Why is there sometimes a difference in inventory level data between the API and octopart.com?

Modified on Thu, 05 Jan 2023 at 01:59 PM

A difference between stock levels could be due to one of two reasons:

  • Distributor API: octopart.com will use live distributor offer data whereas the API uses data cached from regular feeds.

  • User country: octopart.com determines a user's country based on their IP address; whereas the API will default to "US" if the country is not specified.

Live distributor data can be sought through the API if explicitly requested.

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