Quoted from inhomearcades:
Do not know if it has been mentioned or not in this thread but I received my chips from the ebay link. In my package it gave a website where you can buy direct and pay with paypal for protection.
Price breaks can get this down to 3.73 each.
Has anyone determined that these are not a good option yet?
I cannot comment directly on the part you link to but I can share my experience with you about UTSOURCE. I know it has been posted that they are known for selling counterfeit parts but I have used them for a number of different semiconductors over the last couple of years and have always received "working" parts. Can't tell you if they are re-branded or other, just that they worked as required. Also, here are details of a transaction I had with them:
On December 10th of 2014, I purchased some FM16W08 SOT package ram. They had them at an unbelievable price of only $1.20 for a quantity of 16. So, I placed a purchase.
The next day I received an email indicating that the supplier they were using was "sold out" and the new supplier required $4.00 per unit.
I referred them to their current EBay listing where they were still offering to sell 10 pieces for $29.33.
They replied saying they could sell them to me at $2.933 each. Since this was still a good deal to me, I agreed and sent them the balance they requested.
I received my 16 pieces promptly and they were all good. Shipping for 16 pieces was $2.60 and they arrived in under 2 weeks.
Looking at their current Ebay listing price, they are now at $32.50 for 10 with a whopping $2.00 for shipping. Their website currently lists them for $4.33 each or $3.22 if you buy 10. So, always check their Ebay listings before placing your orders. But it appears they seem to match up pretty well now. I think they sell under 2 names, one of which is HKUTSOURCE.
Compared to their website pricing of $5.83 for 10, you can get them for $48.67 shipped off ebay which is basically their price for 11 on their website:
I wouldn't hesitate to order 10 from them but would not risk buying 100 of them until you got and used the smaller batch first.