More boxes marked Thailand/Malaysia/Philippines came today along with the latest Maxim IC Power Solutions journal! Apparently part of the order was shipped from South Asia and part was from USA.
Funnily enough these were sandwiched in two layers of firm antistatic foam while the earlier chips were only pressed into one. I can understand it for the SMD chips, of course, as they don't have legs to stand on. Oh, well. I even appreciate the foam.
These are actually worth a not inconsiderable sum. I'm liking Maxim even more! :-D