It is said you can now find and buy anything you need from the Internet. More and more, people are shopping online and finding Internet transactions to be both safe and convenient. This also applies for fire alarm components as well - You can find some fire alarm components which normally would be hard in shops, online. Even collectors of rare "antique" fire alarms parts have found the Internet to be the best source to find what they are looking for.
Unfortunately, there are scams on the Internet.
You cannot ever be sure if the stuff you buy online are
genuine, sold by honest folk. So just like everywhere
else, basic scam-buster precautions should apply. If the
fire alarm part you are looking for is too cheap, it could
be defective or fake. If it is too good to be true, than
it probably is. Always be cautious.
Checking the website of your fire alarm system manufacturer is one of the best ways to source for the parts you are looking for. Most businesses should have websites which may also list down other sources online where you can find the fire alarm parts you're looking for. It is better to know which fire alarm parts you are looking for before you do your search. Calling the supplier or manufacturer or emailing them before you commit to a purchase is the best course of action when it comes to buying things online. If you exactly what you're looking for, you have a better chance of finding it and it would save you from time wastage and other hassles.
Some search engines have features that allow for product searches, like fire alarm parts and you can even sort the results according to price. Although useful, these are not always the best places to find the fire alarm parts that you want. This is because search engines are unable to differentiate between honest and dishonest, reputable and disreputable companies. More than likely you will end up buying something that seems like a good deal, but is hardly better than a scam in any other case.
So to recap: Start your search with the website of the company or supplier, and you can even do a search on them and see if they have any bad reputation or not. Mostly, you will be safe if you stick to fire alarm parts which have been around for a while. And while you might come across good deals on sites like eBay, remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!