If you building a new lab, or have just relocated, many distributors will offer special discounts just to get you working with them. ThermoFisher, SigmaAldrich, VWR even gives you a “Lab Set up Guide” to help you spot discounts. If you are setting up a new lab, check with your distributors to find out if they have such programs. Some companies, like ThorLabs, are much less flashy about the discounts they offer, so if you don’t see anything at first a friendly call might do the trick. Oh and since we borrowed their image, we better give a shout out to Promega’s startup discounts, which include $1000 of free reagents.