Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart
business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequenc-
es of using grey market products can result in more expensive fixes and downright dangerous outcomes.
Authorized distributors are trustworthy, but sometimes a product is too expensive or the distributor doesn’t
even offer the product. That’s when designers turn to less reputable sources and roll the dice.
What causes you to go outside of the
authorized distribution channel?
Has an issue with counterfeit components
caused your company to cut ties with a distributor?
I only order from authorized distributors
Have you ever had an issue
with counterfeit components?
46% 54% YES NO
When did you find out that
the component was a counterfeit?
On average, how much time do you
lose each year due to counterfeit components?
WhenIopened theboxAfteritwason theprototype Inproduction Afterproduct launch Other
1-2 weeks 51%
9% 2+ weeks
designed by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director
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