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Electronics Source

I know that there have been posts all over the place that list sources for electronics components, but I was having trouble finding them, and then I figured it would be helpful for everyone if we had one place for them. So, please post links to your favorite electronics components sources. I know I could use them! Thanks Rick

Phoghat5 years ago
I found a site that sells all kind of crap. They have high power bare nekkid LEDs like Cree and sell high power low price lasers. Gadgets, unlocked phones, rifle scopes and god knows what all. I have used them and they are quite reliable and have a user forum for information on the products. Deal Xtreme
highvoltage6 years ago
I'm almost a total dumpster diver, I live near apartments and although alot of time I find next to nothing, I've gotten times when I've found just amazing loads of old electronics. Willington is probably right about university dumpsters too, I hear about finds from those pretty often. I'm too lazy to desolder most things (unless I really don't want to break it), so I usually just clip it off with pliers. Usually, the older the device you're scrapping, the easier it is to get things out of it. I would recommend ye olde microwaves and VHS players aren't too bad either. Then, if you REALLY want to spend money, just go to a big surplus place or something. Surplus Sales of Nebraska has an extremely good site with reasonable shipping, and you can find most anything there (no neon light transformers though, unfortunately). Happy scrapping!
photozz7 years ago
OK.. Best source: The garbage can, followed closely by the thrift store. I can usually find almost everything I need by scavenging from old VCR/CD/Tape Player/TV/ETC junk. Transistors, coils, motors, wire.. just about anything can be had cheap or free if you look long enough. I'll also point out that many of the parts distributors listed above will send you free samples if you ask. Check it out. If you are buying all your parts at Radio shack or other retail site, your paying too much.
westfw photozz7 years ago
> Best source: The garbage can, followed closely by the thrift store. As a dissenting view, scavenging parts is expensive in the amount of time it takes, which is substantial just to remove parts, and just NASTY if you manage to carefully extract a part that isn't working. (to some extent, you have the same problem with "surplus".) And then there are potential health issues (going to breath those epoxy fumes that you get after plying the PCB with a heat gun? Going to spend your $$$ on removal tools and dedicated ovens and safety gear instead of parts? Why?) I still scavange parts (especially since it's SO convenient), but I've pretty much given up on anything that actually needs to be de-soldered. Parts don't have to be "free", just "cheap enough."
photozz westfw7 years ago
Going to spend your $$$ on removal tools and dedicated ovens and safety gear instead of parts? Why?

Well, cause I'm cheap. I built my vent setup from scrap lumber and old data center rack fans, the safety equipment is a good idea weather you are soldering or de-soldering. once you have the technique down, It only takes a few seconds to claim LEDs, transistors and such from old PCBs. I have a box of old power supply boards removed from junk DVD players that put out a nice 5v. Stuff that would have cost much more to go find at a store.

The only removal tools I have are a heat gun and a solder sucker. Both cost me a total of $10. Yes it requires more effort, but I get a nice sense of satisfaction out of building something complicated by reusing parts that would have normally fount their way into a landfill.

I don't want to say I'm turning environmentalist in my old age, but it's starting to look that way.
mouser Always been happy with them, and once you're on the mailing list you can use the deluge of phone book sized catalogs that seem to arrive weekly to press flowers.
westfw7 years ago
BG Micro Hobbyist/surplus
JameCo Trying to follow digikey
Futurlec Cheap but a bit slow
MPJ online

Keep an eye out for local "surplus" dealers.

eBay has gotten to the point where it has some steady and reliable parts sellers.
You should also mention that many good components can be had via re-use. Dumpsters near a University campus are a goldmine.
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