1) I know what OEM stands for, It's original equipment manufacturer, but what does that mean? For example: Foxconn makes Thunderbolt cables but before Apple puts their logo on it, it's an unbranded Foxconn product or "OEM", since they were the original manufacturers... Right? 2) Is OEM is just a fancy way of saying it's generic? The reason I ask, is because I'm trying to figure out if THESE THUNDERBOLT CABLES I found on eBay are "genuine" Apple products or generic crap that will break in a week. I need to buy 15 of them so I'm trying to minimize cost. Here is another guy selling "Genuine OEM Apple Thunderbolt Cables", but they look like they're in the original box. This bring made to my third and final question: 3) How do OEM products find their way into the marketplace? Did they fall off the back of a truck?