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Need a list of places to get electrical components,other than online!!!

I need a list of stores that i could physically go into to get electrical components(transistor,capacitors,potentiometers etc.) AND I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT RADIOSHACK!!!

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comodore8 years ago
Itc Electronic and Tehnotrinik and Sprint... But that's in my countrie, which is on the other side if the world comparing to America... :)
panstar18 years ago
I have the exact same problem most of what I have are from things people throw out ,old tv's A track players once ,also I go to a second hand store and buy electronic devices and get the parts out of them that is mostly the cheap way of getting parts ,but the catch is not all the parts are useful some ic's have "house" numbers or are just to old to look up for there data sheets resistors are always good easy to test & they are practically everywhere capacitors are a different matter some ceramic caps have 3 num on them and I have no idea what they mean ,the voltage is easy though. The internet well for me I have no other choice there are no radio shack in canada anymore and they hardly have anything beyond basics wire zip ties ect. So I have been ordering from goldmine it is very inexpensive but I still have to pay 20 for shipping but I can get a lot for very little the other place is parts-express.com a little more expensive but for a spcific item it's is not bad but I pay duty on everything I order no matter where (there both in the US ) (so much for free trade !) ,the nice thing about parts express is the discount you can get if you order a perticular amount well I like them any way for that. + there heat shrink kit is 3 times cheaper then 5 4" peaces for 2.89 cnd (canadian tire i think it is only in canada ) I hoe this helps you. & if you wish to make things easy on your self get one of those credit cards that only alows you to spend what you have put into the card and try not to make really large orders ,I personally keep it around 44 + or - this way your losses will be small but the ones i named are really good!
i.am.flink8 years ago
I wish I could help. I truly do. When I was little, the Tandy stores had parts and staff who could actually answer design questions with more than a blank look. Radio shack, too. There was a chain store called "Lexington" something. You could walk into any of those places and tell them what you were trying to make and they could help you pick out parts based on what you already had on hand. Hehhe.. They used slide rules, too, to do the calculations working from formula crib sheets. I feel sorry for anyone wanting get started in DIY/experimental electronics. Looks like you picked the wrong century to take it up. Look in the yellow pages under the sections for salvage, liquidators, and scrap. You might not get new parts, but you might score some good components or bulk parts leftover from store closings or leftovers from manufacturing runs.
The BEST place in the world for anyone who loves this site is www. sciplus.com !!! They have a mailorder catalog too; American Science and Surplus phone (888)724-7587 They have stores in Chicago and Milwaukee. I've done business with them for over 20 years and they are great, honest and CHEAP. Here's some teasers:aircraft cable,$3/15ft, desktop Wimhurst generators and Tesla coils, radiation meters, lab equipment,rare earth magnets,LEDs, motors,odd gears, electronic 'take-outs',tools, medical equipment,and just plain weird stuff like housefly powered paper airplanes. You will be hooked,BEWARE!!
Goodhart9 years ago
transistor,capacitors, etc

Most of the time you find componants like these at little local Electronics stores. Where I lived, there was one besides RS, and they went out of business.

I know how you feel though, because even the local RS doesn't carry a 4049 hex inverter anymore.....and I NEED one real soon. I hate to overnight a $1 part paying another $5-8 for shipping *sigh*
some times small repair shops will carry NTE parts, I know they are overpriced but they are handy in a pinch.. And NTE does try to cover most every thing in common electronics... At least you don't have to pay shipping ....
Repair shops? They are a dying breed too. The "last" TV repair shop has gone out of business in my city, and radio repair has been extinct for a few years now. Automobile shops normally carry "complete" components only and I have not been able to locate a small appliance repair shop that is close to me. 2 vacuum cleaner shops within 30 miles ... *sigh*
Walmart is the death of all the useful stores. sigh I don't have anything local. Even Junkyards are a dying breed.
Yeah, it is happening over here in UK, supermarkets had killed many local stores.. :(
Noooo! That was the last hope!
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