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  1. electronman

    electronman Guest

    In my search for good component supply houses, I've found 3 local
    places that are pretty good: the national chain Fry's, a local outfit
    called Norvac, and the ubiquitous Radio Shack. But I just can't find
    every comonent that I need at these businesses. So here are some
    national mail order stores that I've run across in my web surfing (I
    have not yet ordered from any of these yet, so I'm looking for your
    advice here ... also, are there some other good stores that I don't
    yet know about?)
    Two more questions: 1) Will these supply houses work with someone who
    is only going to order $5 to $10 at a time? 2) How long of a
    turnaround time should I expect from order date to receipt date?
    Thanks for your advice in advance.
  2. I assume you are in the US. Jameco doesn't mind small orders AFAIK. I
    don't think I've ever ordered from them, but they send me tons of
    catalogues. ;-) You might like these:
    and is pretty neat for a hobbiest.
    Huge catalogues, giant inventory. I live in houston, mouser is in dallas, I
    get stuff the next day usually without paying extra on shipping. I'm not
    sure where digikey is, but they are good.
  3. I've had good service from Jameco, Goldmine, Allelectronics, &
    Sciplus. All have limited offerings, though. Never used Hosfelt.

    See also:

    Above have extensive product offerings, including unusual/hard-to-find
    items & good web search/ordering systems. All ship quickly if items
    are in stock; I've had products arrive as quickly as next-day, even
    without expedited shipping.

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  5. Steven Swift

    Steven Swift Guest

    add Ocean State Electronics, Only place I have found
    subminiature tube sockets.
  6. Hey, half the fun is looking through all the catalogs! I think you'll like
    Digi-Key (they're in Minnesota) and B. G. Micro in Dallas. It's impossible
    for one company to stock absolutely everything. Mouser is great, too.

    Try drawing up a list of stuff you may be interested in so you can meet the
    minimum order; this is how junkboxes grow. :)
    Transistors; LEDs; resistors; capacitors; sockets; diodes; solder; etc.

    Buying in bulk from a mail-order house is far cheaper than Radio Shack in
    the long run.
  7. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Good morning. I'll usually deal with Mouser and DigiKey.

    If you need to do the churchmouse routine and order in very small
    quantities, you may want to stick with Mouser. They have no minimum
    order. The last time I checked, they would ship as inexpensively as
    you want, including Parcel Post if you're inclined wring out every
    penny to wait for snail mail (note: haven't done that in a long time
    -- call to check). That's ideal for a weekend warrior hobbyist, as
    long as you don't really need it by next weekend.

    DigiKey charges a $5 premium if your order is less than $25.

    Typically, an order will be in the box and out the dock either the
    same day or the next day with either of the above. After that, it's
    up to the shipper and shipping method you choose.

  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    FWIW, I've been to a place called "Whittier Electronics", which, oddly
    enough, is in Whittier, CA. ;-) It was like the olden days - they seemed
    to have every component you could possibly need - the boxes of heatshrink
    and stuff were just kewl to browse. :)

    And they have a website where you can order stuff, if you're interested:

    I found them very personable and helpful, in person. :)

    Hope This Helps!
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    It's probably cheaper than RS even for a one-off. ;-)

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