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Meinaart

I live in the Netherlands and I am a newbie in electronics. The last couple of months I started ordering the basic stuff for this new hobby. It took me a while to find the right (web)shops for ordering components/other parts. So I am curious where people from Europe buy their electronics from.

I order most of my stuff from:
- eBay (often the cheapest, not always)
- Farnell / RS Components (for more basic parts like resistors and IC's; often unbeatable prices and very fast shipping)
- SparkFun / Adafruit / Solarbotics, shipping costs are a big disadvantage for me
- Seeedstudio, I am a bit hesitant to order something from them again, last time it took more then 30 days.
- Some Dutch webshops

It took me a while to find the best place to buy stuff for my new electronics hobby ;). Still not sure if I found all the right places. Some more basic stuff is really hard to find for me (like stripboard or wires). Did not find a local store that carries that kind of stuff for reasonable prices yet. Don't always want to order more stuff then I need just to save on shipping costs ;).

mowcius

Sounds like my list.  ;)

Mowcius

frostin

Digikey, mouser (some times), arduino fun, adafruit (very little), eBay (mostly LEDs and copper clad board and uv material).

graymalkin

There is a local store (well sort of local - I'm in a rural area, not a lot is very local) called Maplin Electronics, if I am getting a couple of cheap-ish things, it will be there but they are outstandingly dear, so otherwise it is Mouser/Farnell.  They ship in europe and don't charge an enourmous premium for the privildge.  I will get one off components like GLCDs from eBay, cheap as erm, chips?

Imahilus

I'd be interested in the dutch webshops?
Don't suppose you could share them?

retrolefty

Lately (last three orders) for ICs I have been using Newark Electronics on line. They seem to not charge for shipping (maybe free below a certain weight?) and their prices are OK so far on the chips I wanted.

Lefty

cr0sh

Most of my parts come from surplus outlets (All Electronics, Electronic Goldmine, or the like); those that don't come from either DigiKey, Mouser, or SparkFun. Sometimes I might use Ebay, depending on the part and need.

If I need a part quick, and I want it "new", I will check local stores like Frys Electronics. If I don't mind surplus for the item, then its a Saturday trip down to Apache Reclamation and Electronics in south Phoenix for me (hmm - maybe I'll go there tomorrow for the hell of it!)...

:)
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sciguy

My list:

Sparkfun
Electronic goldmine
Robotshop, at first until I found out how overpriced it is
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Jeremy1998

Mine:

Jameco
Newark
Sparkfun
eBay

Osgeld

radio shack (hesh where else are you going to find a pack of diodes at 8pm)

digikey

local store down town (sometimes)
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=unread;boards=2,3,4,5,67,6,7,8,9,10,11,66,12,13,15,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,86,87,89,1;ALL

cr0sh

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where else are you going to find a pack of diodes at 8pm


Where do you live in SE USA? I know Georgia has a couple of Frys Electronics locations...

http://www.frys.com/ac/storelocator/index.jsp

Otherwise I guess you're SOL...

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westfw

Dutch webshop:

  http://www.voti.nl/shop/index.html

Osgeld

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Jul 31, 2010, 12:46 am Last Edit: Jul 31, 2010, 01:21 am by Osgeld Reason: 1
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Where do you live in SE USA?


bout 3 hours north of the nearest Fry's (i take that back, its only 3 to the border, then add another 1.5)
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=unread;boards=2,3,4,5,67,6,7,8,9,10,11,66,12,13,15,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,86,87,89,1;ALL

Funky Diver

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Jul 31, 2010, 01:04 am Last Edit: Jul 31, 2010, 01:05 am by Funky_Diver Reason: 1
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My list:

Sparkfun
Electronic goldmine
Robotshop, at first until I found out how overpriced it is


Electronic Goldmine don't ship to Europe... unless I'm missing a trick?

daveg360

I've ordered stuff from Electronic Goldmine before.  There was a minimum order though.  Just contact them - they seem reasonable folks.
If your system involves lethal voltages/life critical/flamable elements - you probably shouldn't need to ask.
The Arduino != PC.

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