Beware of counterfeit of Bourns Trimmers
RIVERSIDE, CA – March 26, 2003 – It has come to our attention that
counterfeit Bourns® trimmers are appearing in the marketplace in certain
countries. These counterfeit products are not manufactured by Bourns,
but illegally bear the Bourns® trademark. We have found counterfeit
versions of the following Trimpot® trimmer models, but there may be
others as well.
3006 3296 3386
The counterfeiters have worked hard to make these counterfeit
products difficult to distinguish visually from genuine Bourns®
products. We have found them packaged in a similar looking tube that
includes the Bourns® bar coding sequence and the counterfeit products
themselves are labeled with the Bourns® trademark, part number and
supposed plant of manufacture. However, when analyzed, these products
reveal a variety of assembly techniques and internal components that
differ substantially from genuine Bourns® trimmers. Customers have
reported experiencing degradation in performance after cycling the
counterfeit trimmers for a short period of time.
Buyers Need to be Beware!
While we will take action against any manufacturer of counterfeit Bourns® products that we are able to identify, counterfeiters go to great lengths to conceal their identity. Buying Bourns® products from unauthorized resellers poses a risk that the purchased products might be counterfeit. If customers want to be assured of receiving the quality and performance of genuine Bourns® products, they should buy only from authorized Bourns sources. Additionally, the Bourns standard product warranty applies only to genuine Bourns® products purchased through our authorized selling network.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of authorized Bourns distributors and representatives, customers can access the following link.
If anyone offers to sell you counterfeit Bourns® products, we would appreciate hearing from you. One obvious indicator of a potential counterfeit product is that the seller is not an authorized distributor or representative of Bourns and the asking price for the offered product is well below what authorized resellers typically charge for the Bourns® model.