If any of your line items in your bid are marked up, then BlinkBid will pop up the dialog below in the image. There are two schools of thought. Both are correct and valid and rely entirely on what you need to accomplish.
- If you transfer your cost amount, then the budget will be managed with that amount. This guarantees that your mark up will come to you as pure profit.
- If you transfer the marked up amount then you give your budget a little wiggle room in case things go over.
In either case this consideration only matters if you are bidding a job versus estimating a job and billing for your actuals. We have an extensive article about the difference entitled The Structure of the Bid.