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The cost of buying electronic parts for our projects from Radio Shack or Maplin are quite expensive now days...
And most of us have a limited budget in buying stuff.

But...

If you know the secrets of how to get electronic parts for free, you could be saving your self hundreds of bucks!

Heres how...
 
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Step 1: Free samples

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You probably have never notices this, but most manufactures and suppliers will give away free samples of their high quality electronic parts.

However, control your self! Don't ask for hundreds of components! No company will give you that much, just ask for a few.

Here is a list of some companies and manufactures that will give you some of their free samples...
Fairchild Semiconductor
Texas Instruments
STMicroelectronics
MARL
WIMA

For more information, check out this instructable! List Of **FREE STUFF** For your projects

Step 2: Talk!

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Talk to the people you know well, like your family and friends if they have any electronic device they are going to throw out, they may be glad to give it to you.

I had successfully got two portable TV's and a radio boom box by simply talking!

Step 3: Computer Repair Stores

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You can find pretty good stuff from the computer repair stores...

If you ask the manager nicely for blown electronic equipment like PSU's DVD/CD burners, they will usually give it to you.

If you do get a DVD/CD burner, you are very lucky...
Because inside a DVD/CD burner, it has a laser diode that cost several hundred bucks! With that laser, you can make a cool burning laser flashlight if you check out that amazing instructable!
Laser Flashlight Hack!!

I had successfully got a working 200 watts ATX power supply unit and converted into a lab power supply using help of those two instructables...
Convert an ATX Power Supply Into a Regular DC Power Supply!
ATX to Lab Bench Power Supply Conversion
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slanwar2 days ago

Most towns in New Jersey have a recycling yard which people dump TV's, computers and any electronic device they have at home.

jdillon618 days ago

Any suggestion where to get the following part? RS2004M, V822. This is needed as a replacement part in the circuit of a quartz electric heater. So of course it has to be "new" or at least tested to be in good working order. This is not for resale, it is a hobbyist project and believe me, I am using "safety first." The heater will not be used at all unless surrounded by heavy metal of the fireproof variety. Dismantling it revealed the heater was built using about 50 percent plastic. Far less plastic will be used in rebuilding the bracket holder/mount. Also I will seek to have it checked by a qualified electrician. So I just need the part. I am willing to find the part in old junked appliances that it would be used in, so if I know what appliances to look at, I might locate a good one at the local recycler (after asking permission first).

WilliamD111 month ago

This is totally true! I found a working computer in a dumpster!

mike.blais22 months ago

Be careful when requesting free that they don't nail you with a fee after it deliver. Some company use UPS, FedEx or DHL. These are great if you need something quickly, but in my case I don't need it quickly and it a free sample I don't care if it get lost in the mail, I just re-ask for it. Some people believe we should pay for sample, I say no. If you give sample away, it should be free including shipping charges. As a person who get these free sample shouldn't a profit on these free item. I believe they should be used to build prototype, that if you want sell thing. Myself, I want free sample just for myself.

Webmsater5 months ago

Getting electronic parts in free is a risky one. But
thinking smart way gives some electronic parts such as don't waste electronics components
in home. All the components have at least one good part, collect that and use
that.

http://www.brand4india.com/electronic-components-suppliers/products/

Webmsater5 months ago

Getting electronic parts in free is a risky one. But
thinking smart way gives some electronic parts such as don't waste electronics components
in home. All the components have at least one good part, collect that and use
that.

http://www.brand4india.com/electronic-components-suppliers/products/

If you live in a college town then you know about all the amazing discarded stuff you can find during dorm move-out, otherwise known as 'hippie Christmas'!

jack47610 months ago

If you're a student, a lot of manufacturers have discounts or special packages if you can get a professor to sign off saying it's for academic work. Some of them can be sticklers about that but many are happy to help you when they see you taking that initiative...got $100 off a myDAQ this way.

Machine12 months ago

TVs are packed with reusable components. Harvest anything electronic from the throwouts (every two weeks here) and tear them down for the good bits inside which can include power transistors, DC motors, DC pumps, ICs, transformers large and small, inductors, high voltage and low voltage electrolytic capacitors, speakers, displays, buttons and switches and LEDs and lots more.

nancyjohns1 year ago

Oh, also you can get ton of free stuff on craigslist.com

nancyjohns1 year ago

Once, my neighbor was out of town and he got the inside of his house pretty much taken apart (every thing out of the house ect.) and EVERYTHING was in a dumpster on his driveway (they were just going to throw it all away!!!). So we got some pretty not-bad stuff.

nancyjohns1 year ago

Once, my neighbor was out of town and he got the inside of his house pretty much taken apart (every thing out of the house ect.) and EVERYTHING was in a dumpster on his driveway (they were just going to throw it all away!!!). So we got some pretty not-bad stuff.

ARKtest1 year ago
its not free, but Goodwill sells electronics for a couple of bucks. and if you're lucky enough to have one with an outlet, they sell stuff for even less.
Wow!
Where did you got that SID chip from?
flashbang21 year ago
freecycle.com its where you can get things for free also
VyreRain1 year ago
....its not Illegal in Oklahoma =P
I'm not really doing a project, but i like putting electronics together and building stuff. Thanks!!!!!
~CableGuy2 years ago
Try this too if you have an ordinary transformer:

Connect the Xenon tube to a transformer(HV), and other two wires of the transformer(LV Out) to a battery. start jerking the wire on the + head of the battery and watch the Beautiful Spark Show in the Xenon Tube! have fun!
~CableGuy2 years ago
man I did the same thing for whatever I have (but my 555 timers!). I spent most of my time un-soldering the components of the boards!
I got CD players, VCRs, Car Cassette players, PCs, and so on by simply "Talking"!!
try dumpster diving the radio shack dumpster.
you could break into the local dump. im only 13 so this is not a very possible solution.
didn't know that. wada you know learn new things every day
Schmidty162 years ago
where can i get computer fans
frodobot6 years ago
Be careful taking apart TVs. They can keep charge for weeks and could kill you if you don't discharge the load capacitors (and don't use the screwdriver method cos you'll probably be electrocuted and fried. The screens also need discharging
Tkdwn frodobot3 years ago
Ah, that flyback discharge <3 <3 <3 It shook me good lol!
Sarah86 Tkdwn2 years ago
Hehe, yeah, I remember the first crt monitor I dismantled. My little brother put his finger right on the driver capacitor. Nasty shock and he got a flesh burn. That is how I learn that disconected electrical appliance couls still have power in them.
the other day I tore apart a crt monitor without discharging the screen. i just dropped a BIG rock on the deflection coils and broke off the neck of the tube then salvaged parts.
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no, just try turning it on without a power source, it should discharge
monty3243 years ago
i dont think laser diodes from dvd burners cost 200 dollars
-max- monty3243 years ago
i have seen the whole drive as high as 70 but not 200, either.
rantipole -max-2 years ago
I think what they mean is that to buy the Lazer Diode alone would cost $200. Which makes sense, because companies that sell the seperate device would put it in a housing and have a power source connection.
I have had a great experience with Samtec. I was able to get some really nice USB ports from them for free, no questions asked. And the best part --free next day air shipping! But only get what you need so we can all use their wonderful service.

http://www.samtec.com/SuddenService/samples/samples.aspx
powerman6662 years ago
Schmartboard is giving away samples too. http://www.schmartboard.com/index.asp?page=schmartland_samples
nurdee13 years ago
I am interested in getting free parts but I don't have a company email adress. All I have is a gmail adress. Are there any places where I can get free parts without a company email adress?

Thanks.
Modarius6 years ago
My walmart said that i couldn't have a camera because of liability but your might be different.. Just something to note :-)
i went into walgreens one time and asked and the dude was like"no you cant have any because we send them into the factory and they recycle them"wat kind of crap is that?!?!!?!?!?!!?
Because the way they open them they can send to the factory and they good condition ones get new film and re-packaged. They also do this with disposable digital cameras.
As a matter of fact they do. I have gotten disposed disposable camera's that were all taped together again. No doubt a more than once use. The paper cover is supposed to hide that all :-)
DIGITAL? do you mean the camcorders?
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