In the electronics industry and across the supply chain, counterfeit components are a hot topic as organizations struggle to make sure the components they are using as they manufacture electronic devices are the real deal. The problem of counterfeiting, though, has proven ubiquitous, and counterfeit electronic gadgets have become a reality.
A 2013 Anti-Counterfeit Study commissioned by Canon USA found that, though the reality of counterfeit goods is high, consumer awareness remains low. "Most American consumers are unaware of the full risks associated with these potentially dangerous devices," Chuck Westfall, technical adviser in Canon USA's professional engineering and solutions division, said in a press release. "Four in ten of the U.S. consumers surveyed don't know counterfeit consumer electronics can harm them, and this lack of awareness leads to what Canon calls a 'Confidence Trap.'"
Designer goods, such as handbags or clothes, are well known for being potentially faked, but users are less aware of the same problem with their cameras, PCs, and other electronics purchases. High-tech products were well represented on a USA Today list of most counterfeited products in the US. Computers and accessories and consumer electronics accounted for 11% of seized goods, USA Today found. Last year, US officials seized $145 million of counterfeit consumer electronics entering the country, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The infographic below summarizes the results of the Canon USA survey. Let's talk about the role that electronics OEMs, distributors, and contract manufacturers should be taking in addressing the issue of counterfeit electronic goods.
"I"m less optimistic. Especially in electronics, the average user isn't very technical and so they wouldn't know one product from another. Those of us hanging out in the technology world forget how much we know about this stuff compared to the average person."
Hailey, I meant exactly the same. End users are bothered only about certain parameters like functionality, finish, features, quality etc.
@Jacob, I"m less optimistic. Especially in electronics, the average user isn't very technical and so they wouldn't know one product from another. Those of us hanging out in the technology world forget how much we know about this stuff compared to the average person.
I read an article that said that many of the products from Alibaba are counterfeit. This highlights for me that reality that even a known source can be part of the counterfeiting problem. From CNN:
"Alibaba has been on a mission to rid its virtual shopping malls of counterfeit goods as it cleans house before a massive initial public offering. But industry experts and company executives say that fakes still flourish on Alibaba's popular platforms -- Taobao, Tmall, AliExpress, Alibaba.com -- and insist the company must do more to crack down on unscrupulous sellers."
"I feel consumers need to be educated and orientated about counterfeits. This can be done by companies that noticed that their products have been intimated and also by the Government."
Adeniji, consumers are end users and they won't act because they invested for the device/machine by outright purchase. All necessary measures has to e taken care from the sourcing point at the assembling point.
"A 2013 Anti-Counterfeit Study commissioned by Canon USA found that, though the reality of counterfeit goods is high, consumer awareness remains low. "Most American consumers are unaware of the full risks associated with these potentially dangerous devices,""
Hailey, eventhough they aware about this, the end customers can't do anything; because the precautions are taken care from the point where components are sourcing.
Some counterfeit goods are hard to identify, except you are well informed about it, you may nerver be able to differentiate them.
Moreover, some counterfeit goods are smuggled in one way or the other.
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