> Amazon does not have the technical capability to determine what is genuine and what isn't.
You're not buying from Amazon. You're using Amazon's web shop service, but the transaction is between you and whatever third party seller you get stuff from. Same goes from eBay. People bitch and whine about Amazon and eBay all the time, whereas they only have complaints about third parties the conveniently forget about.
> even very large, reputable manufacturers have experienced counterfeit components in their supply chain
This wasn't for something as simple as FTDI chips. Cisco wasn't getting fake FTDI chips from DigiKey. In real life, this is superbly simple. DigiKey [and other major distributors] and Parallax get their FTDI chips directly from FTDI. Unless FTDI themselves ships them fake stuff, you won't have a problem.
I repeat my experience here: I've been buying FTDI chips for almost a decade, placing orders with DigiKey every month. I have thousands of them in the field, probably more than 10k by now. All the systems are updated to the latest drivers within months of their release, and I've not had any system get identified as a fake by the driver. Let's be serious: I've put zero effort into making sure I don't get fakes. I wasn't even thinking of a possibility of getting fakes. I just stuck to getting the chips from a reputable source that I knew was getting them straight from FTDI. That's all. If you can get such good results with literally no effort, I don't buy that anyone is at a disadvantage. It's nonsense on its face.
Sure, if you ask me FTDI could have generated a lot of positive publicity if they offered some sort of a program where they replace the fakes with the real thing for free (for a limited time, conditions apply, blah blah). While their PR sucks, their bottom line won't be affected by any of it. Again: the only people who bitch and whine about this are demonstrably not FTDI customers. Their past purchasing patterns are a good indication that they wouldn't be future FTDI customers either, since they'll be getting fakes from China in the name of "saving" money. I'm sick and tired of people who do stupid shit and whine about it.
Yeah, if you're buying stuff from China, or a US-based chinese releseller, on eBay, Amazon or Alibaba, you're bound to get fakes. News at 11.