[sdiy] Digi-Key (was: Re: low input bias current opamps)

Colin Hinz music-lists at primus.ca
Wed Aug 15 20:03:48 CEST 2018

On Wed, 15 Aug 2018, mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Aug 2018, mark verbos wrote:
>> Why does anyone like Digikey? Is it a Canadian thing? I also hate their
>> search system.I use Mouser for almost everything. They usually have the best
>> price and the search engine is very usable. 
> I rarely buy from Digi-Key because I don't like their overzealous efforts
> to enforce their interpretation of US export control laws.  However, I
> prefer their parametric search over anybody else's.  Mouser, for instance,
> has no data dictionary and badly needs one - e.g. some resistors recorded
> as "1/4 W" while others are "250 mW" (other examples of the problem are
> harder to deal with, but that's an easy one to describe), so that in
> general when doing a search you have to read the whole long list of
> options and flag all that might possibly be relevant.  Newark element14
> has too many wasted clicks and annoying pop-ups.  No major distributor's
> parametric search is really pleasant to use but I've had least annoyance
> with Digi-Key's.
> -- 
> Matthew Skala

US export control laws? I don't recall running into that whenever I
order from Digi-Key. Can you please elaborate?

- Colin (in Toronto)

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