sources of supply

Hi there,

lately I’ve spent a great deal of time hunting down certain arduino related hardware like led drivers sparkfun gadgets and so on. Most of the time just to find out that certain device don’t seem to be sold in “the old europe” - at least I can’t find them. Having scanned the usual locations (rs components, digikey, farnell …) I’m close to madness. In general I’m not against placing overseas orders, but only if need be.

So here’s what I propose:

Start a sticky thread collecting verified sources of hard to get / “kewl” things, possibly localized (europe/us/…):

  • ledriver XZY… specs… → digikey
  • best rgb led ever → farnell

and so on.

what say you ?

yea / nay

I bougth a lot af arduino related staff overseas

shipping to old europe may take some days more, but even shipping between italy and germany may take a couple of days

I never paid duties on top

so try it, it works

I prefer paying with paypal, it boosts delivery

and: some people sell it international via ibäh

Well, I wasn’t opposing international orders in general. But it’s a matter of size and numbers isn’t it ?
Buy one arduino-nano here, buy 2 fancy led panels there… it all adds up. Nobody want’s to pay more p&p than what the stuff is actually worth.
I still refuse to believe that these parts cannot be found over here. It’s not like we still use wick & tallow during the dark hours.
And the only distributor shipping some of the sparkfun doodads I found sits in the uk and won’t ship stuff off that island.

All I’m saying is that time shouldn’t be wasted searching for stuff, if it’s likely that somebody else has done that before.
Business dudes might call it “synergy effect”.

heck, I’ll just make a start:

a) 8x8 led matrix, red, 6x6cm, rows: common anode, lens type: clear
b) 8x8 led matrix, RGB, 6x6cm, rows: common anode, lens type: clear

http://ledsee.com
http://stores.ebay.com/LEDSEE-electronics
http://stores.ebay.de/LEDSEE-electronics
http://stores.ebay.nl/LEDSEE-electronics

I’m not getting any money from them, in fact I’m going to order a few of those.

Finally, sucess ;D

heck, I’ll just make a start:

a) 8x8 led matrix, red, 6x6cm, rows: common anode, lens type: clear
b) 8x8 led matrix, RGB, 6x6cm, rows: common anode, lens type: clear

http://ledsee.com
http://stores.ebay.com/LEDSEE-electronics
http://stores.ebay.de/LEDSEE-electronics
http://stores.ebay.nl/LEDSEE-electronics

I’m not getting any money from them, in fact I’m going to order a few of those.

Finally, sucess ;D

Cool, the shop-info says the Leds are ready to be shipped from China!
Not really a local supplier. ::slight_smile:

Eberhard

Well, at least they deliver. And I consider a local ebay site as local :wink:

And if you have a look at the price, it’s approx. just a third of what the sparkfun retailer on “the island” charges…