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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

1 year ago

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

9 years ago

\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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kelseymh

9 years ago

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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Sandisk1duokelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

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

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kelseymhSandisk1duo

Reply 9 years ago

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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Sandisk1duokelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

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

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kelseymhSandisk1duo

Reply 9 years ago

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 Rainkelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

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

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kelseymhLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

. 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

9 years ago

are you willing to shop online?

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LinuxH4x0r

9 years ago

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