yes when you buy resistors in any serious amount they come on tape rolled on a 10 inch or so reel (for though hole, theres different sizes for smd), its much easier to count out the tape and cut it off for small orders than manually removing each individual resistor from the tape.The entire point in having them in that manner is for automated placement machinesI personally dont remove them from the tape until I am ready to use them, and pulling them out just leaves you with leads gunked up with adhesive and bent, cut them at the tape, just like the machines do
Keep in mind that Digi-Key's (and all major distributors) primary customers are using machines. So don't be upset when they gear their products toward them.
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