For prototype and hobbyist projects getting parts is a challenge. There are a number of ways to buy parts:
- Direct from the manufacturer - But some don't sell direct or have high minimum order dollar value or quantities.
- From a walk in retail store - Although Radio Shack, Fry's, etc. have large stocks, they almost never have all the parts needed.
- eBay - You might get a good price, but the quality and functionability are really not known
- Internet vendors - most are OK, but until you learn about them delivery times may not be very good
- Back in 2002 you could build many small projects using only Radio Shack parts. But in 2007 it seems they have discontinued both the catalog and many of the parts. So they are no longer a viable source in my opinion.
They all have on line ordering and a hard copy catalog
|They are probably the #1 Microchip
disty. Excellent engineer oriented web pages with
excellent search function that leads to price, delivery and
more detailed technical info. But they don't carry all the
manufacturers that I buy from.
On line data sheets.
3 Dec 2008 3:20 Placed on line order.
3 Dec 2008 4:20 Order processed & shipped USPS Priority
5 Dec 2008 Order arrived.
2014 now have USPS shipping (much lower in cost than other options)
||(509) 334-6306||development tools for NI, PIC, etc.
||Another high quality disty almost as good as
On line data sheets.
|Think of Jameco as the generic discount
disty. Their prices can be way lower than the big
guys. good selection of Wall Warts, LEDs, etc.
On line data sheets but under Jameco# not part number so don't show up in Google.
||(562) 463-4277||online form||online form||0
||This is the place to get
mechanical parts like taps & dies including odd sizes
and raw material stock
||Fastners of all kinds in
Best to phone, the on line tools are not too good, but the phone service is top rate
|Another high quality disty almost as good as
$5 handling fee merchandize < $25
||on line RFQ
|Another high quality disty almost as good as Digikey|
|online form||online form||?
No minimum easy to deal with.
|American Microsemiconductor||(973) 377-9566||online form||(973) 377-9566||?
||they buy up obsolete
no experience with them. There is an on line store & data sheets
||no catalog, limited product line, but good
place you can get LumiLEDs
Philips magnetic sensors
|Sells solder paste,
needles, etc whereas the big distys only sell in case lots
drop shipped. Great phone tech support and good
There dealers buy surplus items and sell them for very low prices. Sometimes there is a data sheet but often you just get unmarked hardware.
I'm only listing dealers that I've purchased from.
888-826-5432 Van Nuys, CA
Santa Clara, CA
American Science & Surplus 888-724-7587 Skokie, IL a good sense of humor
972-205-9447 Garland, TX
800-445-0697 Scottsdale, AZ components, Kits
(408) 732-1573 Santa Clara, CA
Marlin P. Jones & Assoc 800-652-6733 Lake Park, FL
Olander (408) 735-1850 Sunnyvale, CA screws, hardware
bad web page so phone
Ramsey Electronics 800-446-2295 Victor, NY Kits
Surplus Sales of Nebraska 402-346-4750 ?, NE Expensive & Interesting
Surplus Shed 610-926-9226 Fleetwood, PA Mostly Optical
WeirdStuff (408) 743-5650 Ext 324 Sunnyvale, CA
Mostly complete items
computers, test equip....
The Electronics Source Book - Useful if you know the manufacturer and part number and are looking for stock.Back to Brooke's Products for Sale, Military Information, Home page
Thomas Register - Back PI (Pre Internet) every company purchased the encyclopedic volumes known as the Thomas Register. That's how you got the phone number of a company that made what you were looking for. Today many companies use the Thomas Register as their only web presence. Many of these companies don't have their own web page and may be slow to respond to email.
Google - You can find almost anything here, but it may take looking at hundreds of summaries
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