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Old 17th February 2007, 08:41 AM   #11
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I can second West Florida Components, I got some Qs from them about 6 months ago. Great value, and 2 day delivery to the UK. That's quicker than some UK based suppliers!
Ditto....Great Supplier.

Well worth using!!!

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Old 17th February 2007, 11:52 AM   #12
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Here I am, living near the high tech capitol of the world, and I have to spend this morning driving nearly two hours each way to buy some resistors and perf board. Radio Shack is useless- the ones around here have nearly zero parts in stock, they really only sell cell phones and batteries- and the independent electronics shops have all gone belly up.

Electronics construction is a rapidly dying avocation.
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Old 17th February 2007, 12:32 PM   #13
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That's why I like trips to Dayton, home of Mendlesohns', they buy truckloads of cast off supplies from Wright Patterson, NCR, etc. etc. (everything from the smallest ic's to power plant transformers)... only problem is the wife gets bored while I'm hunting thru the 4 factory floors of bins of stuff

Actually, the basement/1st floor of Mendlesohn's is where partsexpress started in the early '80s... I remember staring at rows and rows of speakers there...

too bad it's a 3 hour drive now...

..and then there's HamVention.. ultimate home of the propellerhead...
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Old 17th February 2007, 01:01 PM   #14
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What you need is a trip to Japan.


Ahkihabara is the cure for what ails you.

When I did investment banking I would pull the Japan trips around a weekend so I could visit the Ahkihabara -- and the department stores in Japan have wonderful children's departments so there was always something nice for the kids and wife.

A real true black hole for electronics enthusiasts is the Dayton HamVention in May --
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Old 17th February 2007, 02:09 PM   #15
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Fortunately I can do a 1-1/2 hour drive to Vancouver if I need something right quick.
I used to do a 15-minute drive to Maplin's main warehouse (before they closed its shop), but worked out it's cheaper to go elsewhere online, pay delivery and wait till next day. Same applies to computer parts; petrol price + local price > online price + delivery cost.
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Old 17th February 2007, 02:16 PM   #16
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In Regina you should buy a shiny new consumer product not build it yourself!

otherwise they might arrive at your door one day with sputtering torches, pitchforks and other various farming implements.
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Old 17th February 2007, 02:38 PM   #17
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I'll have to agree with Sy-The Radioshack here sucks . I mail order just about everything.
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Old 17th February 2007, 05:48 PM   #18
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BE CAREFUL!
In Regina you should buy a shiny new consumer product not build it yourself!

otherwise they might arrive at your door one day with sputtering torches, pitchforks and other various farming implements.

LOL! Kinda seems that way at times!
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Old 17th February 2007, 05:50 PM   #19
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What you need is a trip to Japan.


Ahkihabara is the cure for what ails you.

Ahhhh MAN! I'm salivating all over myself. That is EXACTLY what I need but then again the added cost of getting there and back.... YUP still worth it!
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Old 17th February 2007, 05:52 PM   #20
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Oh man, I hear you guys.

Fortunately I can do a 1-1/2 hour drive to Vancouver if I need something right quick. But what IS available locally is so overpriced it isn't funny

Buy in bulk off Ebay from reputable folks. dpi4parts, westfloridacomponents and a very few others are great people who are honest and don't pad their shipping fees (If they say $6, the stamp on the box will actually be $6).

Cheers!
Just went and purchased a bunch of stuff from these guys... I was almost giddy with the prospect of their selection... credit card is probably gonna get bruised this weekend!

THANKS!
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