I'm finding for some SMD components such as MLCC(Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitor)s. I tried to find both inexpensive and regularly-sized(which in my words this mean 'comfortable to solder with my hands', for example 2012 or 3216 size, all mm units) capacitors, but they weren't cheap and the price was so unreasonable.
For example, suppose I buy a 2.2uF MLCC(regardless of the dielectric characteristics). In the size of 1608, I can buy some relatively cheap one, however in the size of 2012, they were too expensive(instead they were supplied with a Reel unit).
This is so frustrating because my country doesn't have MLCC makers, of course, paradoxically, Samsung does(their factory is not in Korea, so shipping fee is very expensive and I'm working for the project in my University).
I feel that this question is more alike to economics, however in my experience price and parts selection is important in engineering so I want to know.. why generally smaller size in MLCC is relatively cheap? Is it hard to make MLCCs relatively bigger than the 1608 one? Or, is the cause 'the buyers want to buy a reel unit rather than a private component'?