this site takes 40$ shipping fee, shuld i buy more?....

as a begginer in this whole electronics as someone suggested i made a BOM list based on this site: www.digikey.com this thing took a while, and i was shocked to find out at the end that the shipping fee is 40$, almost 100% of what i need to pay for the parts.

maybe i'm just another noob who make a mistake and there is another way? or if i must pay those 40$ maybe i shuld stock up with some electronics such as Bread Board Multimeter

or some other parts?

For basic parts like breadboards and the like you will get much better prices on eBay or other direct-from-China sellers (aliexpress.com, dx.com, etc.). Digikey is an extremely reputable company but you're getting all of your shipments from the midwest USA which isn't ideal if you're in Israel (I'm assuming you're in Israel?).

Try Farnell http://il.farnell.com/

RS Components http://il.rsdelivers.com/

or these guys in Thailand http://www.taydaelectronics.com/

CrossRoads: Try Farnell http://il.farnell.com/

RS Components http://il.rsdelivers.com/

or these guys in Thailand http://www.taydaelectronics.com/

to Chagrin: yes i'm from israel

thank you farnell is about the same 31.9$ also is there another thing beside the BOM components (Atmel Processor,capacitors,resistors etc,) that i will need to purchase from digikey in a more advanced stage, such as something that is related to the PCB? maybe a blank PCB?

I am pretty sure digikey ships free if you mail in your order with a check. Weird huh? It's a feature they have offered forever. I haven't ordered from them recently but I am pretty sure they still offer it.

--Dan

I like banggood.com for breadboards. Shipping is free.

I live in Illinois which is two states, a few hundred miles, from Digikey (Minnesota) and I have never been charged more than $6 for Priority Mail. Never purchased anything heavy though, the biggest was a smallish programmer. Components are generally quite light. Too bad the international postage is so bad out of the US. China suppliers seem to get quite a deal. I’ve gotten components from them shipping included for less than what it would cost simply to mail it here, it’s as if the component was free for just paying the postage. How they sent anything internationally for three bucks is suspicious…

Just got this for $2.99 from China. It would probably cost me $8 to return it.

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Yeah - I don't know how you're getting the digikey shipping so high. W/in the continental US, it's like $5 or less. Use US priority mail option for cheapest shipping - and it's fast

Farnell I hear fills a similar role in europe.

DrAzzy - Israel ain't in Europe! Although they do participate in the Eurovision Song Contest...

JoeN: China suppliers seem to get quite a deal. I've gotten components from them shipping included for less than what it would cost simply to mail it here, it's as if the component was free for just paying the postage. How they sent anything internationally for three bucks is suspicious...

I suspect what they do is bundle thousands of postal items in a shipping container, and put it on a container ship. There is so much stuff going to the USA from China, there's probably several ships a day. In China, the labour is so cheap that postal handling charges are extremely low. How they handle it on this end, I have no idea. But it's obviously a well-oiled machine. There must be some money in it for someone! To support my theory, realize that it takes 2-4 weeks for a package to get to North America from China.

I recently bought a proto shield with connectors and a switch from Hong Kong. It was $5 with FREE shipping! It arrived in reasonable time in good condition. I also had to order from one of the big mail order houses a few times. They will only use a courier to ship to Canada from the USA so it was exhorbitant. I only do that when I'm desperate.

DrAzzy:
Yeah - I don’t know how you’re getting the digikey shipping so high. W/in the continental US, it’s like $5 or less.

Because he/ we are not in the US.

Because of these shipping fees, many of us have learnt to simply never even consider buying stuff from the US.

aarg: I suspect what they do is bundle thousands of postal items in a shipping container, and put it on a container ship.

I know that this is what Tayda does, it's their express business model and it works great. They seem to ship everything out of Colorado.

The item I just linked I received today. It was sent directly to me, there were no U.S. stamps or a U.S. return address which you would see if it was crosshipped once hitting the U.S. There was a short customs declaration form on the back side of the envelope.

Same problem here with shipping costs.

Fortunately/unfortunately you can get things from China with shipping included and product cost at 1/20 to 1/10 the cost from N.America. Seems everything is made in China anyway. So goes to the argument.