Higher Ed is one of the most highly regulated sectors in the US economy.