ADI's 'Elves' Selling Direct on Amazon

Author: IPVM Team, Published on May 15, 2017

Buy from Amazon, get delivery from ADI. What?

Recently, we bought a part from Amazon and the shipment came from ADI. We dug into the relationships involved and found 'elves' making this happen.

In this note, we examine the details of the operation, the pros and cons plus feedback from ADI.

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******** ***** ** * ***-****** ******* *** ** **** *** have ****** ** ****** **** *** (***** ** ********* *****), what ** *** *******?

*****' ****** (*** *****) ****** ******* **** ****** ******* *** cost *** ***-**** *******.

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* **** ******* *** ***** ****** (*****) ** * ********* Vista ***, $***.**. ****'* ******** **** **** ** **** ** ADI **** * ***'* *** ****** * ****, ***** ** seldom. *******, * ******* ****** *** * ***** *** ***.** for $**.**. *** ************ ****** * ******, ** ***, ********* a ***** **** * ******, ***, *******, *****, ****, *** the **** ** *** ***** ******* *** ****** *****.

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***, *** ********** ** ********* ** ******* ***** **** **** *** ***:

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*** ****** ***** ********* **** ** ******** **********. *** **** they ***** ** ******* **** * ****** ********, **** ** ADI *** *********** *** '** ***'* **** ******', *** ***** direct ***** ** * ******* *** **** ******.

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