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Prune 13th January 2005 07:10 AM

Vancouver, BC
Does anyone from Vancouver, BC know of surplus or used industrial or electronics stores that might have things like heatsinks, transformers, oscilloscopes, etc.? eBay may have cheap stuff, but shipping across the border of large items is not cheap.

thomas997 13th January 2005 09:39 PM

RP electronics has some surplus stuff, but most of what they have is pricey..

I found it cheaper to get the items on Ebay, there are quite a few sellers in canada.

Heres a list of stores:

maybe some are surplus..

purplepeople 13th January 2005 10:56 PM

Main Electronics and Lee's Electronics are a couple doors away from each other at Main and 29th Ave and they have the occasional thing.

If you are really looking for used stuff, start ripping apart old computer and electronics from garage sales and the big bins behind industrial firms. Heck, just ask around for them. These have sinks, trafos, etc.

Last September during an annual junkyard competition in which I participate, a team member and I found a Mita photocopier in a vacant lot near Brentwood Mall. We hauled it back to the competition and every team proceeded to rip useful stuff out of it, including a timing circuit, a power supply, various DC motors and even the heating element out of the fuser.


thomas997 14th January 2005 02:41 AM

Just spotted this on newsgroups:


Surplus Electronic Parts

We are a small product development company here in Vancouver.
We are about to move to a new location and have quite a bit
of surplus electronics parts for sale. Capacitors, resistors,
ICs. Both regular types and surface mounts. Original cost
over $10k.

Selling in lots, opened to offers.

(604)294-4465 ask for Alan.

Prune 14th January 2005 03:31 AM


dangus 18th January 2005 10:41 AM

How about a road trip to Boeing Surplus down in Seattle? There's cool stuff there. I also found a couple of great surplus dealers in Portland (I think one of them was called Wacky Williy's).

There's government surplus, although you might have to buy a pallet-load to get what you want:

Amateur radio swap meets are an excellent source of parts and gear.

Prune 19th January 2005 12:35 AM

That'll be fun bringing back through Canadian customs...

purplepeople 19th January 2005 01:15 AM

Actually, I've brought stuff back from Boeing Surplus in Kent and it's quite easy.

Keeps the receipts.... you're paying dirt cheap and it's proof that your carbon fibre only cost $10/lb (which about 1% of the real cost). Most of that stuff is used or considered NFG by Boeing so it can be declared as such.

If you get tools, use them on something, then stick 'em in the toolbox in your trunk. If you have used them to fix or adjust something, then you don't have to say if they are being brought in as new.


Prune 19th January 2005 02:17 AM

OK. Now I just need to buy a car... :)

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