Amazon Distributor Favorability Results

By: Brian Karas, Published on Mar 03, 2017

Amazon is not a security distributor, but they often have more stock, better prices, and faster shipping on certain components than many distributors, according to integrators.

When do integrators turn to Amazon, and how do they rate Amazon against security distributors? We have the answers in this first installment of our Distributor Favorability series of 150 integrator responses (Watch for future reports on ADI, Anixter, CSC, Scansource, PSA, and China / Alibaba).

****** ************

****** *** *** ******-******* positive *****, *** ****** than ******* ******** ******** dropped ***** ******* ****** down.

*********** ***** ****** *** uncommon ******** *** ***** shipping, *** **** ***** unhappy **** *** ******* they ***** *** **** products ******* ** ******, and *** **** ** clarity ****** ******* ******* or ****** *******.

Good ****** *** ******** *****

*********** ********* **** ** Amazon *** ********** *** carried ** ***** ******** distributors, ****** ***** **** UPSes, ******, *** ******** as ******** ******** ********* from ******:

  • "** *** **** ********* fast *** ***'* **** their *** ** *** day ********. ** *** them **** *** ********, UPS *** ***** *******."
  • "** ***'* *** ****** for *** ******** ********. The **** **** ** have ** ** * pinch ***** ** **** an ***** ***** ** something **** ** **** on ** ***********'* *****."
  • "***** *** **** ****** for ****** ****** **** are *** ********* ** our ****** ****** *****."
  • "** ** *** ** miss *** ** ** my **-** *** *** offs *** *** ** the *** *****. ***** tool *** ********. *** also **** *** ** normal ************ ** *** of * ******* ****. Excellent ****** ***********."
  • "****** ** * ******** for commodity ******** **** ** cannot **** ******* *** traditional ************ ********."
  • "******* ******** ** ********. Don't *** **** ***********. We *** **** **** we **** * **** time ******** *******, *******."
  • "**** *** ******** **** with ***** -- ***** switch **** *** **** and ****."
  • "** **** *** ****** for ***-**** ********* ** exceptions. ** **** *** huge ********* *** ********* good *****."
  • "**. ** *** **** for *** **** ***** camera *** ***** ****** tool *****. **** ** eSATA *****, ****** ******* or **** ***** **** etc. *** ****** ******* from ****."
  • "****** *** ********* **** reasonable. * *** *** oddball ***** ********* **** I ***'* *** **** my *********."
  • "***** **********. ******** ****** always ***** *******. *** get **** ** *** parts ** * ***** generally ******** ******* ******** a ******* ** ********. Great ***** *** ***** not **** ** *** stores **** ****. ******* is ***** ***."
  • "* **** **** ******** that * ***'* **** at *** ** ***** supplier * ***** *** in * ******** **** for **** ********"
  • "***** **** *** ***'* find * ********* ******* you **** ******* *** need ** ****."
  • "******** ***** ** *****. Easy ****** ******** *** small ***** **** ** batteries, */* ****** *** such. ***** **** *** down."

Price ************

*** ***** ********* ** Amazon, *********** ********* **** prices **** ***********:

  • "* *** **** **** about ******** *** ********* at * ***** *****."
  • "**** **** ********* ** a ***** ***** ** the *** *** *** small ****."
  • "********* ******. ********* ***********. Excellent ******* *******. **** TO ***. ****-*******."
  • "********* *** **** *********** option. **** ******** *** fair ******** ******"
  • "**** ******. * *** get ********* ** * two **** **** ****** prime. **** ****** ******."
  • "**** ** ***** *** good ******"
  • "*********** ******, **** ******* of ********"

****** **** *** **** that ******'* ******* *** not ***** **** ** make *** ******:

  • "****** ** ***** ** a ******** *****, ******* on * ******** ***** they *** **** ****** margins **** *****'* *** special ******* ** *****, but *****'* **** * lot ** **** ****'* not ******* **** **** sold."
  • "**** ** *****. *** pricing ** **** *** difficult ** **** * margin."
  • "******* ** ******* ********** competitive *** ******* ********* quickly **** ********** ******** charges. * *** ** this ** ******* ** hours * ***. ******* is *** ********* ** the ******** ** * can't ****** **** * margin."

Fast ********

****** *** ******** ******* in ***** ************ ******* to ********** **** ******** and ****** ******** *****, and **** ** ********* in ********** ********. ******* comments *********** ******'* ******* to *** ********* *** quickly.

  • "***** ******** *** *’** had * ******** **** them."
  • "***** ******* *** ********.****** pricing *********. *** *******."
  • "**** ********, ******* ******** service, ******* ** ***** and *******. ***** ***** most ** *** **** the ******** *** ******* than * *** *** from *****!"
  • "* ****** **** ****** for ******** *******: ******* & *******, ***** ********, etc."
  • "**** ** ******* *** quick ********. *** **** is *** *** ** is ** **** ********* find *** ******** *****"
  • "***** ********, ****** ********** controls/reports, *** *** *** advantages **** **** **** them ***** ** ******** powerhouse ** *****/***********. *** for *** "* **** a ******** ***** ***" crowd, *** ***** *** the "* ***'* **** to ******* ***** *********** on ***** *****" *****."
  • "***** ********, **** ** use *********. ******* **** Amazon ** **** *** our ********* ***** *** products ******* **** ** well."

Difficult ** ****** ******/******* *********

********* ** ***********, ** is *** ****** **** to ********* *** **** details ** * ******* or ****** ** ****** when **********. **** ** not **********,*********** ***** *** ******* 2 ******* ******* ** Amazon, ********** *** ~**% of ******** ******. ** *********** **** ******* in *** ****** ** ******/********* *****.

  • "**** ** ***** ** some ******* *** **********. Not ****** ******* ** logistical ******* ** ** viable ****** *** ***** one-off *****. *** ****** a ******** *********** ****** for *** *** ***."
  • "*** ***** **** *** you *** ******** ****** from. **** ******* ** says ****** ***** *** hundreds ** **-*******. ****** customer ******* **** **** in ** ******* ******** after *** **** *** they ***'* ** * good *** ******* ***** vendors."
  • "**** *** *********** ** online ******** **** ** you **** ******* **** your ******* *** **** not ******* ****** *** your ****** ****, ***** seems ** ** *** same ***** ***** **** that **** ** *** keep ** **** ******* changes *** ******, **** numbers ** *********** ** not ***** ****** ***** delivered. ****** ** *** parts *** ***** ******** old *****"
  • "**** ** **** ** control ***** **** ** the ******** ***** **** on ****** *** *** directly ** ****** **** if ****** ** *** company ********** *** *****. This ** **** *** the *** ********."
  • "**** ***** *** *******, some ***** *** *** more *********. *** **** market ****** ** ** makes ** **** **** of ******** ***** ******* Amazon *******. ** *** plus ****, ******* ******* is *********** *** **** easy ** ***."
  • "**** ******** *** **********, no ********. *** *** shipping **** ***** ** great, *** *** ***** know **** **** ** where *** *** ****** from. **** ****** ****** will **** ********, *** may ** ********** ***** businesses ******* **** ****** purchase."

Amazon *** **** ** * ******

** ****, ****** ******** ** ************ service, ****** **** *** integrator ********* ****, ********** that **** ******* *** not ****** * ****** to ******** ***********:

"****: ********* ****** *** small ****, ******* ******* hardware, ***, ***. **** clear ** ***** *** delivery ***********. ******* ** usually *********** ** ********* parts. **** ** *** website. *******: ***'* **** to *** **** ** our *****. ** *** the ******** ** ***** installation *** ******* ** low-end ******** ******* ***** hasn't **** ** ****** in *** ******** (**** our **********/********** *****). ***, If * *** ** residential, * ***** ******** signing **. **** ********* power. *** **** **** at ***** ***** **** get ** *****. ******** charges ** *** ***'* pick-up ** ******."

Outlook *** ******

****** *** *** ** a ****** ** ***** of ********** ********* **** installers, *** ***** ** clearly * ***** ** Amazon ******** * ****** for ******* *** ********* (even if **** *** ***** grey ******), ***** ***** it ****** *** *********** to *** ******* ******* on ******** **** ********* can *** ** ******* on ******. ***** ****** are ******** ** ***** their ******** ** ******, either ******** ** ******* resellers, *** *** **** availability ** ********* *** Dahua ******** ** ****** poses ******* ********** ** commanding ****** ****** *** those *************.

Comments (2)

According to integrators, it is not always easy to determine the full details of a product or seller on Amazon when purchasing.

Advice to fellow integrators:

My rule is that I only purchase via Amazon direct or Fulfilled by Amazon third party items.  This means that Amazon has it in a warehouse somewhere and accepts liability to ship it timely.  This also means those are Prime qualifying items.

I only purchase from third parties in a pinch and expect the shipping to take 2-3 weeks.

 

Which brands are available? Surely we are talking about one manufacturer & their OEM product?

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