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Buying online becomes easier and easier each and every day, especially with sites like Amazon and eBay, but in some cases, is it becoming too easy?

What we have noticed is customers look for parts on eBay first, which is a huge risk. Most eBay sellers do not know their products and therefore do not know how to test or recondition their breakers before putting them for sale online. Plus, both of these tasks require expensive equipment and certified technicians, which most eBay sellers do not have. The risks involved with installing an untested circuit breaker are numerous, but the majority of them center around safety risks: electrocution, fires, and explosions are all possible.

Additionally, unlike supply houses, eBay does not come with any warranty and the breaker could end up failing and costing you more in the long run. You should not have to worry about wasting money on defective equipment. When you buy from a Nationwide Electric, you can count on a 1-year warranty and if you ever have any questions or concerns, or do not know what breaker you need, our team of experts is always here to help.

If you do end up purchasing a breaker off of eBay, please make it your responsibility to get it tested before installation. If you would like to get Nationwide Electric to test it, please contact us at 804-232-3005 or at

It is our responsibility as tradesmen and supply houses to make sure the buildings we work on are safe for its occupants.