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TchnclFl, thanks! That's good to know

If you haven't already seen it, this little guide is helpful.
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Do the RX have auto mute? if not, do you have to filter out all the background static,
I use these modules
http://www.skpang.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=110_124&products_id=275
They work well, although if i were to buy any more it would be with external antenna version
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SFE does bring something valuable to the table in that they offer some unique products.  They don't always have the best price, but it's usually reasonable (but watch out for new products posted with initial pricing errors).  I've ordered many times from SFE and always had good service, and when I did get a defective part they credited me for it without any hassles.

You have to remember that the guy that started SFE did so as a result of blowing up a programmer he was using.  SFE is not a Tektronix or HP; they are a bunch of relatively low paid engineers having some fun.  You shouldn't expect them to be anything more than what they are.
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rsp,

Curious, you got SFE stocks or something? Most generic items that SFE sell are overpriced by a factor of 100% to 1000%.

See this row of 40 male header pins:

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=116

http://www.dipmicro.com/store/HEADS40T

I've used both and couldn't tell a tid bit difference but the former is 1000% as expensive as the latter. Both stores are in North America. If you just started with your hobby or degree, yeah, a few purchases won't save you money enough for a dope.

As many of us on this forum are technically addicted to electronics, we need more cheap dopes. See, I just saved $40 with a purchase of 20 rows of male headers. Now I can afford some stuff SFE sells. I still buy from SFE but only for those items I can't easily find replacement elsewhere. A lot of businesses, especially small ones, still provide good-old fashioned service, not just SFE.

Market power oc amount of irreplaceable product/service, Mr. Nate
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overpriced by a factor of [glow]100%[/glow] to 1000%

Can't really be overpriced if it's exactly the same price...
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I think what the "experts" are missing is that Sparkfun provides a service that goes beyond a price and an "add to cart" button.

I'm new to Arduino. I value the Sparkfun site (among others) because it gives me a better understanding of what works with my board. Sure, some of their products might be a little expensive, but nothing prevents me using the product name in a search engine and looking for other sellers.

I'm looking for extra hardware for my project now, and I'd MUCH rather have a site like Sparkfun than Mouser, Farnell, or any of the other specialists. I guess I'll change my mind when I have a better idea of what I'm doing smiley
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by a factor

No, but he's not saying that  smiley-grin
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by a factor


No, but he's not saying that  


100% = 1
A factor of 1 is the same as the original!
He means that the good price is multiplied by the factor to get the ripoff price, as shown by his example:
0.25 * 1000% (or 10) = 2.50


But anyway, I agree, SF can be overpriced.  
I still use it for some things, for example, I haven't found a cheaper price from a reliable seller (i.e. not ebay) for a claw machine joystick!  (random example)   ;D
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rondunn,

I think you made a good point. I did learn from SFE website about various things. They can do it only because they have enough people to do it. If they reduce their price a bit I would be more than happy to shop more.

sciguy, I wasn't sure if all they sell are overpriced so I had 100% just to be fair. Their 3.5mm audio extension cords are rather good quality for the price.
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Well, you can hardly call a site "overpriced" by comparison with one particularly low-priced source.  Sparkfun wants $2.50, and dipmicro only wants $0.25, but digikey wants $3.90, and Mouser wants $2.39, so it seems that dipmicro is unusually low priced, rather than sparkfun overpriced...

I would be relatively typical for a shop that sells primarily "specialty" devices that are hard to find elsewhere to have comparatively high prices on "generic" components, even if you weren't looking at the differences between a "top shelf" and "surplus" dealer...

(BTW, this is an important issue when hobbyists consider actually going into business.  You can't base your product prices on "special deal" prices that you managed to get from some dealer that may or may not have that same component next month.  You have to find a "real" supplier that's committed to ALWAYS having that component in stock (or "on schedule", anyway), and use THEIR prices in your calculations.)
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BTW, this is an important issue when hobbyists consider actually going into business.  You can't base your product prices on "special deal" prices that you managed to get from some dealer that may or may not have that same component next month.  You have to find a "real" supplier that's committed to ALWAYS having that component in stock (or "on schedule", anyway), and use THEIR prices in your calculations.

Well then we should be moving over to pic soon... the great atmega shortage...

liudr... i wish you had posted some links for getting cheap shield headers... smiley-wink i've been looking for them for a long time...
even a dollar is a lot of money on headers...there are headers available here for under 10 cents - cheapest about .05 cents... now thats in retail smiley-wink
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I found some 40 pin male headers on DK for 1.60, the devil is in the details

and no I am not going to chime in anymore on this subject, why bother, SF is just going to be the future radio shack (ie retarded prices and limited selection)
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considering they dont make their parts in a 3rd world country i am not shocked at the prices - infact i think they are rather good

fair play to them - they have a good following

i have bought 1 sparkfun product and it didn't come from them (cool components in the UK) and i cannot fault it
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yea they dont MAKE them in china (they just order every single bit of it FROM china) but whatever
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considering they don't make their parts in a 3rd world country

Any commercially inclined business that can afford to get from China would do it... things are so so cheap...only you need to be able to buy volumes....
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