General Research Topics => General Discussion => Topic started by: Hughthistle on September 03, 2010, 11:16:49 AM

Title: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: Hughthistle on September 03, 2010, 11:16:49 AM
If you make the purchasing call I'd love your thought on antibody suppliers (Santa Cruz, Abcam, Sigma, whoever ...). Particularly I'd be interested to know why you would use one of these bigger middle-men suppliers over the smaller producers. I'm guessing convenience comes in to play but do you shop around on price?

A lot of the antibodies from the bigger vendors are relabelled anyway, but does it matter if you can't tell the original source?

A few questions crammed in there, but any thoughts most welcome.

Many thanks.
Title: Re: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: MT Scientist on January 13, 2011, 01:03:46 PM
Price, convenience, availability, validation, customer service, trouble-shooting....

Beware that not all antibodies from larger companies are created equal and not all larger companies provide better antibodies.
Title: Re: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: funk.106 on January 14, 2011, 09:22:56 AM
Generally i try to find antibodies that have already been used in a publication for a similar procedure/sample.
Title: Re: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: Amita on February 15, 2011, 11:38:42 PM
Antibody experiments involves time and cost.  I prefer to buy the antibodies from the bigger name  beacuse this give me the confidence on product and trouble shooting assistance. But i will always look for  published lit where selected antibody have been used in somewhat similar kind of experiment, to have better success rate on my result.

Amita
Title: Re: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: FDossani on November 01, 2011, 05:11:00 AM
yeah, I agree with MT Scientist...
Title: Re: Buying antibodies. Opinions?
Post by: SGlerup on April 19, 2012, 02:25:51 PM

The independent antibody blog and review site www.pabmabs.com (http://www.pabmabs.com) provides a list of the best user rated antibodies.

On the top 20 list, ten are from R&D Systems.

/Simon, Aarhus University