For the past Ten years (deleted), Inc. has earned a reputation for selling quality board level components:This is a growing problem, but this is the first time a vendor has actually stated this problem upfront in a promotion. As margins are squeezed, more and more counterfeit components are showing up. On someone's home PC this is no big deal, really. Your computer is toast, you buy another one for $400. Who cares. But how about on an airliner? What about a critical data center? Sub-standard, defective crap is not acceptable.
* We never stock pulls or parts from China.
This is not to bash the Chinese. They normally do a good job. But there is an extreme urge in the field of electronic components right now to cut costs. That means there is a buttload of mis-marked and defective stuff out there, and much of it will wind up in critical infrastructure. Be aware.