Published : 11/15/2017 05:51:45
Jim Wilden founded Wilden pumps, which is now a part of the Dover Corporation, in 1955. Since their founding, Wilden and Dover have been devoted to providing superior quality pump products. Because of the fantastic reputation held by Wilden pumps, it makes sense that you would seek to buy Wilden diaphragm pumps for your chemical pumping system, fuel pump, or other pump system needs. Buying a specialized and quality pump, however, isn’t as easy as going on to an online retailer or driving to the hardware store. Quality pumps are sold by authorized dealers, both online and for brick-and-mortar locations, and sometimes that can make attaining them more complicated. Thankfully, if you keep a few ideas in mind, you will not be confronting this challenge blindly. This article will help give you some guidance on buying Wilden diaphragm pumps online or at a brick-and-mortar distributor.
Your first step in locating a distributor of Wilden diaphragm pumps should be to visit Wilden’s homepage and take advantage of their distributor locator tool. This tool is a plugin that works with Google Maps to locate nearby authorized dealers based on your zip code. Generally, this search tool will display the websites, phone numbers, and addresses of the nearby distributors. If you live in a rural or suburban area, though, you might not be feasibly close to a brick-and-mortar dealer.
Geographical distance can make brick-and-mortar purchases expensive both in the form of gas costs and in the form of the opportunity cost of your lost time. If a distributor within your area that is out of driving distance has an online store offering shipping, you may be able to have them deliver to you, but not all local distributors offer to ship or deliver products, especially if you need more specialized components. In this case, you may need to search for a web-based business that is an authorized dealer of Wilden diaphragm pumps.
Going for a web-based business has a lot of benefits, but requires a little bit of research as well. The first major benefit of shopping for components online is that you can very quickly compare prices without having to make a whole lot of calls or spending time traveling from store to store. Additionally, the staff of online stores is available as you need them and will not be attempting to pressure you into a purchase or upsell you. You can contact customer service online at your own convenience, which can help you make decisions with less pressure and with a clearer head. Online stores also often have a much more flexible offering in regards to product stock.
Not all online stores are created equal, though. It’s important to take some time to research online stores before you buy. The clear first step is to ensure that they are indeed a licensed distributor of Wilden pumps. You can do this by checking their “about” page and cross referencing it with the Wilden website. If there is any doubt, a quick call to Wilden’s customer service can help you verify the legitimacy of a site.
While verifying that a store is an authorized distributor is a great first step and will generally ensure that the site is quite trustworthy, it’s still always safe to take the time to do due diligence and audit a site yourself. First, check a few reviews of the site on Google or another popular search engine. These public reviews can give you a great first impression of a site. Once you’ve read a few reviews, keeping an eye out for the most detailed reviews, then take a look at the site itself and see if they have partnerships with trustworthy payment processors. Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, and AMEX partnerships are a great sign that the store has done their part to ensure they are safe, secure, and easy to work with.
If you want to go one step further, it’s never a bad idea to contact a web store’s customer service line and ask questions about the business. Not only will this give you a feel for a company’s service and culture, but it will also let you have an opportunity to ask specific questions about their product. You can also get a feel for a company’s expertise by talking with their service lines before you buy.
The last step to take before choosing an online pump distributor is to research or ask about their shipping policies. While all online stores obviously ship and deliver components, all stores have different deals. A store that offers free or discounted shipping for businesses, for example, might be a better fit for you than one that does not.
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