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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Daniel Pitts, Dec 21, 2005.

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  1. Daniel Pitts

    Daniel Pitts Guest

    Hello. I'm new to the electronics scene, and I found that Radio Shack
    just doesn't cut it for components anymore.

    The only other local parts store I know of is only open M-F 8-5.
    Seeing as I work from 7-6, that isn't very useful. Is there some place
    online, or (per chance) in the San Francisco Bay Area (and east bay)
    that anyone here knows about?

    I'm looking for things like LEDs, CPUs (ARM or 8086 perferably),
    Memory, USB interface stuff, etc... etc...

    I tend to come up with idea's based on what I have, not the other way
    around, so knowing my supplier would be a good thing :)

    Thanks for reading,
  2. Bob Monsen

    Bob Monsen Guest

    Google for 'surplus electronics'. There are lots of places, and you can
    shop on the web. I am fond of
  3. kell

    kell Guest

    The demise of electronics parts stores is one of my beefs.
    I live in New York City, where you can find anything -- except
    an electronics parts store (besides RS).
    The last such place, Sylvan-Wellington on Canal street, closed
    many years ago. Canal street used to have a lot of junk and surplus
    shops, some of which had electronics of various sorts lying around.
    No such luck any more.
    I hear people from other parts of the world posting here about their
    local electronics stores, where they can go and buy mosfets or
    whatever. What is it about the U.S. are we such mindless consumers
    that we can't do anything for ourselves any more, so there's no demand
    for the goods do-it-yourselfers would need?
    I get most of my stuff from the net, or some salvaged from junk
    electronics retrieved from streetside rubbish.

  4. tell me how you can have a surplus store with high inventory taxes,
    JIT manufacturing, a high percentage of electronics made in other
    countries, and the outrageous rent charged for any building big enough
    to have a decent selection? In other words, there isn't the supply of
    surplus parts there used to be, and the cost for a retail store is quite
    high, so people invest their money somewhere else. Those surplus shops
    on Canal Street existed because of cheap rent and millions of tons of
    surplus bought by the pound.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  5. Allen Bong

    Allen Bong Guest

    Hi Daniel,

    I always envy people in the US are so lucky that they can get all the
    up-to-date parts so cheaply and most of the common parts are so much
    cheaper as compared to what I get here.

    In the small town, with a population of 1/4 million, where I live,
    there are two electronic stores and they are selling mostly TV and
    audio parts. Though I can get TTL and CMOS logic chips, they are not
    in the full range and cost double or triple as compared to the US.
    Sometimes I mail order parts from Farnell but they have a minimum order
    of RM300 (1USD app = RM 3.90) to have free shipping by courier or else
    they would charge rm30 for each shippment.

    I've mail ordered from eBay in the US and stores like Jameco, JDR as
    well as Digikey. The postage sometimes exceeds the parts ordered. I
    once ordered 50 SMT chips of 26C31 & 26C32 (25 each) and the postage by
    USPS air was $20.00. Some stores are overpricing their parts as I can
    see. A 2N3019 for $1.49 would be too expensive, isn't it? But a
    2N3055 TO5 casing costing $0.69 is considered quite cheap. But who
    wants 3055 anymore!

    When I visit KL (our capital city), there is a place called Jalan Pasar
    where all the electronic enthusiasts hang around. The whole street is
    dedicated to electronics and electrical stores. Here I can get parts
    at bargain prices. But the micro-controllers here are not so cheap as
    compared to eBay in US. Here I would usually get 1/4W resistors in
    hundreds (RM3 for 100 pcs) where it costs rm0.20 per piece in where I
    live. I would also stock some TTL and CMOS chips that were in the
    projects that I wanted to tackle.

    Where are the places in the States that you would visit that have many
    Electronic stores and electronic junks that were sold by pounds? Who
    know I might visit US one day!!

    Allen Bong
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