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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 smiley-wink. 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 smiley-wink.
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Sounds like my list.  smiley-wink

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Digikey, mouser (some times), arduino fun, adafruit (very little), eBay (mostly LEDs and copper clad board and uv material).
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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?
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I'd be interested in the dutch webshops?
Don't suppose you could share them?
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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.

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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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My list:

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

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

digikey

local store down town (sometimes)
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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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Dutch webshop:

   http://www.voti.nl/shop/index.html
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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)
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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?
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I've ordered stuff from Electronic Goldmine before.  There was a minimum order though.  Just contact them - they seem reasonable folks.
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