The rise of counterfeiting in the Indian electronics industry

In India, markets are flooded with different kinds of fake electronic products. You can easily find cheap grade counterfeit electronics items in famous markets like Nehru Place, Ghaffar Market in Delhi or Linking road in Mumbai. Besides these, there are numerous small shops and online portals which have become ideal for selling fake electronic products.

According to market reports published in the year, 2014 the counterfeit electronic market is growing twice as fast as general goods. With the deep penetration of the internet among the Indian consumer base, the largest share of fake products sold online is of electronics.

Counterfeit electronic products bring along a lot of problems like a risk to consumer’s life, tarnished brand image of the manufacturer, loss of taxes and much more. For example, a fake USB can lead to data loss and fake mobile batteries can explode without any sign.

Fake electronics also pose a risk to national security and defence establishments. Poor quality electronics used by the military can lead to lapses in national security and disastrous accidents.

There are two different types of counterfeit electronics products available in the Indian market. The first type includes the completely fake product (not manufactured by the original component manufacturer but have laser markings).

The second type is known as partial fake products (manufactured by the original component manufacturer but are remarked to show different functions). In this type, the counterfeiters use fake packaging instead of remarking the product.

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