Once again, I need a small batch of a very specific part for a small run of, in this case, a test board... and somebody else just bought the entire world's supply.
And the manufacturer is thinking about making more. The one-and-only stocking distributor has 20K pieces on order. 10K expected in early June.
Well... I guess this calls for searching the lab, to see if we have any left from the last batch of specimens.
We'll be needing hundreds in a couple of months, and, if all goes well, many tens of thousands next year.
Time to look for stock of the competitor's product.