Amazon.com sells just about everything these days. Since anyone can open up their own “store” on Amazon, you’ll find products of all types on the popular selling platform. There are already people selling small ceramic bearings for things like skateboards and inline skates, so we have to believe it’s only a matter of time before someone starts selling large ceramic hybrid bearings for industrial electric equipment, like the ones we sell at CBR.
This brings us to the question we proposed in the title of this blog post: Should you buy ceramic hybrid ball bearings on Amazon, or on any other online selling platform, for that matter? Our answer would be to use caution.
Using a Middleman Affects Pricing
Many of the sellers on Amazon are actually re-sellers—meaning they don’t make the products they sell. Rather, they buy wholesale products and then mark them up to sell at a profit. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it does mean you are now paying a middleman. Anytime someone else gets involved in the selling process, the price of the product goes up.
When you buy ceramic hybrid bearings from CBR, you are buying directly from the manufacturer. We only sell the products we make in-house. There’s no middleman involved. This means you will get the best pricing possible from us.
Little to No Customer Service Available
Buying products like ceramic hybrid bearings on Amazon can also be risky because you don’t have much of an opportunity to ask questions. Sure, you can ask a question on the product page, but there’s no guarantee anyone will answer, or if they do, there’s no way to know if the answer is accurate.
There’s really no substitute for getting on the phone with someone with intimate knowledge of the bearings they’re selling and getting the answers you need.
At CBR, we are happy to take the time to answer any questions you may have, whether your order is big or small. We want to make sure you get the bearings you need for your specific application. You can call or message us at any time through our online contact form.
Have you ever ordered anything on Amazon only to receive something other than what you expected? Maybe it was a shirt that was advertised as being “100% cotton”, but when it arrived, you found that it was clearly made from polyester fabric. Or perhaps you received a product that was just poorly made and didn’t perform as promised.
As we’ve explained on our blog before, not all ceramic hybrid bearings are created equal. Unless you know exactly what to look for in ceramic hybrid bearings, you may get duped into buying an inferior product that won’t serve you well and may even cause damage to your equipment. Bearings are vital parts of your equipment, so don’t settle! Look for bearings that are made with quality materials by a respected manufacturer.
We know ordering on Amazon is simple, and their two-day shipping on many products is enticing, but ordering bearings directly from CBR is not time-consuming or complicated. Simply contact us with your order and we’ll get it to you as soon as possible. If it’s a product we already have on our shelves, you should get it in a matter of days, otherwise, we will give you an estimate on the turnaround time, which is typically very short.