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Just got an e-mail from Mouser that some parts I had ordered in the past were about to be discontinued (as obsolete) by the manufacturer.  

Few suppliers bother with this level of service.  

Peter Wieck
Melrose Park, PA  

Re: Mouser Electronics wrote on 6/22/2017 10:55 AM:
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Actually nearly all the top tier distributors do that.  I get notices when  
they change the way that install the chip in packages and all manner of  
similar notices from Digikey, Arrow and Avnet.


Rick C

Re: Mouser Electronics
On Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:55:33 -0700 (PDT), ""

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It's fairly common practice among the various distributors.  They
expect you to panic at the thought of having to redesign your product
for a different part.  You then purchase a huge number of the soon to
be obsolete parts, so that you're not stuck dealing with the greedy
obsolete parts jobbers.  In other words, the notice that the part is
about to become discontinued is a very effective sales pitch.

Jeff Liebermann
150 Felker St #D
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Re: Mouser Electronics
On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:19:43 PM UTC-4, Jeff Liebermann wrote:

 In other words, the notice that the part is
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Rick & Jeff:

By any standard, I am a onsie-twosie buyer, so this sort of notice is of in
terest to me as indicative of a level-of-service. I might buy 200 capacitor
s of a common value, or diodes (1-3 year supply, but sure to be used) so as
 to reach price-points, but other than those few things, I usually purchase
 in 10-or-less amounts, and then most purchases are task-specific. Put anot
her way, what I repair is personal, not-for-money, and not time-critical.

Peter Wieck
Melrose Park, PA

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Mouser's computer doesn't know that ...

Re: Mouser Electronics
On Thu, 22 Jun 2017, Andy Burns wrote:

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I would think they'd know from his order history.  They know he orders  
such things, but they also know the quantity.

It's a just a variation of what all the companies do.  Since they can keep  
track electronically, it costs virtually nothing to try to lure people  
into actually buying things.

So Amazon will send me email listing some things I've looked at recently,  
as if email will make me actually buy them.  One other company will note  
when I put something in my shopping cart, and send me email pointing the  
item out and "why not fill your order now?".  Some companies send a  
constant stream of email, yet really not offering me anything.  I like the  
ones from companies offering "free shipping, no minimum" from time to  
time, and every so often there are really good deals, but generally the  
flow of email is just to keep them in your mind.  They wouldn't do it if  
it required a phone call or paper mail, they do it because it's automated  
and cost pretty much nothing.

The odd thing is the companies that I've bothered to sign up with is in  
case the good deals come along, yet the constant badgering of email  
doesn't help one bit.  I'll order when I order, generic email isn't going  
to help one bit.


Re: Mouser Electronics
Jeff Liebermann wrote on 6/22/2017 2:19 PM:
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That is a bit of a cynical attitude.  Would it be better for them to *not*  
tell you in advance so that you end up placing an order only to be told the  
parts are discontinued?

Lattice did a rather unusual thing in that they set a last order data some 3  
years before the last delivery date, so you could schedule deliveries well  
in advance.  Arrow bought some 80,000 that I know of.  I was still shipping  
units but on a very erratic, completely unpredictable schedule so I waited  
and monitored the inventory.  By the time I needed parts the count had  
dropped to 78,000, so clearly they were not flying off the shelf.  My orders  
ramped up so I called for a quote.  I had so much money coming in I  
considered buying a significant supply of 5,000.  They still would not give  
me a decent price in spite of the fact that these parts just were not  
selling.  Good thing I waited.  I found out the products that my designs  
were going in were being EOL'd at the end of the year.  I would have been  
stuck with 5,000 pieces.

Arrow still has 72,000 pieces so unlike last year, I am not the only one  
buying them.  But they will be a decade selling them at the double and  
triple prices they are listed for now.


Rick C

Re: Mouser Electronics
On Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:55:33 -0700 (PDT), ""

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Great company. I've ordered regularly from them for 28 years without
them making one mistake.

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On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:55:40 AM UTC-4, wrote:
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I've had better luck with digikey and EOL warnings.  
But I order more stuff from DK too.  
(Newark never.)

George H.  

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