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Thanks to the ease of creating webshops, many manufacturers will sell parts to you directly at low cost! This can be cheaper and easier than Digikey, or Mouser especially in larger quantities. I do it myself all the time
OnSemi "On-semi is the nuts-and-bolts part of the old Motorola. For $11 they will send you around a dozen different part numbers. For the lower cost parts you can get 25 pieces. As the price goes up the quantity reduces." - http://www.luciani.org
Maxim IC Maxim is great, and now you can even buy direct! Watch out for the lead times, and you may have to sign an export form.
Linear Technology Linear Technology has some of the best integrated switcher chips available (IMO :P) and now you can buy them direct. Login required, but its simple to get. They carry some parts that DigiKey does not, mostly the newer ones. Prices are good and they even do price breaks when/if you want to order quantities of 100 or so.