I regularly spend 500+ with them and sometimes a couple grand (same with DK), but indeed its a good deal. We are a pretty tight knit group of DIYers here in AU so quite often if I dont have enough by myself we can throw in and then we only need to spring for the local distribution. otherwise we get ripped badly here for international shipping. before digikey started discounting it would not be unusual to spend $100 or more on the shipping for a decent order as they padd out the packages massively with wadding and separate bags for everything then boxes over that; plus they dont offer anything less than UPS or fedex express. if its a small order under the 200 at mouser its usually 35-45. we also do not pay duty/tax until a package is over 1000AUD.
locally suppliers are waaaay more expensive, sometimes on some parts up to 1000% but 250-300% is not unusual. so even a $100 order is often worthwhile to import. basically australian suppliers are shooting themselves in the foot.
Edited by qusp - 7/26/12 at 12:55am