It is pretty much clear that the buyers are more careful about purchasing components. The OEM's are careful about this to make sure they will not have last minute problem to build a prototype which is on real critical stage or a product which has already egun production. In anyways this is a good trend that buyers ready to spend extra cents for the guarantee.
Hi FScot: Mouser admits that it has to shield itself from its data being accessed, particularly in Asia where IP is handled differently than in the West. Several things that should ID a legit source from a FBN:
ECIA logo--the ECIA is a designation for authorized distribution only. You can source through the ECIA site: ECIAonline.org; or look for an ECIA endorsement on a distributor site.
Most legit distributors require registration and password proctection before accessing inventory and link to supplier sites. FBNs usually just list inventory.
Check out past ranking of Top 25 distrbutors on EETimes.com and EDN.com. The rankings identify authorized distributors (but only if they rank in the Top 25.)
Check out the Independent Distributors of Electronics Assoc. (IDEA) site: this is a list of independent distributors that adhere to strict rules regarding the handling of components and good business practices.
Check to see if the supplier lists a distributor as "authorized" on its site. Nearly every supplier I know does this.
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