Crowdsourcing the Counterfeiting Problem

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   4/18/2014 8:30:24 PM

@Aimee, welcome to the EBN community. We're glad to help get the conversation started.

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aimeejune   4/18/2014 4:15:26 PM

Hi, Jesse. I'm the editor of TGBN and, yes, the exchange of data and information can be an incredibly useful tool when it comes to sharing experiences with suppliers. The one-to-one exchange between peers or colleagues in an email or a phone call simply doesn't scale. Only a few benefit. The "one-to-many" concept behind community allows everyone to benefit. That's why we incorporate a Ratings & Review system (Bizarrevoice) into TGBN so that members could rate and review suppliers. To our friends in the non-electronics world, we say "think Angie's List meets". Buyers connect with other buyers and rate and review suppliers. 

There are plenty of great organizations creating standards and educating about best practices to prevent counterfeiting (this publication included!). Some of them have extensive lists of good suppliers. We strongly support all those organizations and their efforts. But access to that information can be limited and, worse yet, not all buyers are aware of what these organizations are trying to do. With the Supplier Directory on TGBN, we are allowing buyers to see for themselves who the good, the bad, and the ugly are based on the members reviews. 
We don't pretend this is a silver bullet. It's just another weapon in the arsenal.

I'd be happy to share more with you at any time. We recognize that this is a unique concept and we are anxious to educate. We are especially anxious to do our bit -- along with our participating members -- to help take the gray out of the gray market. 

Since we just recently launhced, we are still populating our Supplier Directory. Feel free to contact us regarding any suppliers you don't see there yet and we'll get them listed promptly.


Aimee Kalnoskas
editor-in-chief, TGBN.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   4/18/2014 12:25:49 PM

Thanks, Jesse. We look forward to hearing your thoughts once you've reviewed it. Like you, i believe that collaboration is going to be an important part of solving or at least mitigating this problem. Let us know what works and what doesn't!

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jesse_securecomponents   4/18/2014 11:26:15 AM
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Hailey - thanks for sharing this. I am all for the exchange of data and information. I need to explore the site a bit more and better understand how the supplier rating system works before I determine how useful a tool it is.

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