Places to buy

I'm looking to buy some electronics. I was wanting to see where others were getting good deals.

New or surplus? Surplus will almost always be cheaper...

I shop locally, though 2 of them do ship.

www.jameco.com www.hobbyengineering.com

For Surplus - here's one in your backyard, so to speak:

http://www.sciplus.com/index.cfm

Not so much electronics - but seems like a great place for getting some interesting stuff (certainly gear motors). Never shopped with them before, though.

My favorite places (online) for surplus electronics are All Electronics, Alltronics, and Electronic Goldmine:

http://www.allelectronics.com/ http://www.alltronics.com/ http://www.goldmine-elec.com/

Locally, though, I generally get my stuff from Apache Reclamation and Electronics here in Phoenix (they don't have a website or a catalog - walk-in public welcome, though).

A couple of others:

http://www.bgmicro.com/ http://www.futurlec.com/

Also, see Lady Ada's list:

http://ladyada.net/wiki/findingparts/hobbyist

The sites mentioned so far are fine, but you should also note that these days many "real" disributers will sell to individuals as long as you meet a relatively modest minimum order requirement. I've had great service from http://digikey.com http://mouser.com

dipmicro.com for basic parts and components sparkfun.com for sensors and specialty boards inmojo.com They just started. Designers/makers sell their creations there ebay. They have anything you need but beware of poor-quality knockoffs.