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What stores do you recomend for electronic components? Must ship to Europe at a reasonable price, and don't have 7 weeks delivery time to Europe.

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siewertw
siewertw

8 years ago

For people from the Netherlands; try http://www.bitsandparts.eu


It is a webshop for all Arduino and Raspberry Pi related components.

For orders above 4 euro there is no shipping charge for the Netherlands.

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chr
chr

13 years ago

Stumbled upon this site: http://www.futurlec.com/
Just the right amount of components (the large stores have way too many :p) and low prices. Thei ship from Thailand.

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josh92176
josh92176

Reply 13 years ago

I have ordered form them. Shipping is very slow and I later read somwhere on the internet (ciao?) that some people had never seen their orders and one guy suspected them of fraud. I wont e buying from them again. I can however recommend Bits box. Prices are OK and shipping isn't bad. You pay via paypal so its secure (or you can pay with other less secure methods e.g ban transfer). Its only 1 guy here (in the U.K) so stock is a bit limited but if they have what you want go for it, he is very reliable.

-josh

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chr
chr

Reply 13 years ago

Ah, thanks for informing me about that store :D
http://www.fastcomponents.co.uk/ is another good UK store.

I have three experiences with futurlec:
1) My fist order took about 3 weeks, when I sent them an email, they told me they where waiting for a component that was in backorder.. but offered to send the available parts right away. They sent it by express FedEx the same day (I only paid for regular mail), got the package 3 or 4 days later (thailand->norway).

2) A friend of mine got components for the weather station tutorial. They shipped the same day, and he received the component a week later or so..

3) My second order was shipped 6 days after entering the order, and is still in transit. 9 days and counting. Hope it'll arrive :p

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chr
chr

Reply 13 years ago

I just received my second package. Two things went wrong 1) They charged more than the prices on their webpage indicates. The prices on their webpage is in USD, but they charged me in AUD, and they used their own exchange rate.. 2) In stead of 6 leds, they sent me 6 breadboards. But I don't mind. I'll keep my $35 worth of breadboards, and forget about the $1 missing leds :)

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josh92176
josh92176

Reply 13 years ago

LOL, you got 6 free breadboards!1! -josh

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chr
chr

Reply 13 years ago

I sure did ;)

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josh92176
josh92176

Reply 13 years ago

I think they are getting better. This is what I was referring to. At the top the reviews are good but then scroll down to near the bottom! It seems however to have got some positive reviews since I last checked.

Good luck with your order
-josh

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josh92176
josh92176

Reply 13 years ago

Also, all those offices are lies, its really one place in Australia (apparently)

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chr
chr

Reply 13 years ago

I think it's one place in Thailand.. the FedEx tracking said so at least...

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westfw
westfw

14 years ago

Europe is tough. try http://www.voti.nl/shop/catalog.html

He's got a good reputation on the PICList and has a good selection of parts; he seems to pick up some of the more interesting surplus bargins that appear in the US as well.

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R. Daneel Olivaw
R. Daneel Olivaw

14 years ago

I actually search on eBay for some great deals. I’ve bought LEDs (100 for 99cents USD), heat shrink tubing, super magnets, resistors, and wire of all gauges. In your search you can specify location, currency, and high/low price range. Shipping varies, as some sellers will try to gouge a little, but you can probably find what you need at a price you can stomach.

For TTL chips (I know I’m showing my age here) and Op Amps you can Google for instance “7400” and get back all varieties of CMOS, MOSFET, and whatnot, as well as finding pin-out diagrams and specs.

I doubt this will help in Europe, but as an absolute last resort, I hit Radio Shack. Stay away from the ones in the malls, they only carry “Consumer Electronics”. Find a “stand alone” shop or strip mall where the manager is a hobbyist, and you’ll find parts, boards, tools, etc. The markup is ridiculous, but you can “get it now”.