EarthTron has Vicor Corporation VI-JN0-CY in stock.
Part: Vicor VI-JN0-CY
Stock: 73 pieces
Price: $105 ea
EOL notices spell bad news for any OEM that is still dependent on the part. If the part is no longer in stock through traditional distribution sources, purchasing agents are compelled to turn to other sources for their obsolete electronic components.
Most purchasing agents already rely on a trusted independent distributor for their electronic component needs. If you are looking at purchasing from a new distributor, here are some steps to follow. We use similar steps to vet new suppliers and buyers.
1) Verify the supplier's reliability and trustworthiness.
- Industry certifications. Independent distributors rely on several certifications to establish their reliability in the market for electronic components. These are some of the common benchmarks:
- References. Before agreeing to a transaction, a second great step is to ask for references.
- Run a background check. We use Dun & Bradstreet to trace the contact's history.
- Ratings. We rely on ratings from NetComponents or ICSource to establish reliability. In addition to good ratings, we also look at the number of ratings. If a company has only a few ratings (of which all are 5), chances are that someone close to the company has provided the ratings.
2) Check EOL notices to determine product termination dates.
Recently, we were in the market for an obsolete FPGA parts and noticed that one supplier was offering components with a date code of 13+. The Xilinx FPGA was issued an EOL notice in 2005.
3) Red flags
Is the supplier offering 12,000 pieces of a high-value obsolete component? This doesn't seem very realistic, especially if there's limited stock of the component.
This is the first step towards establishing rapport between the buyer and suppliers. Pictures of the part, packaging, pictures of the original COC or invoices are essential.
5) Locate the company using Google Maps.
We had a company contact us to sell some obsolete components. We mapped the location of the 'company' and noticed that it was a picture of a house in a suburban neighborhood.
6) Establish a connection through LinkedIn.
Does your contact have a LinkedIn profile stating their current place of employment? A picture? How many industry specific, reliable connections does he or she have?
7) Finally, check your contact's social media profiles, specifically Facebook.
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