Before I would resort to web scrapers again, I would want to see someone scrape mouser.com successfully for a week or so. They’re using Distil and I haven’t seen any people publicly claiming success at scraping of Distil-protected sites. And if you could, how long would that solution work? And how much effort are you willing to invest keeping your scrapers updated and running? Is that the best use of your resources?
I would rather have a service like Partinfo use their time/energy to get whatever info they can from public APIs, and use that to deliver value to the community. A service that provides part data without a great deal of effort will attract utility creators. More/better utilities will increase the size of the community. Eventually, distributors might give Partinfo increased access because they don’t want to be left out of that community.