I’m getting an email every few days from China advertising famous bearings from SKF, Timken, etc. As an authorized distributor for these brands and others, I am alerting customers that the deal you think you are getting might be a counterfeit. Illegal bearing manufacturers deploy devious methods to fool end users. Thanks to today’s sophisticated technologies, unscrupulous manufacturers worldwide are producing very good copies of top brand boxes, increasing the odds that their counterfeit bearings will slip into legitimate industrial distribution channels. New low-quality bearings are re-labeled with false brand markings and put into imitation packaging that appears identical to the real thing.
Bogus bearings do more than tarnish the reputation of bearing manufacturers, they also represent an economic loss to the buyers.
Our advice is to only buy from authorized dealers like Sykes Supply and If you suspect that you may have purchased a counterfeit, contact the bearing manufacturer to report the problem.
Lastly, understand that if the price of a bearing is too good to be true, then it probably is. By attempting to save money on the initial purchase of a bearing product, business owners can often end up paying much more in repairs and downtime.