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Where to buy cheap parts in the UK Answered

Hey, I have just stumbled upon this site about 2 hours ago (been wandering around looking at stuff to make) and have discovered a minro problem, the instructables all seem to link to US sites and they don't deliver to the UK and any sites I know of that are based in the UK are very expensive. $4 for a single small watch battery seems a little steep. So, if anyone knows of any cheap places to buy parts like components, tools and similar supplies I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

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lo.max.7524
lo.max.7524

6 years ago

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damianmitchell
damianmitchell

7 years ago

Well, I've just opened this eshop... http://dsmcz.com/presta/en/

Yes I know it's shameless advertising, but opposed to a lot of the surplus firms out there, about 30% of my stock really is surplus from electronic factories, at the prices you used to be able to get surplus components at...

Sorry, I sound like a salesman, I suppose I am, but I've only launched the site today, got to start somewhere...

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

Reply 7 years ago

A shameless plug you dug deep to make. This thread is over 4 years old. So you went way out of your way to make this plug. :(

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evilboy9494
evilboy9494

13 years ago

you can get cheap electronics from www.rapidonline.com

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phenoptix
phenoptix

13 years ago

My website is pretty competitive for LEDs, resistors and kynar wire. I won't link it in here as I don't want to look like a spammer!! If you google phenoptix, it's the first site you get.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

But Poundland are out of these now. I did find some hideous flashing glass-crucifixes, and bought one (pound). I haven't used the LED yes, as it's a bit more tricky than I though to get it into my PC case. L

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Brek3
Brek3

14 years ago

silly answer maybe... but try ebay

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Mike060187
Mike060187

Reply 13 years ago

LMAO nice answer :P

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josh92176
josh92176

13 years ago

Try Futurlec they are who I use everything is dirt cheap especially with the pound dollar exchange rate these days and they have a good range. make sure to check out their "value packs" (100 LEDs for $4.95 etc.). Only down side is very slow delivery (2-3 weeks I think) if you chose the cheapest option which is $4.

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toothlessnazarene
toothlessnazarene

13 years ago

BestHongKong.com, IN China... LEDs in bulk, NO shipping $, fast shipping some FREEBIES, + other electronics...... PEACE be with ALL.......

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Jezza Bear
Jezza Bear

14 years ago

I agree with lemonie, try the pound shops and Maplins if you have one around your parts. Careful of the batteries 30 for £5.00 as they don't last. I am a magpie and my wife is driven senseless by my collecting, harvesting and gathering. I am very much into to recycling old broken or useless kit and i am known to stop the car and look into skips. Charity shops always have "stuff". If i see something anywhere, the motto is "This could be useful, if I ignore this I may never get the opportunity again" Don't be afraid of salvaging, one mans muck is another ones brass :-)

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 14 years ago

Charity-shops I should have thought of! I know a skip-rat who carried a large CRT monitor home, uphill, and for a couple of miles. More than I could be bothered anyway.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

14 years ago

Maplins is OK, but my local store (Norwich) usually has very low stocks (asking for more than two transistors at a time confuses them). I'd try ebay.co.uk - depending what you want, some of the stuff on there is dirt cheap (over-stock etc). Just make sure they've got decent feedback.

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Nimmo
Nimmo

14 years ago

I had been looking at maplin's online store as there aren't any in St Andrews and that was where I got those prices. I will certainly be having a swatch at the next pound shop I go to then. Thanks for the help everyone. I had kind of considered ebay, but part of me is a little sceptical of it even though I have never had any problems.

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lemonie
lemonie

14 years ago

You can get cheap batteries in 'pound shops', they may only be alkalines, but you can buy packs of 50 assorted button-cells for a quid. They also sell some cheap tools. For components, how about skip-ratting some electricals and stripping components out of these? What else are you after? L

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kinney
kinney

14 years ago

try n find some ok hahahah hahahaha