What about when the supplier in question is NOT one of your regular suppliers?
Beware of not falling into this trap because there is a good chance that these are counterfeit products. And if so, today, they are likely to be impeccably made and almost indistinguishable from genuine items!
For this reason, it is essential to meticulously investigate the supplier in question to ensure that both the company and its offers are legitimate.
Let’s look at a typical example: you need a component like CY91F467DBPVSR-GS-UJE2 by Cypress, STM32H755IIK6TR by STMicroelectronics or MK26FN2M0VMI18 by NXP, but none of the major official sources will have it in stock for several weeks, or months.
So what do you do?
Almost anyone in your shoes would turn to the internet in search of a distributor who may have the chips in stock. We all know how quick and easy it is to set up a website that looks professional, so consider how simple it is for a counterfeiter to do so and create the impression of having stock that does not exist. Moreover, chip prices are as high as they are, so there is a massive incentive to manufacture and market fake chips.
So what do you do when your online search produces a list of companies you have never heard of, or have only come across rarely?
How can you be sure which of them are legitimate and which are not?
By finding an independent distributor who knows all the legitimate overseas operators!
As a result, you can avoid this time-consuming and tedious, yet necessary, analysis.
At Electronic Partner, getting to know our supplier partners and continuously seeking out new, reliable companies has been our obsession for over two decades!
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