Hi FScot: Mouser admits that it has to shield itself from its data being accessed, particularly in Asia where IP is handled differently than in the West. Several things that should ID a legit source from a FBN:
ECIA logo--the ECIA is a designation for authorized distribution only. You can source through the ECIA site: ECIAonline.org; or look for an ECIA endorsement on a distributor site.
Most legit distributors require registration and password proctection before accessing inventory and link to supplier sites. FBNs usually just list inventory.
Check out past ranking of Top 25 distrbutors on EETimes.com and EDN.com. The rankings identify authorized distributors (but only if they rank in the Top 25.)
Check out the Independent Distributors of Electronics Assoc. (IDEA) site: this is a list of independent distributors that adhere to strict rules regarding the handling of components and good business practices.
Check to see if the supplier lists a distributor as "authorized" on its site. Nearly every supplier I know does this.
It is pretty much clear that the buyers are more careful about purchasing components. The OEM's are careful about this to make sure they will not have last minute problem to build a prototype which is on real critical stage or a product which has already egun production. In anyways this is a good trend that buyers ready to spend extra cents for the guarantee.
One thing that I have seen over the years in Asia is that FBN's will use a name that is very similar to the actual distributors name. Sometimes, there is just a difference of a letter in the name and hence people confuse them with the actual distributors.
I also think only a handful of consumers actually check the suppliers site for official distributors. They usually rely on the word of mouth and local business guarantees.
I would believe there are a lot of buyers out there who want to make sure they are dealing with a legitimet company who can consistently deliver products at reasonable prices. I personally do research on any new site before I buy. I also look at their Google page ranking and check to see when the website was created. Helps to avoid getting scammed.
Barbara, you are right. Now a day’s companies are taking extra steps and cautions, while selecting their preferred partners and suppliers. They don’t mind to spend little bit extra for quality products from reliable sources. At the end of the cycle, the quality and reliability of products purely depends up on its components and workmanship. So for a better durability of the product, they are making filtrations based on certain parameters.
I was shopping for a hard to find DVD set when I found it on a website. The deeper I dug, though, the more suspicious I became that this was probably pirated. This program had never been released on DVD, there were no trademarks, and the site had no affiliation with any provider I had ever heard of. And this was for a $50 purchase. The stakes are a lot higher if you are designing your company's next big thing, so it pays to find a ligit source. I always add sites I like to favorites, so there is reward for vendors that do a good job.
"This program had never been released on DVD, there were no trademarks, and the site had no affiliation with any provider I had ever heard of. And this was for a $50"
Thats hilarious. When the website operators know that what they are selling is a rare commodity, they will get the price tags high. When someone needs material for developing something important for his/her organization and that is not available through legitimate sources, its upto them to decide between a tough choice, either to support piracy through that particular buy or either hamper the development process of a product for the organization. Many of us would choose option A, unfortunately.
“When the website operators know that what they are selling is a rare commodity, they will get the price tags high”
Waqas, that’s always not feasible. If the product is of good quality and from a branded company, then it’s fine, else nobody prefer for it. For online purchases, nobody can make sure about quality and features, unless and until it’s already in market.
Amongst many one important factor that still secures the market for the legitimate sellers is the established standard for after sales service. Many of the illegitimate sellers are good at selling cheap goods and delivering it within no time but often lack the ability of providing support after sales which is essential and which in turn affects their customer loyalty. Many people who intend to buy from legitimate sources know that the premium price they are paying is actually the price of after-sales support. So while ignoring legal issues, many legitimate sellers and distributors are able to win purely on qualitative grounds.
I think buyers have to conduct some due diligence before buying over the Web. Like the DVD I mentioned in a prior post, the fact that no one else had this item should have been a red flag. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. The issue of after-sales support is a big one, as well. Suppliers will not honor a warrantee unless buyers can prove they bought products through authorized channels. That's a big consideration when you are designing components into mission-critical systems.
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