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where to shop in southern California / Irvine (HELP??) Answered

Hi folks I'm from europe and residing/studying in Irvine/CA for half a year, until June. Do you have any tips about where I have to go / should go / can go to SHOP for cool maker relevant stuff? I only took a minimum amount of equipment (my Arduino, my EEG and some ICs, LED, Sensors n stuff ) with me and hardly any tools. I thought there must be some place around town to shop, but I didn't find anything...

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Vellicore (author)2017-04-09

I purchase all my computer components through Vellicore free shipping on all orders and based in Laguna area about 5 miles from Irvine C.A

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Maniacy (author)2009-01-19

\Thanks for the many replies so far!!! OK looks like I'd have to go and shop online... I was also looking for some kind of scrapyard/surplus store. Do you know something like that?

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Sandisk1duo (author)Maniacy2009-01-23

digikey has all electronics parts that were ever made (99% of them)

electronic goldmine has a bunch of cheap/discounted devices

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kelseymh (author)2009-01-19

Fry's Electronics is probably your best source for components. The sales people used to be really great, but now they're just drones for consumer electronics (stereos and cell phones) :-( If you know what you want, browse the aisles and look for it yourself.

For non-electronics stuff, IKEA is great for stuff you can hack. But you already know that, being from Europe and all :-)

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Sandisk1duo (author)kelseymh2009-01-19

Fry's doesn't have anything! besides computer parts

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kelseymh (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-19

Which aisles did you walk down? Hopefully you weren't naïve idealistic enough to ask someone!

Fry's has a whole "Components" section, with two or three aisles of ICs, resistors/caps/etc., perfboard/breadboard/etchable, switches and knobs, enclosures, everything you'd need for small projects. But don't bother asking a drone for a specific component. They'll tell you "we don't carry that," because their too ignorant of electronics to know what they have or don't have.

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Sandisk1duo (author)kelseymh2009-01-19

online, they have LEDS and Resistors, nothing more do they have buck resistors, and capacitors?

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kelseymh (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-19

Hi, Alex. You're right about online. The topic was asking about physical stores, and I was talking about actually walking into Fry's and looking around.

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2009-01-19

:O Do you see what I see?! >Tackles< It's okay, I have him in custody.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-01-19

Oof! Ow. They're, their, little lady! The nasty ungrammaticisms won't bother you!

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NachoMahma (author)2009-01-19

. Try locating some amateur radio clubs in your area. Hams usually know about such things. . Contact an Electronics teacher/professor at a local school/college/university. . Use similar tactics for non-electronic items.

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-19

are you willing to shop online?

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2009-01-19

Good luck finding stuff. Maybe the ibles crew can help. You might also want to check the free section of craigslist

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