One item we have discussed a lot lately is Vulture Capitalism in Supply Chain. We specifically observed this during the past two years of the Electronics Component Supply Chain Crisis.
While most companies struggle with sufficient supply through authorized channels, there still remains a somewhat ample supply through secondary markets (component brokerage).
What's different this time around:
- Most 'available' brokerage supplies (Genuine OEM products) have brand new 2021/2022 manufacturing date codes but come without traceability information (labels are manually blacked out), so the product cannot be traced by the original component OEM.
- Many of the components are offered at and sell at insane prices. We have seen and confirmed with colleagues in the industry that some sell at upwards of 50x the typical price.
So where does this literally brand-new manufactured supply, now offered at insane prices, come from? We have a few theories but would love to hear from you.
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