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Old 17th February 2007, 02:21 AM   #1
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Angry Electronic hobbiests black hole

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Some of you may remember that I move to Regina Saskatchewan from big city Ontario about three years ago, things here have been relly busy and I haven't had much time for my hobby until recently. I have discovered that I live in and electronics black hole, we have one part store B&E Electronics and they don't stock anything!

For instance I went in to day for an op-amp, a few trimmer pots, an audio pot, a battery and a few other things but came away empty handed, why? NO STOCK that's why! OK so here is what I wanted, you be the judge... LF353, 5K and 50K single turn trimmer, 1 meg pot and a BR 1/2A. OK so the battery may be a little obscure but they had none of this stuff, NONE, I have been to this store 6 times and only once did they have a couple of the things I wanted.

DAMN

I am sick and tired of having to buy everything I need online, it would be nice to be able to just do some spur of the moment projects without waiting 3 weeks for all the parts to show up.

So I decided to take a trip to Toronto and go to Active Surplus with $1000 and buy as much common stuff as I can think of so that I'll finally have some stock around here, the only thing I'll have to buy as I need them are electrolytics because it troubles me to have them go bad sitting on a shelve.


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Old 17th February 2007, 03:10 AM   #2
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Old 17th February 2007, 03:32 AM   #3
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[BSo I decided to take a trip to Toronto and go to Active Surplus with $1000 and buy as much common stuff as I can think of so that I'll finally have some stock around here, the only thing I'll have to buy as I need them are electrolytics because it troubles me to have them go bad sitting on a shelve.



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I had the same problem, and chose pretty much the same cure. Bought the wast majority of the electronics from a closed russian navy base

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Old 17th February 2007, 03:44 AM   #4
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damn that sucks! sorry to hear that ****! i cant imagine that situation of living, ha ha. you guys dont have any radio shacks up there? they would have all those items, not the best but ya.
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Old 17th February 2007, 03:53 AM   #5
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I know how ya feel - I live 20 minutes away from Jameco, and it sucks to have to wait 2 hours for them to have my order ready for pickup at will-call.

sorry about that... I know, I'm spoiled. Have fun with your shopping spree!
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Mmmmmmm......Jameco.
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Old 17th February 2007, 03:58 AM   #7
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Mmmmmmm......Jameco.
yep, they're great - they happily fill my orders for a few bucks worth of bits and pieces that I didn't realize I needed last time I was there to pick up a few bucks worth of bits and pieces, and have it ready at the will call counter for a drive-by DIY fix. Now if they would just put in a drive thru....
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I have discovered that I live in and electronics black hole,...................................
It is getting this way in the UK.

Most of the small component shops have closed.
Radio Shack / Tandy went consumer/mobile phone before selling out to a phone company.
Maplins still have many stores but the bias is going away from components.

Which leaves the mail order stores, most of which are trade orientated.


Whenever I go past a garage sale, if there is a box of components at a reasonable price, I will buy it (much to HER displeasure- funny how women do not understand!)
Another source is Ebay - again for boxes of parts.

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Old 17th February 2007, 07:54 AM   #9
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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).

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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).
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!
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