Hello, I am new to Arduino and I have been searching around online for assorted things such as breadboards, sensors, and LEDS. The shipping from the official site is way to expensive. Do you have any recommendations for a site that sells many different components for reasonable prices (and shipping)? I live in the U.S.
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Would you be willing to try surplus components? For breadboards, LEDs, transistors, switches, motors, etc - these surplus vendors have worked well for me:...As you can probably tell, I'm a "surplus and junk" connoisseur; I'll only buy new parts if I have no other way to get a particular device (or, if I were doing small-scale manufacturing or something where I needed a dependable supply).
I sometimes see these surplus components can be more expensive than new components. As well sometimes they are old, and you will ecounter difficulties to aquire the same parts again in a year.
A solution that works for me is to buy bulk quantities, not single components.
I am the opposite of a junk connoisseur, sometimes I use old parts from VCRs indeed but only if I don't have new parts available. There are good parts sometimes but you can't specify exactly what you need, or use let say 20 of them.
One really cheap surplus vendor I saw is Pollin Electronics, I never tried them myself but they have sortiments for good prices. I'd say this is hobby stuff and won't be used for professional circuits or circuits that are sold, but that's opinion.
Or I suggest that you team up with some people you know to share bulk purchases of components.Even searching eBay, there are some moon price vendors, some regular vendors with good prices, if you search really hard, you typically can get it for 1/2 price. Well ordering from China can take 3 weeks to arrive.
As always, you need to price before you buy; as you mentioned, I've seen prices for some things surplus that could be gotten much cheaper from China. Best thing on Ebay is to find a good Chinese vendor and stick with 'em (Tayda is one I have used in the past, who had good communication, etc - which is why I posted the link). As long as you are willing to wait (when I make these kinds of purchases, I try to purchase bulk or multiple components from the Ebay store, just because of the long "lead time" to receipt).
Yes - they certainly can be, which is why whatever you do, you should shop around. I would also only consider surplus for hobby use, not production. I tried to make that clear in my previous post.
This works well for surplus, too (provided the vendor has enough); when I buy components surplus, I always buy way, way more than I'll probably use in my lifetime (as a hobbyist).
Components from devices are only realistic for hobbyist purposes, and if you are "desperate"; I consider such sources mainly only for mechanical or similar "larger" components, if they can't be sourced from somewhere else.
I'll have to look them up (unless you have a link handy?); where are they "local" to?