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bitsbox.co.uk, oomlout.co.uk, moonshineelectronics.co.uk, sk pang electronics (another british site).

Er... there's a few more but I think they're the main ones.  Bitsbox is the one I use most, oomlout is my favourite  - most of their stuff comes with a circuit diagram and a link to example code. I wish all sellers did that!
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I have ordered stuff from bitsbox via eBay before, really good stuff. I like their capacitators kit smiley.
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e-bay for RGB LEDs, arduino boards and as the last poster mentioned, capacitors, specially hard to find ones like 20pf and 33pf.

I also buy from bliptronics.com .. the only retail outlet I have seen that has the RGBs with the IC included and already wired .. and has arduino code.  Plus a really nice EQ chip.

For LED controller chips, no one mentioned avnet express.  So I figured I add it to the list.
(I have found great deals on TLC chips here)
http://avnetexpress.avnet.com

Looking for adapters .. this place has done right by me:
http://www.proto-advantage.com/store/

Have fun!
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http://www.rapidonline.com are a good general component supplier, very competitive on price.

For Arduino stuff and other embedded stuff, I've bought with great success from:

http://www.oomlout.com
http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk
http://www.skpang.co.uk
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very competitive on price.
Umm, Mowcius disagrees.

I consider Rapid Electronics to be expensive. Maybe not compared to sparkfun but they are rather expensive compared to farnell or ebay.

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I concur with Mowcius.

However, Cowjam has puzzled me with his reference to "moonshineelectronics.co.uk". Is this a veiled reference to Earthshine, or have I missed one?

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However, Cowjam has puzzled me with his reference to "moonshineelectronics.co.uk". Is this a veiled reference to Earthshine, or have I missed one?

Moonshine is like earthshine but contains more illicit booze smiley-wink

(yeah, I meant earthshine)
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Over the weekend I went to Apache Reclamation; I picked up "a ton" of various parts - many (more than 50 pieces) 7805/12/24 and 7905/12/24, plus TIP120s, etc - some with gold leads, some with tinned - the gold lead ones I paid 50 cents each for, the tinned lead ones I paid 25 cents each (heh, I got 3 2n3055s for 25 cents each - not quite enough for an h-bridge, tho!). I think I paid a total of a dollar for 6 8255 PIAs (probably only worth anything to collectors like me). I essentially got an entire bag full of various components for "scrap value"...

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My list (USA):

Jameco and Mouser - basic components.  I really like Jameco's catalog and web site.
Sparkfun - breakout boards and specialty items
All Electronics - surplus stuff, perfboards, enclosures
Futurlec - cheap items, cheap shipping, but very slow
Axman Surplus - local brick-and-mortar surplus chain with crazy stuff
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Futurlec - cheap items, cheap shipping, but very slow

the one time I bought there it was slow enough to offset the pennies I saved there

they do have some great deals, but save a nickle wait a month? meh
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Umm, Mowcius disagrees.

I consider Rapid Electronics to be expensive. Maybe not compared to sparkfun but they are rather expensive compared to farnell or ebay.
Umm, looks like we'll have to disagree about this one.  smiley-wink
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Umm, looks like we'll have to disagree about this one.
Well I have not looked up prices for some time so I went to look some up and couldn't find anything I searched for. I remember that was another reason why I didn't use them, unless you had the catalogue, it was difficult to find anything.

Searches such as LM7805 come up with nothing whereas on farnell you get a page full.

I have ordered things from Rapid before but most of the time it is also easier to buy from farnell when I know they have everything I want and I will be able to find it on the website.

Rapid also don't seem to have a sort feature so I can never find anything in the many pages it gives me for a basic term such as 5mm LED.

Maybe we can agree that without the catalogue or knowing exactly what the part numbers are, Rapid is a bit useless and they can be lacking in parts. The price of some things is up for debate  smiley-razz

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Doesnt Farnell require a £20 min order?
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*£20 minimum order value applies to all credit card orders

Maybe, I normally purchase over £20 of stuff but you can just go to the trade counter and pay by cash.

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Ah, its at least an hour from me.  I keep most things in shop but occasionally theres a part I need quickly smiley-razz
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