Getting components in the UK

Where is the best place to get components in the UK, I don’t think Farnell OR Radio Spares will sell the general public ? I know about Maplin but the don’t seem to sell a ATMEGA168 … ::slight_smile:

Farnell do sell to the general public, you will have to order by credit card and there is a minimum oder of around £25. While not being the cheapest their quality of service is excellent and you get a free (well it’s in the price of the components) next day delivery. I have been using them for at least 20 years.
RS however never used to sell to the public but this might have changed.

GREAT, Farnell looks the best CPC.co.uk seems to do a very cut down list of things for ‘joe pub’ !

You may also want to look at Futurlec http://www.futurlec.com/index.shtml

The are cheaper than Farnell and don’t have a minimum order value. It does take a week for an order to arrive but shipping charges are reasonable. If you are in a rush, Farnell orders usually turn up next day, but if you can wait a week or so Futurlec have all kinds of stuff at very good prices.

Is Futurlec a UK company ? don’t want to end up paying Duty & VAT …

Futurlec has an office in the UK but ships from the far east. I have not had any customs charges on my orders from them. Note that you will pay VAT for orders from Farnell, unless you are VAT registered.

Thanks Mem, No not VAT registered I used to get stuff stuff via RS where I used to work :-X :smiley:

Bit of a lack of ‘good’ suppliers in the UK no Sparkfun,Conrad etc,etc :frowning:

Note that you will pay VAT for orders from Farnell, unless you are VAT registered.

Not strictly true.
You have to pay VAT on everything you purchase in the EU.

Farnell prices are VAT exclusive, they add VAT on when you order whether you are registered or not. If you are registered then you claim the money back off Customs & Excise when you make your quarterly returns. If you have spent more money on VAT than you have collected they give you back the difference.

Stuff ordered from outside the EU has to have VAT collected on it. For small amounts this is collected by the post man, although sometimes they don’t bother.

Note that you will pay VAT for orders from Farnell, unless you are VAT registered.

Not strictly true.
… Stuff ordered from outside the EU has to have VAT collected on it. For small amounts this is collected by the post man, although sometimes they don’t bother.

Actually, that is not strictly true.

For goods purchased outside the EU, import VAT is not payable if the value is under £18.

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_001454&propertyType=document

I’ve ordered from futurlec, I’m in france, and I never had any kind of Custom officer or Postman asking me for VAT etc… I’m not really aware of how VAT etc… works but I only paid what futurlec told me on the checkout page.
Anyway, another great way to have components is to use samples programs from the manufacturers.
Check it out here > http://play-collective.net/blog/archives/56

http://tinker.it/ukstore/index.php sell some SparkFun products. Saves on the postage for the UK

http://tinker.it/ukstore/index.php sell some SparkFun products. Saves on the postage for the UK

For components futurlec are cheaper even with their slightly higher postage charge. But they are slow and I think tinker.it business supports some of the Arduino developers and if so that alone is a good reason to buy from them.

Farnell, RS and Rapid all sell to private customers in the UK without much hassle.

www.farnell.co.uk
www.rswww.com
www.rapidonline.com

Between the three, I pretty much always found what I needed. Personally, I found Rapid to be the most convenient source, although the others tend to have a larger selection.

Martin

For small amounts this is collected by the post man, although sometimes they don’t bother.

And watch out – the Post Office adds an £8 charge for collecting the vat and/or duty from you.

Mike

For small amounts this is collected by the post man, although sometimes they don’t bother.

And watch out – the Post Office adds an £8 charge for collecting the vat and/or duty from you.

Mike

Mike, have you ever been charged VAT or duty for a package with a value under £18 ?

I don’t recall, to be honest, but I don’t think so.

I’ve only been charged the £8 by the post office once. I bought a few bits from ladyada totalling about £30 IIRC. The £8, in addition to whatever VAT / duty I had to pay, certainly impacted the price. I may have done things differently if I had known.

Mike