Christos Papakyriacou, managing director of independent electronic distributor Alpha Micro Components, has some advice on how to avoid purchasing counterfeit electronic componnents.
His first advice:
"Try to avoid buying from China, unless it is from a trusted source, it's our experience that this is where a lot of the counterfeit components originate from. In many cases payment is requested in advance. It is extremely difficult to get your money back if you have paid up front and unfortunately you will be stuck with the worthless counterfeit goods."
However, this sounds a bit too simple for my taste. Many counterfeit products were manufactured in China but are sold in other countries. And it's hard to find out were they products originate from.
Read Papakyriacou's article for Engineer Live here.