Admittedly, I’m back in the electronics game after a long time away, but as I have been picking up items for my son’s Arduino rig he’s getting for xmas, I’ve been stunned at how LOW prices are getting on stuff, especially from surplus suppliers.
Now I’m in the USA, this might not be the same wherever you are, but I suspect it would be. Admittedly, I’ve had to wait for shipping, but even that duration (packages in less than week by normal postal mail from Hong Kong to Boston) is bearable easily. Several have also been in the USA. Most I found by price-shopping on Ebay and then going to their online stores. A few are ebay only.
Example: I got Optrex 40x2 LCD’s, standard 4/8 bit serial, for $1 each. I got six of em cuz I’ll shelf them for that price. Including shipping, under $15 for half a dozen brand new, brand name LCD’s. $5 for White on blue 16x2. Fifty 3mm LED’s for $3 shipped. Etc etc
Anyone else find these prices a little scary, industry wise, I mean? Are the warehouses for stuff really so backed up that fire sale prices like these are the norm now? I love getting toys cheap, but it makes me wonder how long the toymaker might stick around if he’s losing money…