When it comes to IT equipment, the cost of the components is only a part of the contract companies make with suppliers. In many cases, the support provided represents a significant proportion of the contract, and using non-genuine parts can violate these contracts. Support staff needs to ensure that they’re working with genuine equipment to use their time most effectively, and companies might not be able to provide proper support otherwise. Furthermore, using non-genuine parts can lead to various penalties, leaving companies having to pay far more than the cost of simply buying genuine components in the first place.
Not all computer components are made the same, and manufacturers of non-genuine parts might rely on components that lead to poor performance. Heat dissipation is essential for many components, and cheaper heat sinks and other parts might result in slower operation. These deficiencies are often difficult to detect, but they can cost companies money regarding wasted electricity and slower server operations. By buying genuine parts, companies can be assured that their components are built to high standards.
An even bigger risk of using non-genuine parts is risking other components in your system. Again, heat is a potential issue, as parts that run too hot can damage nearby components. Cheaper electrical components can also damage power supplies and other nearby parts if they create a short circuit. The money companies can save by using non-genuine parts is far less than the cost of a motherboard replacement. Even small design errors can create potentially catastrophic damage if a component catches fire, which is far more likely with cheaply made items.
Parts should be covered by a warranty, but non-genuine parts often lack robust protections if they fail. Reputable sellers, such as EMPR Group, offer prompt and reliable replacements if a failure is covered by a warranty, but less reputable suppliers might put up significant roadblocks or even refuse to honour the warranty as it’s written. Again, the money saved on the initial purchase of a non-genuine part simply isn’t worth the potential cost of having to replace it without warranty protection.
Counterfeiting is common in the IT field, and buying products from unauthorised sources can lead to using non-genuine parts that are labelled as genuine. While it might be tempting to save a bit of money using an unauthorised supplier, doing so can be risky. Ensure your vendor is authorised to sell genuine replacement parts before making a purchase.
Saving money is important when running a business, but it’s often worth spending a bit more for genuine parts rather than taking a chance with non-genuine components. Part of managing an IT system is ensuring that the company’s money is spent wisely, and purchasing genuine parts is always worth the expense.