Radio Shack does spend some money on distributing parts to their stores
Sigh... those prices ARE ridiculous! Someone there has some spreadsheet that tells them what the markup must be and what's the risk of getting stuck with inventory...
That said, Radio Shack for the first time in years has added something like Arduino to their stores.. When I'm back in the USA I will buy some stuff from them, both for "Buy Local" and nostalgia for the first store in New Haven in 1957, before Tandy Leather Company bought them. Anyone else remember a table with tanned hides on it in a Radio Shack?? That's after the era when Doc and I remember Cortland Street, Vesey Street and Fulton Street in New York and the piles of WWII surplus radios. Guess where those streets ended up? UNDER the brand new World Trade Center. And we know where that ended up. Constant Change is Here To Stay...
One other thing to remember is that if you are making prototypes of a design you might eventually make more of, you should select components that have a reliable supply chain.If you use for example a 7 segment display that was cheap from an Asian store, plan on redoing your design when you have to switch to a display that is always stocked by Digikey, Mouser etc.
A Max7219 I got from China, and another one bought from Maxim directly have very different printing on them. That may be a clue.
Quote from: db2db on Jun 07, 2012, 09:29 amA Max7219 I got from China, and another one bought from Maxim directly have very different printing on them. That may be a clue.Thanks. Did they work correctly?
... and I remember Courtland Street in New York ...
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