The key thing here is that there seems to be some misconception about who the user base and what their spending habits are and how they might potentially use the site. The questions you need to ask yourself or your stakeholders\clients is :
- Who is using the site
- Do we have an assurance that people will buy it despite the price being shown
- What is the budget for the people whose companies are buying from this site
- Do companies give carte blanche to these individuals in placing an order item without justification for its price.
That said, with regards to the question of whether you should use filters or not will depend on your understanding of the user base and any analytical data you might potentially get by observing user interactions.
However if you are looking for information to convince your stakeholders about the need to have price filters,I recommend looking at this article which has this to say :
Filtering is a way of reducing the number of products in a product
listing. Users choose which criteria are important to them and view
only relevant products. For example, price-conscious users may choose
to view only products for under £10 (thereby filtering out all
products over £10).
I also recommend looking at this article 10 keys to an effective ecommerce site which has this to say :
It’s surprising how many sites make it hard for customers to find what
they need. Their basic navigation is confusing. The search options
don’t return relevant results. Options to search in different ways are
limited. Offer flexible options for searching and sorting and
navigation like some of the following: “Did you mean?” spelling
corrections when searching.
Search suggestions while typing. Related searches list. Advanced
search options. Filtering by price. Filter by availability. Filter by
free shipping. Search tips and advice. Shop by brand. Shop by price.
Saved searches and views. And by all means, make sure that your basic
search functionality returns relevant results for keywords in the
title, description, options and even the product ID. At this point you
actually have someone looking at your site. Don’t lose them because
they can’t find what they want.