Best online places for automotive connectors and terminals

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Needed to add some lights and accessories to an Explorer Police car and wanted to use the factory style connectors. Been down this road before with other brands so didn't even check with Ford, since even if they were available (good luck the parts guy can find it) they would likely be $30-$40 a single connector and $1-$2 a terminal. Checked this one connector for example, https://octopart.com/33471-0401-molex-8644680 with the following online companies,

Arrow
DigiKey
Heiland/ICC
Mouser
Newark
Waytek

Since it was a small $20-30 order I primarily looked at the shipping charges. Neither Waytek or Heiland would ship USPS and wanted $15.50 to $20 to ship Fedex or UPS. Scratch that. Most of the others do have the first class shipping options and I went with DigiKey as they had everything in stock and $5 shipping. Anybody suggest other places they have bought from?
 
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What about this place?


But on second thought...they are quite expensive...
 

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What about this place?


But on second thought...they are quite expensive...
HUGE rip off place.

They sell this connector https://connectorexperts.com/i-30762617-fog-lamp.html for $87 that Mouser has for one buck https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetai...ch3amjGO7qOR8980_FmL0S6M4dDhVQFRoCJXwQAvD_BwE
 
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connector experts and find pigtails are awesome for oddball stuff and need it right now stuff but they are expensive. Mouser is my go to if I know what I am looking for. Ford I usually just order in Motorcraft because the motorcraft numbers for the pigtails are in the connector end view information in service info. Anything I would save buying in pieces from mouser etc would cost more in time figuring out what I need that would need to be billed out anyway so its a wash to the customer
 
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I just searched the numbers on the connector and found it at Mouser in 5 minutes.
thats 11 dollars worth of my time at my shop rate. That connector in your mouser link costs me 19 bucks in Motorcraft and it comes with terminated leads. Theres times its worth it, thats not one of them
 
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