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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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Jezza Bear

11 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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lemonieJezza Bear

Reply 11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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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Brek3

11 years ago

silly answer maybe... but try ebay

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kinney

11 years ago

try n find some ok hahahah hahahaha