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    Mouser search filter !#$%

    The problem I have with the Mouser search filter is that while it LOOKS convenient and DOES have a good layout and function, someone isn't putting all the inventory in there or some things are misfiled. Many times (very many) I'll bluntly narrow a search to find a part I KNOW exists and it just won't be there. Then, when I narrow by MFG and put the part series in the search box, there it is like magic. In stock and ready to ship.

    The trouble with this flaw comes when I'm searching for a new thing I haven't needed before. You HOPE such a search filter will help you to choose. But it can't because options are missing. Recently it was a particular inductor. I knew Bourns made an inductor series like what I wanted, but THAT series isn't in the search filter. Knowing this happens I had to research on line to find the part series and then plug it into the mouser search box to see if they actually carried it. They do. And it's in stock and I can order it from them. It's misfiled or something in the search filter though. So if I were taking the search filter at it's word I would have believed that part wasn't an option.

    Sorry to go on about it, but it happens all the time. I know there's a $h!t ton of part numbers and applications and I'm glad it's not me organizing that search filter. And obviously they HAVE TO have it because that's just how it's done, BUT... There's no point in having the damn thing if it's that flawed. Fix it or change it or drop it. It doesn't work well the way it is.
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    Did you inform Mouser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Phillips View Post
    Did you inform Mouser?
    Well... No I just assume they must know. I suppose an email isn't hard to write.
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    I feel your pain. I've gotten parts from Mouser and written instructions on how to find them again on the plastic bag. Notes like "search under xyz" or "this 1/4" phone jack listed as RCA plug." But as you say, I'm glad it's not me organizing that search filter. Where do you find people knowledgeable enough to pull all the pertinent data from different manufacturer's data sheets who are also willing to do that mind-numbing tedious task? To make a comparison, I find incorrect unit pricing on grocery shelves all the time. And dividing a price by a unit is a lot easier than decoding an arbitrary 20-something character manufacturer's part number.

    So the question is, who has a better search filter? Unfortunately, for most components, I haven't found any competitor who does a better job than Mouser.

    But I have found one exception. Say you wanted to put together a personalized collection of E12 series 1/4W metal film resistors. Using Mouser's search filter, it would take about a week, you'd be forced to buy several different brands, and you'd find that they had no (for example) 10Kohm resistors in stock. For that particular purchase, I went with Tayda, of all places:
    Save time Easy Ordering Page for 1/4W 1% Resistors
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    Oh, yeah! That's the other thing. I may be using a particular, say, capacitor brand and series for a build so, of course, I'm punching them off the list provided by the search filter, right? But all the values may not be there!?! So you can examine the part number for another value and kludge the value you want into the part number, plug THAT into the search box and TA DA. There it is. So, like I said. If you didn't know better or how to check it you'd have to think Mouser just doesn't distribute THAT value of THAT part.
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    Oh hell. I just went to Mouser to tell them what's up and did the same search I did yesterday... And my damn inductor came up this time! WTH? I wonder if there's just some sort of upload errors that can occur for different reasons. I didn't boff the search yesterday either. Real simple... choose fixed inductors, value 100mH, Bourns. Then I looked through the options. Not there yesterday, there today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    I just went to Mouser to tell them what's up and did the same search I did yesterday... And my damn inductor came up this time! WTH?
    Maybe the IT staff at Mouser noticed your complaint and improved their search? Sometimes . . . things DO improve over time. For instance today I started a shopping cart at CE and found to my delight, now I can enter part numbers in their search window and it actually takes me to that part, instead of boggling and going nowhere which is what it did for the last several years.

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    That is one thing Mouser has been doing for years. On request the site will attach your prior ordered parts to a shopping list so you can quickly access duplicates. IDK. I was just ranting above. You take the good with the bad.
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    I called Mouser last year for a catalog and the woman proudly proclaimed they haven't sent them out in years. So I get on my phone and the site is illegible. Zoom in and it's impossible to read. When they paid for the site to be set up isn't anybody responsible to check and see if it even works?
    But I'm just some guy who can't even afford a computer and has only bought a few hundred dollars of stuff over the years so who cares.
    If you think their search filters are the bottom of the barrel, give up and go to one of their competitors. Incompetent arrogance is the new hip.

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    I don't have any problem with it. Whenever I encounter a "hidden" part, I usually find one of the other qualifiers I had previously set was what was hiding it.


    In fairness, the online catalog pages look like the print ones. Their catalog is not aimed at a guy on his phone riding to work. If you open it on a real screen, even a laptop, the pages are readable and zoomable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ric View Post
    If you think their search filters are the bottom of the barrel, give up and go to one of their competitors. Incompetent arrogance is the new hip.
    Well sure, there's THAT. But, but... I've been shopping with Mouser since before the internet. You had to mail orders or place them by freeking phone. Their catalog was about the size of a magazine rather than a metropolitan phone book. If I didn't feel like waiting for shipping I could drive from San Jose to their distribution house which was in Gilroy at the time.

    I know it's probably not any of the same good dudes that ran the old outfit and it's all just chilly cyber commerce now. But I sometimes put the "mental" in sentimental.

    Regarding the catalogs, I had to call them to get them to stop sending me three or more a year. When they were growing their on line business they sent out a new catalog whenever there were enough changes from the old one. I had so many I could have bricked a walk way with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    If I didn't feel like waiting for shipping I could drive from San Jose to their distribution house which was in Gilroy at the time.
    And you could pick up a supply of garlic while you made that trip to Gilroy. Now Mouser's in El Cajon, right next door to the Taylor guitar factory.

    Sometimes I phone in a Mouser order, and usually the order taker is on the ball & friendly. I've occasionally been offered discounts, also alternate parts when the ones I'm seeking are out of stock or obsolete. Occasionally, the order taker I get is grumpy & clearly not cooperative. Wonder what's going on with that? Within the last year I'm tending to order via computer.

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    I guess I've been lucky with Mouser, I do like the feature on Digikey where you can download a 500+ search result as an Excel file and then do your own sorting. I regularly do this to get things like the $/lumen and other custom variables for LEDs etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    Oh hell. I just went to Mouser to tell them what's up and did the same search I did yesterday... And my damn inductor came up this time! WTH?
    Maybe something to do with cookies? Some sites typically display recently viewed and/or purchased items at the bottom of the page. IIRC, Mouser lists something like "Customers who bought that widget also bought these doodads".
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