July 2022

Trends & Resources

Business Trends: Non-OEM parts—Buyer beware

What is the harm in wearing a knock-off Rolex watch?

Boyle, B., Emerson

What is the harm in wearing a knock-off Rolex watch? It looks the same, keeps time, and if no one inspects it too closely, appears impressive. How about wearing a name-brand replica pair of jeans, or perhaps a counterfeit pair of top-tier athletic shoes? That might create some discomfort and even a blister or two, but the cost savings may more than compensate. Now, consider the ramifications of using non-OEM (original equipment manufacturer) airbags or brakes on your car. Would it be acceptable if passenger trains began using these types of parts to repair their braking systems? Suddenly, a non-OEM replacement part might be seen in a very different light. In some industries, such as aviati

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