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10 Best Electronics Suppliers Answered

First off, I would like to give notice to Electronics Projects for Dummies for most of this info.

I wanted to make a site with many of the best sites to buy Electrical Parts, because it can sometimes be a strenuous activity. I have 10 here, because if you can't find something on one online store, you might be able to find it on the next.

Reynolds Electronics
Reynolds Electronics is a good supplier of remote control components, micro controllers, and robot kits and parts. One feature that stands out on Reynolds Web site is the clear and helpful project/circuit tutorials. You can also find links for educational books on topics such as robotics and microcontrollers.

Hobby Engineering
Hobby Engineering is a sit slanted towards the hobbyist. This site carries some useful items that can be harder to find from other providers who are catered towards the corporate customer. it also has a good supply of micro-controllers, robot kits, parts, ad miscellaneous components and tools.

All Electronics
All Electronics has an incredible selection of many of the useful items you would use to build your project. They are very inexpensive and it is easy to find your way around the site. This site also has a "consumer comments" section where the consumers get to talk about the quality of the product and more. (Thank you westfw)

BG Micro
BG Micro is a cool site for rare and pretty neat gadgets as well as a nice selection of alot of the items one will need for a weekend project. There is also a very nice search engine at the top which lets you search for an item you can't find on the left. (Thank you Las Vegas)

Jameco Electronics
Jameco has a very nice site catalog. It's not very big that you sspect a forest was sacrificed in its making. I has great color photos with relatively easy to find components. This is one supplier wih a low price fuarantee which means that if you can show a part offered for less, the lesser price is honored. jameco also provides lower priced generic products as well as name brands.

Digi-Key is a large distrbutor of components from various manufacturers, offering a very large catalog with lots and lots of choices. However, the site uses small print that might be hard to ead. The catalog includes line drawings but o part photos, but it does do an excellant job of labeling the parts. Overall, Digi-Key has a huge selection of products, but they might need a little looking to find them.

Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics
Another large distributor of components from various manufacturers is Mouser. I like how Mouser's site allows you to compile separate orders for different projects. You can come backa s many times as you like to complete your order and make your purchase. We also like how Mouser label parts because the labels are easy to read and provide alot of information about the specific part.

Like Digi-Key, Mouser provides a very large catalog.

Everyone knows Radioshack!. This electronics convenience store is pretty much like any food convenience store: CONVENIENT BUT EXPENSIVE. If you are stuck at 4:30 on a Sunday afteroon needing a small part to keep working on your project, this store is right for you. Be aware that not all radioshack are equal.

Fry's Electronics
Fry's Electronics
Fry's has stores in nine states, and if you are lucky enough to live near one you can browse the isles in person. Fry's stocks all kinds of electronics and parts including an EXCELLANT selection of IC chips.

Goldmine Electronics
Goldmine Electronics
If you are in the market for bargains, try Electronic Goldmine.. This online store often offers sepcials that can save you money. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Electronics Goldmine offers great help with international orders and also offers wholesale items on auction on eBay.

Quick Tip: Try clicking Electronic Goldmine Treasure Ball for the best deals!

Futurelec offers a very nicely done site with color photos of the parts that makes for easy browsin. Futurelec also offers semicnductor news links and also links to recently added parts to help you keep on the top of the latest and greatest as well as PCB design and manufacturing services.

[htpp://maplin.co.uk Maplin]
The British suppplier Maplin has stores scattered around the U.K. and also offers an online store.
Unlike electronic gadgets and appliances that operate on different voltages in European contries, electornic components are pretty standard. Although Maplin will ship overseas, you might want to check out U.S. Suppliers first.

Sparkfun was originally a PCB Manufacturer, and turned in to a company well beyond their expectations! They have a large variety of PCBs, LEDs, and MANY more everyday electronics components. The site is well organized with so much to choose from!


thanks for the information ... its really help full

Does anyone know of anyone who locates obsolete ICs for an individual? I'm looking for one and get no help from distributors since I'm not a business (I don't see what difference it makes, but whatever).

Try Ebay, you often find really old stuff from sellers in Poland, Russia and around.
They seem to have the hobby of dismantling old electronics and buyingold stock to sell again.
But if you would specify the IC you need someone here might be able to help.

You have done a bit of bloodhounding on this IC, I see ;-). I have tried many of these distributors already, most of which, despite showing there being stock somewhere, tell me there is no stock. Electronicpool.de has told me that, I tried them. The other problem is these distributors won't deal with private parties. Precisionlogicinc says right on the page $300 minimum order. 3 or 4 IC's isn't worth their time, and I am certainly not going to order 100 IC's when I want 3. I have been at this for months now, and my frustration level has long since busted the meter. I found one firm that bills itself as an OKI distributor, and was told I would have to buy the entire remaining stock of 4000-something.

I see you have the same problem most of us have when hunting old parts :(
Often with obsolete parts they got a modern day replacement that either does the same or even more.
Problem is back in the day noone really cared about datasheets or real documentation about IC's used.
You get a number in the parts list and that's it.
But since you are not alone with the problem and vinyl is coming back there might be a chance in some dedicated forums.
Someone might have found a source and was forced to buy more than he needed or has schematics for using a modern a IC insted.
Last but no least you could hunt the schematics and do the digging yourself, but it will take a lot of time and bring more frustration.

I have never seen a datasheet for this IC, it would be impossible to replicate unless you could convince OKI to show you the schematic (right). Not to mention the expense of paying an EE to design a discrete circuit which would consume enough power to require it's own filtered power supply, etc. What's likely to happen is this excellent, inoperative vintage turntable will get thrown out (or in the mood I'm in, off the roof).

Check Littlediode, from some forums they are recommended for actually having the stock available they list.
And if they do get a handful and sell with profit on Ebay ;)

Good luck with your turntable, nothing beats vinyl ;)

There's a bunch of places to shop for electronic elements. Check out.Below I've listed the stores that I've either used myself or that i have been suggested.I have ordered elements from all 3 many times a year for the last 10 years.I recommend you are attempting them out and post your expertise here. Best,

Come to think of it... One very important one is missing...

BG Micro
Some of the coolest and rarest gadgets at the best prices.

I will also add BG Micro, its a cool site, thanks!


11 years ago

Fry's here in silicon valley has been going downhill WRT electronics parts; used to be all sorts of neat stuff, now it's mostly NTE replacement parts. Sigh.

You didn't mention All Electronics, which I rate slightly upscale from Electronics Goldmine and BG Micro. One interesting feature I haven't seen elsewhere is a "customer comments" section for each item, sometimes containing pointers to more extensive information, and relatively frequently containing some useful insights...

Also Futurlec which has some very low prices on items that are normally overpriced elsewhere (like Prototyping PCBs and Stripboard
(but they're slower than many other vendors.)

I will add All Electronics, thank you for your input.


11 years ago

BTW, DIgikey has a very good search engine on their web site...

Very nice compilation. Thanks for all the hard work.

If anyone has any questions, just PM me.