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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by William Sommerwerck, Mar 30, 2012.

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  1. I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
    and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

    Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
    First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
    parts Wednesday.
     
  2. Jon Danniken

    Jon Danniken Guest

    Nice, thanks for the information William. I always ordered from Mouser for
    this very reason, now I can consider DK a viable source for small purchases.

    On a not entirely unrelated note, I was saddened to see that my local parts
    store, NORVAC Electronics, is no longer in business (just an empty building
    with "CLOSED" on the door). They were the last electronics store here in
    Eugene, and were a reliable source of heat shrink tubing, discreets, NTE
    components, and crimping terminals (among many other items). It was nice to
    be able to pop down there in the middle of a project when I needed a few
    extra items, and they will be missed.

    Jon
     
  3. Jon Danniken

    Jon Danniken Guest

    I wish that was the case. I called the local number and got a voicemail
    message from the manager (I recognized his voice), left in February, stating
    they were beginning their "going out of business liquidation sale."
    Calling the Beaverton store (up by Portland) retrieves a similar message
    left yesterday, so it appears that the entire company has gone belly up.

    I do remember a conversation with one of the employees last year, in which
    he mentioned that business was slowing down, so perhaps this had been in the
    works for awhile.

    Jon
     
  4. My point was more that Digi-Key was now willing to take small orders without
    a surcharge, and ship them inexpensively. But that's incredible service. I
    suspect Digi-Key does enough business in GB that it can ship its daily order
    "in bulk", and has a local agent that handles splitting it up and getting it
    out.

    One of the reasons Digi-Key had the part you wanted is that D-K (not to be
    confused with the British publisher) started its business by carrying
    specific ranges of products (rather than a company's entire line) in depth.
    If you wanted a particular kind of Panasonic capacitor, and D-K stocked that
    range, you were virtually assured of it being available when you ordered. By
    expanding one range at a time, D-K kept its reputation for availability. D-K
    is almost always the first place I look for name-brand parts.

    When it comes to Chinese "junk", take a look at monoprice. It has
    decent-quality stuff at prices that will have your jaw hanging.

    By the way, in the US a "slider" is a White Castle hamburger. The name
    apparently derives from their small size -- they slide right down your
    gullet.
     
  5. they slide right out too, usually faster than they go it. I suspect
    they're cooked in castor oil.
     
  6. Guest

    On Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:35:57 -0700, "William Sommerwerck"

    <SNIP
    And keep right on sliding...

    PlainBill
     
  7. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    and out the other end in short time ! :)

    Jamie
     
  8. Now, if they would just make it so I can use their website!

    I didn't have any particular problems. I used the dynamic catalog to locate
    what I wanted, then placed an order.
     
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