With so many items available you might wonder Why you don’t buy Buddhist Mala Beads on Amazon or Ebay. Almost all the Buddhist Prayer Bead Necklaces and Mala Beads you can buy on Ebay, Amazon or Etsy are low quality fakes and mass produced Chinese factories for 7-10 cents. Worse Buddhist Mala Bead Necklaces on Amazon or Ebay are being sold for $20-$50. This is mainly because these mass produced items, go though several redistributors reducing the quantity for sale and increasing the price before finally being sold by the end seller as Buddhist Prayer Beads.
When you are looking to buy Buddhist Prayer Bead Necklace or Meditation Mala Beads on Amazon or EBay, they usually look great in the photo’s and some sellers even have a high price, implying quality. Sadly however, more often than not, you are not getting a realistic representation of what you are seeing in the Photos.
The Main issues with Chinese mass produced items sold when you buy Buddhist Prayer mala on Ebay and Amazon are
a) Made from unknown wood and inconsistent (usually the cheapest that can be purchased at any given time). But sometimes harvesting rare native timbers from other countries.
b) Strung with elastic thread or fishing line which will stretch over a few weeks making them break.
c) Unknown wood’s are dyed for color with cheap stain that leaks over a short period of time and will stain clothing
d) Beads wax coated to make them sparkle and appealing at initial purchase
e) Often uses non-Buddhist related colorful gemstones or glass beads to appeal to the fashion minded.
Asian Street Markets are Flooded with Cheap Chinese Prayer Bead Mala
Sadly, even the street markets in many Asian countries are now selling Mala knockoffs to the unaware tourists, as easily as online entrepreneurs. Customers buying from these markets generally only find out the quality once returning from holiday. We found this out first hand when we visited many markets around Thailand, Nepal and Burma trying to source our Buddhist Mala. They ALL sold the same item imported from China in Bulk.
In the end, after talking with several Buddhist Monks about their Mala Beads, we at Monk Mala had to visit many remote villages where family generations where skilled at, and hand manufactured Buddhist Mala in small quantities as the local Monks and Village people wanted them.
This is not to say that all Mala made in China, or all Mala Beads found in markets or online are of questionable quality. BUT it is difficult to tell the difference just looking at photos online. This is one of the benefits of buying from Monk Mala – We are trusted enough by Monks to have them blessed for you.
Problems When you Buy Buddhist Mala Beads on Ebay or Amazon
It is important to remember that as in any wood working task; be it your home furniture, outside patio deck or Prayer beads – the methods used to make something look good, to compensate for cheap materials … soon fade away. Leaving you to look at or use what you really paid for in the first place.
In the photo above, you can see the great looking photos of what the product will look like when it arrives at your door. Then over time, a close up of how the beads begin to look as waxy coating, filler and shine is removed. The end result often very disappointing after you have already left your glowing review.
How does this Happen? Why you don’t buy Prayer Beads from Ebay or Amazon!
The short answer is Buddhist Prayer Bead Drop Shipping. Today, anyone can make a website, fill it with products with fake reviews and sell items they have never seen let alone touched or have any real interest in. There are thousands of courses online about getting rich fast and easy by finding a product and selling it on Ebay, Amazon, Etsy or from a website. This proclaimed easy way to riches is called Drop shipping.
Drop shipping is touted as a get rich fast and easily system, while never having to actually see or purchase the item you are going to sell.
If you are not aware of what drop shipping is, once you Google it (to find out), Google Ad’s will start to appear promising you too can get rich fast, with no money down by just buying this online course. Drop shippers get customers by advertising on Google, (and they advertise big time!) so once Google knows you have searched the term – Google will display these ad’s trying to sell you a course
Drop shipping has become such a large part of selling products online, for just over $100 you can buy computer programs that ask you for a product and it will create a whole website for you. Programs that automatically scraping (searching the internet and copying) products from several different sites such as Amazon and Ebay who offer commissioned reselling. This is one of the reasons what when you search to buy a Buddhist Prayer Bead on Ebay or Amazon – hundreds of different sellers will come up. Sadly almost zero of these sellers have ever seen the Buddhist Prayer Bead Necklace or Bracelet they have for sale.
The wonderful thing about Drop shipping (for those who do it) is that they never have to see the product, or even pay for it. It is purely a commissioned based reseller advert, where the order and the money (minus commission) goes directly to the real seller. All Drop shippers have to do is add a few products to their Amazon or Ebay accounts, pay a service to write a few dozen or hundreds of reviews for them and spend some money on Google adverting.
Not only do Drop Shippers primarily only care about selling products that receive the highest commission, the whole purpose is to have no ‘skin in the game’. This means if they find out they are selling bad products (from customer complaints, product returns, or real reviews) they simply close their accounts and find a new product to sell.
How to spot a real from cheap factory mass made mala when you buy Buddhist Prayer Bead from Amazon or Ebay
This is a difficult task to achieve when you can not physically feel and examine the product. However there are a few tell tale signs that will help you determine a product that is likely to be from a seller who is genuine about what they do, and someone after a quick commission dollar selling a 10 cent item for much more.
When making a Mala, the addition of a Tassel is a time consuming process compared to leaving the loose strings or a machine that adds a few beads and a knot. Sometimes an Asian looking disk or ornament is added to make the Mala appear more exotic.
If the Prayer Bead has a Tassel that is somewhat lacking … it is a clue that time and cost of making the Mala was taking preference over care and effort. It is likely that this is a knockoff product. Monks do not use knots in their Mala – they are something added to appeal to western customers.
The Prayer Bead Necklace Thread
Buddhist Prayer Beads traditionally used rolled animal wool, but now days special bead making cotton is used. Cheap knockoffs are made with elastic bands (to stretch to fit the wrist of the person) or sometimes with fishing line. If the Buddhist Mala is made with these cheaper threads, they will very quickly stretch and break during wear or use.
The Beads of A Buddhist Prayer Necklace
Real Buddhist Necklace Mala’s are made from simple and local materials, usually wood, seeds, stone and sometimes gemstones. Bracelets on the other hand are purely jewelry (they have only a decoration use and serve no spiritual purpose). If the Buddhist Prayer Mala has many different colored precious stones, or gems included in the design – they were probably assembled to appeal to fashion rather than serving a genuine spiritual purpose.
Sellers who have a range of colorful mala, with pieces of jewelry hanging from them – are probably selling fashion items that is derived from their collective spiritual concepts (or whatever the factory sells them) rather than a genuine Buddhist Prayer Bead. For the spiritual person looking at what is available, it is very easy to conclude that these items are real and used because of the vast amount of sellers providing them. They are not real Buddhist Prayer Bead Mala Necklaces and should be brought for what they are, pretty glass jewelry worn for fashion.
When looking for a genuine Buddhist mala you should look at the website of the seller. It should be pretty easy to spot if the seller has a real interest in what they are providing for the consumer; or just has a shop selling as many items as possible.
There are a few websites (including Monk Mala) that have photos and articles showing the real people who make the product range on offer for sale. Other online stores maybe sincere yoga practitioners who are making and selling what they refer to as “Inspired Jewelry”. Yoga Inspired Jewelry also serves a specific need, where a whole range of spiritual beliefs can be incorporated into the Mala, rather than just Buddhism by itself.
The Buddhist Prayer Necklace Reviews Amazon and Ebay
Reviews are a very helpful way of determining if both the seller and product is of high standard. It is also one of the most time consuming elements of Amazon and Ebays business practice – trying to determine and delete fake reviews.
The average person who makes a purchase online, does not take the time to go back once an item has been received to write a review. If a website or private seller on an auction website has just a few products but dozens of reviews – they are probably fake ones that where brought to create credibility. Just be aware as you read a few reviews if the actual items is mentioned or if the review is specific to the item. Most reviews are mass written and applied to multiply items.
The lack of a Physical Address
If you have a drop shipping store you can operate your business as you travel the world. In deed this is one of the major attractions for people who dropship. So it makes it difficult to have a registered address where you can be contacted in person should the need be required.
Real sellers of Buddhist Prayer Bead Necklaces, will have a physical location as well as a website. They are available and responsible for any problems or issues that might arise. After sales service is difficult if you brought your items that only exists on a laptop that is traveling the world. See if the seller is able to be found, is always a good idea no matter what you are buying.