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User experience lead at a small tech company. Coffee purist.


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accepted Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
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comment Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
We've decided to go with a variation on your approach, @Alvin. Actually, it's a synthesis of your solution and the others' ideas. In the interest of keeping users on the main list page (i.e. not directing them to a separate item details page), each list item will display a single default vendor offering. When the user goes to click "Add to Quote," it will disclose additional vendor offerings on hover. That way we don't interrupt his decision process, but we make sure he sees all his buying options.
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comment Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
Thanks for the input @Benny! The trouble with a select-box for our application is that we would need to include at least three pieces of information in a highly scannable form – price, vendor, and lead-time. If you can style options to be aligned in columns, this could work rather well.
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comment Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
This approach facilitates vendor visibility fairly well. I'll see how it would perform against our scenarios. Thanks @Alvin!
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comment Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
Excellent thoughts @talkol. Much appreciated.
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comment Advice for designing a multi-vendor product list
You're right, this is a good way to accommodate the user who's primary concern is price. We're in the process of validating two other user goals, though – delivery lead-time, and vendor preference. That's where some of the complexity comes in: how to satisfy the user who needs it soon and doesn't care about price, and the guy who will buy from vendor X, regardless of price. I suspect both of those goals will be secondary, and the primary use case will be, as you said, "how cheap can I buy this?" Some more user research is requisite, obviously. Thanks for your input!
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