An interesting article popped up recently on CRN about how Cisco battles the supply of Gray Market gear. Read the article here.
It serves as a reminder that in these times of limited supply, that if a company selling gear says it's 'in stock' when other genuine partners are quoting a lead time - it may be gray market equipment.
Gray market products, gear sold legally outside the brand’s permission by unauthorized dealers as well as fake and altered Cisco products, are undercutting legitimate business for solution providers to the tune of $1.2 billion a year.
There is also a lot of second hand, or worse stolen gear that is still tied to some other company's dashboard floating around. Cisco won't offer warranty on this gear if it fails, as the warranty sits with the original end user only.
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