I'm new to the arduino, currently an owner of the arduino duemilanove, and I've made my way through the "Getting Started" projects, and I'm looking forward to taking on bigger and better things. However, I don't know where to start in terms of parts. What are good things to pick up? And, considering I'm a broke college student, where could I find the best deal?
I think what you need to do is have a plan before you buy unnecessary things.
Another site you might want to check out for cheap products is:http://www.taydaelectronics.com/servlet/StoreFront
There is also an Ebay store called Asia Engineer and you would have to know what you are looking at to tell if it is a good price or not so compare prices:http://stores.ebay.com/Asia-Engineer
You might want to check Futurlec for value packs (requires searching website):
You might want to check Futurlec online because they have specials and value packs whereas sparkfun will charge you .35 cents for a single LED and you can get 100 for 4.95 from Futurlec. Futurlec isn't the only cheap online store:
1/4W 300pc's for only $2.45
1/2W 300pc's for $4.95
Ceramic 200pc's for $2.95
100 Electro's only $3.95
LED's R,G,Y 100 only $4.95
Assort. Signal 100 for $2.95
50 Assorted IC's for $5.95
100 assorted only $5.95