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Title: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 07, 2012, 04:38 pm
I mean...really???? Those price for me are insane.
Is there any cheap//honest store? Chinese mainly. 

0,50€     0,05 should be fine.

(http://www.robot-italy.com/images/images_big/315002.jpg)

0,60€  0,06 should be fine.

(http://www.robot-italy.com/images/images_big/315004.jpg)
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: xolroc on Jun 07, 2012, 06:28 pm
If you look around on the internet, many stores will give you free samples, where you only pay (admittedly exorbitant) shipping to get small quantities of certain components.  I know Maxim does, but they don't sell the headers you're looking for, so just look around.

Another tip: if you have any reason to get a whole lot of them, do so; many stores give bulk discounts.  Sometimes at ten, though there are some more common parts that don't get a discount until a thousand or so.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: clvrmnky on Jun 07, 2012, 06:52 pm

I mean...really???? Those price for me are insane.
Is there any cheap//honest store? Chinese mainly.  


Well, the unit price reflects how many you are buying. They are cheap because they can be made, shipped and sold cheaply by the millions. A hobbyist at the end of this supply chain that wants 1-2 of them does not scale well economically.

Some shops give you a discount if you buy more. Check your local Maker or Hackerspace and see if you can share a bulk order.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 07, 2012, 08:11 pm
I have found  mauser.com

that has really good price, but they have TOO MANY items, i really cant find easly the component i need!
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: perhof on Jun 07, 2012, 08:31 pm
You can buy these directly from China/Hong Kong/Thailand on eBay.
Unfortunately it takes a week or two to get the parts to EU but you really can't beat the prices.
It's not the place to go if you're looking for parts for production where it's crucial to match a certain specification but for hobby projects it's perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: CrossRoads on Jun 07, 2012, 08:32 pm
Where are you Piton?
US/Canada - try:
dipmicro.com, lot easier to find things, smaller amount of choices, but inexpensive shipping for hobby type stuff
pololu.com for headers
phoenixent.com for headers, connectors too.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: RPCoyle on Jun 07, 2012, 08:54 pm
Try futurlec.com, they are  good with all of the electronics they stock. They are in China, and have pretty good prices. As was mentioned...SLOOOOW delivery. They got a lot of bad reviews, mostly because the were slow and didn't respond to customers right away. I have gotten a lot us stuff from them and never had a problem.

The wise thing to do is not to just buy one thing from any of these vendors, otherwise shipping will kill you. Order a whole shitload of spare parts and wish list items... you never know when you might need 1000 10K resistors or 50 or so  LM358 amps. :D
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: E40racer on Jun 07, 2012, 09:18 pm
I'm in Belgium and the big wholesalers like RS and Farnell only sell to companies over here. So I buy most of my stuff from Chinese Ebay sellers and Tayda electronics in Thailand. Cheap but you need to have some patience.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 07, 2012, 11:10 pm
I am from italy we have Rs-components but they are hell expensive..
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: JoeN on Jun 07, 2012, 11:55 pm

If you look around on the internet, many stores will give you free samples, where you only pay (admittedly exorbitant) shipping to get small quantities of certain components.  I know Maxim does, but they don't sell the headers you're looking for, so just look around.

Another tip: if you have any reason to get a whole lot of them, do so; many stores give bulk discounts.  Sometimes at ten, though there are some more common parts that don't get a discount until a thousand or so.


Almost all the larger and some smaller semiconductor manufacturers allow for samples.  I think it is a minority that charge shipping, most are free, but they do ask some weed-out questions to try to eliminate jokers and sometimes students (some welcome students, on the other hand).

ON Semiconductor and Freescale have charged me shipping (both old Motorola companies), no one else, and I have gotten samples from Microchip, Amtel, TI, National before they were TI, Linear, etc.

I don't think anyone does headers.  Vishay has samples for their passive components, but it isn't as permissive as the semiconductor companies for some reason.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: JoeN on Jun 08, 2012, 12:00 am
P.S.  A lot of people are recommending taydaelectronics.com.  I made an order with them for a bunch of passive stuff plus MAX7219s which they sell for an unbeatable $1.25.  We will see, I ordered a few days ago.  Futurlec takes two weeks, people say that Tayda gets it to USA in about a week.  Here are your headers:

http://www.taydaelectronics.com/40-pin-2-54-mm-single-row-pin-header-strip.html  
http://www.taydaelectronics.com/40-pin-2-54-mm-single-row-female-pin-header.html

P.P.S.  I like Futurlec too.  They ARE slow, but they will get it to you.  And they are unbeatable on many times of LCD displays.  Bicolor 8x8 60mm displays for $3.90, $3.40 if you buy 25.

http://www.futurlec.com/LEDMatrix.shtml
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: marco_c on Jun 08, 2012, 03:40 am
I use tayda and can recommend them. Always deliver and their stuff is first quality.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: db2db on Jun 08, 2012, 04:10 am

I use tayda and can recommend them. Always deliver and their stuff is first quality.


I like Tayda a lot for some things, but they are not high quality on everything. An example is their toggle switches. Very cheap, and not very good.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Docedison on Jun 08, 2012, 07:18 am
Tayda is Excellent. I have also had very good luck with these.
Link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/220916805966?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_3836wt_1168 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/220916805966?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_3836wt_1168)

Bought them twice and they have always been reasonable for delivery. Also bought 20 sets of 6 & 8 pin stackable headers (40 6 &40 8pin)
For Arduino... great for DIY shields perhaps pricey @ $0.27 ea but priceless at 1 AM when that certain mood strikes...
Link is here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/370610210747?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1925wt_1168 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/370610210747?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1925wt_1168)

Doc
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: terryking228 on Jun 08, 2012, 07:32 am
http://goo.gl/eoTct
30 cents US at 5 quantity, shipping $3.25 HongKongPostAirmail Registered

Lots of other cool connection / cable stuff too.

And here's a lot of how-to using these and other connectors: http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/Cables

What other most-popular connectors / strips do you guys think I should carry?


DISCLAIMER: Mentioned stuff from my own shop...
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: davidcan on Jun 09, 2012, 06:38 pm
I found another site called nordevx.com  I think there prices are normal though.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: kd7eir on Jun 09, 2012, 08:56 pm
I have made several purchases from Terry King's shop YourDuino.com.  Always great prices and fast shipping, but most importantly is the wonderful wiki that he has put together to support all of his products.  I recommend that you take a look around there.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: RPCoyle on Jun 10, 2012, 03:28 am
Tayda looks pretty comparable to quite few others. GoodLuckBuy is also pretty good, ut if you plow long enough through the listings in e-bay you once and a while hit a real bargain on an article offered by many vendors.

What drive me nuts is the "Free Shipping" bullshit. They just add it into the price... but at least you know right off what the total cost will be right away, without having to wait till you go to checkout.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: somanshumehta on Jun 10, 2012, 07:23 am
Try taydaelectronics will help u a lot
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: db2db on Jun 10, 2012, 06:46 pm

Somebody should mention www.futurlec.com

Slow service, but very good prices.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 20, 2012, 02:39 am
I think i'll go with

futurlec.com

Really gr8 prices.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: JoeN on Jun 20, 2012, 03:37 am

I think i'll go with

futurlec.com

Really gr8 prices.


Just beware that all of these overseas shops take a good 10-14 days to get to you.  But they are cheaper.  Futurlec has been good to me but it's 2 weeks each time I order from them.
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 20, 2012, 07:06 pm


I think i'll go with

futurlec.com

Really gr8 prices.


Just beware that all of these overseas shops take a good 10-14 days to get to you.  But they are cheaper.  Futurlec has been good to me but it's 2 weeks each time I order from them.


I'm quite experienced in overseas shopping. So no problem for me... with 1,5€ you buy 10 stripes that here costs 50 cent for every pieces, that's a LOL!
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Piton on Jun 20, 2012, 07:13 pm

I'm in Belgium and the big wholesalers like RS and Farnell only sell to companies over here. So I buy most of my stuff from Chinese Ebay sellers and Tayda electronics in Thailand. Cheap but you need to have some patience.

hahahah farnel has this piece at

4€  Cmnot that's criminal :D!

(http://it.farnell.com/productimages/farnell/standard/1667411-40.jpg)
Title: Re: Is there any cheap component shop?
Post by: Docedison on Jun 21, 2012, 01:13 am
I just shopped GPS modules against Ebay and I can buy 2 GPS modules for what one costs on Futurlec, I bought mine on Ebay two month's ago for $27.00 Free shipping and got it in two weeks. Southern California goes through 1 - 2 weeks of wait at the Port of Los Angeles Customs... Give ME EBAY>>> requires a lot of patience and sometimes you DO get the smelly end of the stick... Butt OH... the Savings. I buy a lot from Ebay and I have about a 98% batting average. The only store to avoid is Sure Electronics... They have some.. neat goodies but they don't back up what they sell, once they told me to just "Ship it back to them" yeah Right. I tossed it.

Doc