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'[BUY]: International Component Suppliers'
2001\10\29@144353 by John Maud

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Would anyone care to share their list, links, or comments, on reliable
international component suppliers with me. I am looking to purchase a
few hundred US dollars' worth of components from  a distributor
offshore, mainly Dallas and Motorola (fortunately we have an excellent
PIC disty here, so none of them on the list).

Thanks

John
South Africa

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2001\10\30@041118 by Graeme Zimmer

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Hi John,

> Would anyone care to share their list, links, or comments, on reliable
> international component suppliers with me.

http://www.farnell.com

Prices somewhat high, but incredible range of components and excellent
service.

The printed catalog is a "must have", however their on-line catalog is not
quite so good.

Aparently the catalog and range varies somewhat from country to country...

....................... Zim

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2001\10\30@060701 by Alan B. Pearce

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>http://www.farnell.com

>Prices somewhat high, but incredible range of components and excellent
>service.
>
>The printed catalog is a "must have", however their on-line catalog is not
>quite so good.
>
>Aparently the catalogue and range varies somewhat from country to
country...

Similarly with rshttp://www.com who are a major competitor to Farnell, and
produce a similar multi-volume catalogue. Their CD catalogue is a lot better
than Farnell's though from the usability point of view. Many companies in
the UK use these two companies as their "Just in Time" parts suppliers
because of their overnight delivery times. You may find that there are South
African branches of both, else try going through their Australian branches.

Both companies supply a wide range of items from electronic components
(including a wide range of surface mount) through test equipment and books,
mechanical parts (plastic boxes, metal chassis, extruded aluminium brackets,
wide range of heatsinks, screws, nuts etc) to health and safety items
(ladders, hard hats, safety labels, yellow/black stripe tape etc).

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2001\10\31@125507 by steve

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> > Would anyone care to share their list, links, or comments, on
> > reliable international component suppliers with me.
>
> http://www.farnell.com
>
> Prices somewhat high, but incredible range of components and excellent
> service.

It pays to check the Farnell prices. I bought my scope through
them because they were cheaper than the local Tektronix disti by a
few hundred dollars. They are also competitive on some of the PICs
for around the 100 qty.

The two international suppliers that I use the most are Digikey for
qty < reel and Future (although MOQs apply). Digikey has a good
website for ordering and they have improved the international
ordering a bit. Watch the freight costs though.

Future have local guy here, but like most of the suppliers, they are
a) generally hopeless and b) small business unfriendly. However, I
deal directly with an account manager in Canada and get really
good service. I think he's spent more money on "how's it going"
phone calls than I've spent on components. YMMV.

Steve.

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