I am brand new to EE/ECE. My understanding is that, with distributors, you do pay a premium on the parts you order from them, but bundled with that premium is some kind of protection against counterfeit/non-functional parts. Whereas, with the manufacturers, you get what you pay for, and sometimes that means counterfeit or only semi-functional parts.
As a noob, this piques my interest in several ways:
- What types of testing/QC do distributors do for you? Do distributors offer refunds or "we're sorry!"-type programs/services when they sell you bad parts, that manufacturers typically don't offer?
- Are there any online consumer reports comparing/contrasting reviews for distributors and manufacturers? Sure would be nice to get 3rd party testimonials before I start working with a manufacturer/distributor…
- What sort of recourse does one have if parts are found to be counterfeit or only semi-functional after some initial assembly/integration with other parts has already taken place?