I was probably eight to ten years of age when I first learned that gem of wisdom: Let the buyer beware. I look around today and I don’t see much evidence that buyers are aware of that truth. A cursory look at a product’s specs and a quick check of the price and, bang, the purchase is complete.
However the wisdom of “let the buyer beware” still holds true. In our own industry, fall protection, I think about buying retractable lanyards. ANSI has established two classes of retractables to protect life. As a buyer you need to understand the difference. It is truly a matter of life and death.