Wow i went down to maplins today to pick up a component that I needed for the LED contest and i was really impressed with the sale for less than ten quid (Â£8.97) I got ten metres of solid core wire (ran low), my component, a 25W soldering iron (Â£2.99!!!) and 100g of lead free solder (also running low) I was going to have to go to bangor to the house there and pick up the soldering iron, train fare is about Â£6 in all and the iron cost Â£2.99 what a bargain, especially considering they're alright for smaller stuff, I used almost exact same one in school for years and they handle abuse very well.
Soldering iron: Â£2.99
Horrible burn scars from being too excited about the iron: priceless
yes the solder cost more than the iron