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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 consequences 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.

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