The chip crisis is now an endless plague, most hardware manufacturers are desperate and do not see the end of the tunnel, there is still a year to recover from last year’s requests, and perhaps the delay will be resolved in a couple of years.
This does not mean, however, that they are justified in taking advantage of user misinformation, or of good faith when they buy from “TRUSTED” channels. For legal reasons I will not be able to name companies or specialized sites that use this incorrect system, but what I can do is at least warn you of these unfair practices.
We all, more or less, have a difficult time, thought about buying pc components at a good price on Chinese sites, and this with the awareness of running into a kind of small scam, or always aware of receiving non-quality goods, but all this has always been in foresight and in total knowledge of the risk we were running.
However, the chip crisis has also hit large distributors and manufacturers, who found themselves in the situation of no longer having “credible” and trustworthy supply channels, or without raw materials to restart production, using practices bordering on illegality.
There are currently two unfair practices:
- the first is recycle old chips from the material returned or used
- the second is resort to the replacement of super-performing components, with components of other inferior manufacture
All with a nice brand new repackaging with the name of the “famous” and super loyal brand. But you can immediately ask “how do they do with reviews? Nobody notices it? ” Or “are we sure they didn’t do it before the chip crisis?”
Chip Crisis: Was the Press the First Victim?
Here comes the best! Practically the correct version is provided to the specialized press, to have it subjected to every kind of test and to release the positive feedback, subsequently the reseller sites are supplied with the weakened version and worse still, less resistant to wear.
So you, super confident of the purchase made by your favorite channel, you will not notice anything and you will hardly discover the cause of the performance slump, perhaps attributing it to other components or even to yourself. You will always be able to return the item according to the policies of some distribution channels, but you may encounter the return and exchange of the same type of device, and if the problem persists, you will be even more convinced that the problem lies elsewhere.
This practice it is even partially covered legally, as manufacturers are not required to specify the exact components and their origin, and as regards the performance declared by the sites, it will be sufficient to introduce the formula “up to 3000 / kbs” or “4k up to 120 fps”. With “up to” you don’t set a performance standard, and if that requirement isn’t met, you can’t complain.
To answer the second question, the chip crisis may not be a temporary bubble, nor can we be sure that this was not applied even earlier, we just don’t know anything. What is certain is that currently many manufacturers are adopting this method, and we certainly cannot name names until the competent bodies finish their investigations, and take serious action against these practices.
What I can tell you is that one method to avoid being subjected to this type of semi-illegal scam is check with specific benchmarks, any type of peripheral purchased, and if it does not meet the requirements you imagined, return it immediately with a full refund, without asking for a replacement. Maybe when the chip crisis is over, you could try to make the purchase again, but always repeating the tests.
Unfortunately in conclusion, even if the news is denied by almost all the companies involved, the prudence is never too much, and in the event that something you have already purchased does not meet the need you had set for yourself, check and double-check until you are exhausted, is in case, if possible, return it.