So what I’ve been doing to help avoid these unexpected charges is just add a note to my order when I check out. I’ve received about 5 orders now, all very carefully packaged, all making the best use of space – and best of all – no more huge shipping charges! Woot! Now I’m saving about $30 an order.
…another tip with mouser – if you’re spending more than 150 or so, choose UPS ground. they’ll often upgrade it to 3 or 2 day air if you spend over (150? 200? 300? not sure precisely)
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Mouser also gets points for, IMO, having a better web interface. I like, for example, that you can reset individual fields within the search boxes, and the way it displays “# remaining”, though sometimes this number is deceptive.
Also, using Mouser makes me feel like I am playing Super Mario Bros. 2 instead of doing work.
I generally select a shipping method, but always add “cheapest shipping possible” and they are usually attentive to that, unlike Newegg, who always blatantly ignores it. If I get a small parts order, it’s generally only about $3.90 and they ship it USPS. I don’t really care if they track it since the package is going across town through the same main post office in Dallas. That being the case, I’ve never tried cash and carry with them, and don’t know if it is even an option, but at $3.90, it’s cheaper to have it shipped than what gas would cost to drive to Ft. Worth (Mansfield) and back.