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  1. tomhoo

    tomhoo Guest

    I love their selection but when you look at their minimum purchase $5
    fee, you end up paying $12 extra for a small order when you consider

    Mouser is good but they have a lot of stuff, particularly capacitors
    that are 100 pcs minimum. Newark the same problem.

    There are other online companies that don't have on-line catalogs that
    may be good, but does anyone know of any in particular?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    I've ordered from All Electronics several times, and AFAIK there's no
    minimum order.

    Not affiliated, just a satisifed customer.

  3. Guest

    They also have a toll-free number and some very clever individuals
    well able to find obsolete equivalents. I have been using them for

    Peter Wieck
    Wyncote, PA
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    He already listed Mouser as one of the places he uses.

    I'll second All Electronics. Electronic Goldmine is good too, as can be
    Ebay, of course with any of those three, the stock is mostly surplus so you
    can't always get what you need but when you can it's usually cheap.
  5. Guest

    Have you used Mouser's 800 number? They have always pulled onesies-
    twosies when I asked and when in stock. The minimums tend to apply to
    non-stock items that they would have to bring in just for you.

    In one case (with Mouser), they e-mailed me later when such an item
    was requested by some other buyers and asked if I wanted to piggyback
    (but I had to buy 25... no hardship in this particular case).

    Peter Wieck
    Wyncote, PA
  6. Petraman7

    Petraman7 Guest
  7. GregS

    GregS Guest

    Right now, I get free shipping from Allied, and no minimum, but this applies to me
    only. It works for me. Mouser is pretty good for small orders. Credidt card orders
    is usually the problem with small orders, in using a minimum set point. PO's used to
    be a problem, but most companies I use have backed off minimums. I also
    used to get free shipping from Newark, used to.

  8. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I use Futurlec for most of my parts. The cost for a normal order for me
    is about 4.50 US with no minimum. The base the shipping cost on the
    dollar amount.

    I have had very good experience with them for years.

    - Tim -
  9. Depends on what sort of parts. For common stuff, I use Jameco but beware of
    their shipping charges when everything in the order doesn't come from the
    same warehouse. That is annoying. They will charge you something like an
    additional $6 to ship a 10 cent capacitor if it's from a different warehouse.

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  10. CJT

    CJT Guest

    Sometimes is good.
  11. JR North

    JR North Guest

    Don't know where you are, but there are still a sprinkling of small,
    local electronics part houses here and there where you can snag just a
    few pieces. Check the phone book.

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  12. GPE

    GPE Guest

    Just make sure the parts you buy from them are not counterfeit....

    Speaking from experience...
  13. Al

    Al Guest

    I use Jameco.

  14. m kinsler

    m kinsler Guest

    There are other online companies that don't have on-line catalogs that
    I have had exceptionally good luck with All Electronics over the
    years. Their merchandise typically exceeds its catalog descriptions,
    and they ship quickly. Some of the items are surplus, which means
    that they don't always have everything you need, but for most common
    parts they do a marvelous job. The other stuff they've got in the
    catalog is just plain fun, and one of the difficulties in dealing with
    All Electronics is that one tends to buy way too much stuff that looks

    M Kinsler

    wondering what to do with the violet LED's.
  15. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Most of their stuff is surplus. It's a neat place, after ordering from them
    for probably 15 years I finally had a chance to drop in at the store when I
    was down in LA, it was cool to wander around and see the stuff, some was
    remnants of things I'd ordered years earlier.
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