Maybe you run your own factories or processing plants. Maybe you’re just a warehouse worker looking for a new product that will make your job easier. Whatever your reasons for seeking industrial parts, here are just a few shopping secrets that the bigwigs don’t want you to know.
1. You can get discounts just by asking for them.
Manufacturers want your business, so if you contact them and express interest in one of their products, they’ll usually be more than happy to share a coupon or discount code that cinches the sale. While this won’t work with every product from every company, it’s worth shooting off an email and seeing if you can get a deal. The worst that can happen is the company apologizing and saying no.
2. Old products aren’t necessarily gone forever.
If you’re operating an older machine, you might find yourself in the unenviable position of needing parts that are no longer produced by the manufacturer. The good news is that they might not be discontinued entirely. There are products called “direct replacements” and “drop-in replacements” that are essentially the exact same part with a different name or product number, and they can get your old machine working like new again.
3. Not all warranties are as wonderful as they seem.
Always read the fine print before committing yourself to a warranty. There’s all kinds of tricky language that can come back to bite the unsuspecting buyer, and you don’t want to be left holding the bill after an unexpected refund denial. Here are just a few questions to ask about a product’s warranty:
– How long does it last? Will any terms or prices wear off after the “introductory” period is complete?
– If something needs to be returned or replaced, who handles the shipping charges? If it’s you, will you be compensated for them?
– What actions will void the warranty?
4. Brands matter.
Graco diaphragm pumps aren’t like pumps from other companies. The pneumatic equipment from one brand might be completely different from the hydraulic products of another. While brand names shouldn’t be your only point of consideration when buying industrial parts, they should definitely be on your list, especially if you’re comparing the pros and cons of multiple products. You’ll want to consider the advantages of buying certain brands over others.
These are just a few things that you may or may not have known about buying industrial parts. It doesn’t matter what industry that you’re in or what kind of product that you need to buy; with this knowledge under your belt, you’ll be better-equipped to make an informed, intelligent purchase decision.