Buying Electronic Parts

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Buying Electronic Parts

Postby Captain_Crunch » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:54 am

Do you have a favorite online electronics retailer? I've been buying a lot of stuff from Radio Shack lately (locally), but their prices are ridiculous. I don't always like to order from Hong Kong online, because shipping takes forever. And, I don't yet have a US online retailer that I particularly like.

Just stuff like PIC boards, leds, resistors, wires, etc.

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Postby ThePyroElectro » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:39 pm

Newark, DigiKey, National SemiConductor are good for discrete components.

Microchip has a list of distributors//manufacturers you can buy from on their website.

PIC boards are all over the place. The one I get is made by Olimex which is a manufacturer in hungary (i believe). Olimex has two main distributors in the US (also in other countries), sparkfun.com is one in the US.

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Postby Captain_Crunch » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:41 pm

Awesome thanks, I'll have to check some of those places out today. I've fresh out of LEDs after a project last night.

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Postby ThePyroElectro » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:45 pm

Bulk LEDs can be bought off E-bay for often cheaper prices than from the manufacturers,...just an fyi.

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Postby Captain_Crunch » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:00 pm

Ya, that is what I did last time, but Hong Kong is quite a ways away. I should probably stock up on them so I don't get caught in a bind like I am today.

Last time I ordered from a Hong Kong seller on eBay, he enclosed a 1 page handwritten personal letter thanking me for my business and telling me how excited he was to see the Olympics in his country. haha, very friendly, so I'll probably order from him again.


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