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I'm going to be picking up more components for my Arduino at the source. it used to be radio shack. I'm getting infrared led's and the receiver that goes with them they have two per pack. I'm also getting an assorted pack of led's.  http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=LEDs&product=2761622 those are the assorted led's.  http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=LEDs&product=2760142 those are the ir led's. I was also looking at some photocells. http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Misc_Parts&product=2761657
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I'm going to be picking up more components for my Arduino at the source. it used to be radio shack. I'm getting infrared led's and the receiver that goes with them they have two per pack. I'm also getting an assorted pack of led's.  http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=LEDs&product=2761622 those are the assorted led's.  http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=LEDs&product=2760142 those are the ir led's. I was also looking at some photocells. http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Misc_Parts&product=2761657

You could probably get more for much less shopping surplus...for example (all from Electronic Goldmine):

http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G17169 - Container of LEDs (~200) for $4.95 USD, vs 20 for $6.99 @ Source
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G17170 - CDs Cell Surprise (100+) for $5.00 USD, vs 5 for $4.99 @ Source

There wasn't a good example for the matched pair IR kit @ Goldmine or All Electronics (although you might find something in this box: http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=GP23), but I bet you could cobble something together from either or both that would work well for much less than what the Source is selling them for.

Note also that I am not saying you have to buy 200+ pcs of something, either - Electronic Goldmine (and All Electronics, and others) offer smaller quantities of certain parts, but in surplus, things get stupid cheap the quickest with a large number of parts. I once picked up a couple of these from Goldmine:

http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G9321

...and was very pleased at the amount and types of "floor sweepings" I received (I actually received some very nice parts in those assortments - a handful of them easily were worth what I paid for the box).

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I may order through them its a pretty good company.
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