NJMoo3652 wrote:So I was looking to pick up a system sensor carbon monoxide detector from my local ADI Global Dist. branch but I soon found out that they wouldn't sell to the public. What's the reasoning behind this and do all fire alarm distributors only sell to companies?
eBay's your best bet, or you can try calling System Sensor and ordering it from them directly if they let you, but that might cost more money rather than buying from eBay because companies will charge you the MSRP (Standard Retail Price) rather than someone just guessing the product's value.
You could try calling your local distributor's office and seeing what they charge for it, but they probably want to install it themselves due to the liability and all that. Or order from ISA; I believe they sell to the public. And if that fails, look up "fire alarm companies near me" on Google, and chances are you might find something.
I know several people who have called the manufacturers and ordered from them directly, but I'm not sure how many hoops you'd have to jump through to get there. I'd wait until one pops up on eBay personally. Another option could be a local third-party fire alarm inspection company if you know of any near you; they might be more willing to sell you something than licensed distributors.
I'm not too sure about this though as I've ordered just about everything in my collection from eBay or have gotten some alarms from building demolitions, etc.