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2007\10\10@224705 by Forrest W Christian

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For my "engineering" parts, I'll quite often purchase assortments from
some of the surplus (or non-surplus) vendors.  However, I've got a
couple of gaping holes I need to fill, and don't want to do it the hard
way..  That is, ordering 2-3 of each type I might need.  I'm hoping that
others may have some additional sources I'm not aware of.  (The two
specifics which caused me to ask this question are DB-connectors of
assorted types and styles (solder cup, pcb mount, etc) and coaxial power
connectors).

Note that I'm not looking for just electronic surplus vendors - I'm more
specifically looking for those who have the type of surplus known
generally as "grab bags".  That is assortments such as "50 IC sockets of
various types" or "Transistor Assortment", or even "5 pounds of
miscellenous compoents".

To get things started, I'll list a few I regularly use:

Electronics Goldmine (http://www.goldmine-elec.com )   On the site, search for
"assort" and/or click on "goldpaks" on the left hand side.   Some of the
stuff is awesome, others not so much.  Good for building a base of
certain types of components.  Anytime I end up ordering something from
them, I end up throwing their "Electronic Surprise Box" and "Super
Electronic Surprise Box" in...  Sometimes I'm pleased, sometimes not so
much, but always a surprise, and for the $3.25 or $5.95, definately
worth a try.

Electronix Express (elexp.com), not to be confused with probably a dozen
other companies with a similar name- Search for "Grab Bag" or "assorted"
or "assortment".   I can recommend their inductor kit which I recently
purchased.  Good assortment.   They also have other similar kits.

Futurlec (http://www.futurlec.com) - I've bought IC sockets from them, and
other things like prototyping boards.  Their packs are at
http://www.futurlec.com/ValuePacks.shtml .  One caution: I bought a
whole bunch of L6202's from them which appear to be either mishandled or
counterfeit.   Others on the internet have reported similar with other
higher-dollar semis.  Caveat Emptor.

Jameco Electronics (http://www.jameco.com) - search for "Grab Bag" and/or
"assort".  They have some decent quality grab bags.  I've bought
Crystals and some hardware this way (screws, etc).   They also have some
nice component kits (search "component kits") for things like diodes,
transistors, resitors, etc.

Digikey and Mouser - not generally a big source for this type of stuff,
but I have on occasion bought a specialized assortment (for instance, I
have purchased a set of all values of 1% 1/8W metal film resistors from
Digikey).   Don't expect cheap, used stuff, which is sort of what I
typically look for.

Radio Shack - Still has assortments of certain components.  This is
where I typically buy my 5% resistor assortments.

So, what have I missed?  I purposely skipped All Electronics (not really
any assortments to speak of) and several other places which are similar
(which have lots of good surplus, but not really into the assortment
thing).

2007\10\10@231452 by Marcel Birthelmer

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On 10/10/07, Forrest W Christian <spam_OUTforrestcTakeThisOuTspamimach.com> wrote:
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2007\10\11@014447 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On Oct 10, 2007, at 7:47 PM, Forrest W Christian wrote:

> So, what have I missed?

You missed eBay.   There are a couple of dealers using eBay as their  
storefront, like "Nightfire Electronics Kits": http://stores.ebay.com/
id=22293525 and a substantial number of ... something ... selling off  
assortments of partial reels of SMT components, and and a large  
number of whatever selling mid-sized lots of single components...

BillW

2007\10\11@024742 by Forrest W Christian

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William "Chops" Westfield wrote:

> You missed eBay.   There are a couple of dealers using eBay as their  
> storefront, like "Nightfire Electronics Kits": http://stores.ebay.com/
> id=22293525 and a substantial number of ... something ... selling off  
> assortments of partial reels of SMT components, and and a large  
> number of whatever selling mid-sized lots of single components...

Yes, I realized after I sent this that I should be looking at eBay for
some of this stuff...  Although I'm not sure I would have found the
store you mentioned with typical searches.

-forrest

2007\10\11@031119 by KPL

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> Futurlec (http://www.futurlec.com) - I've bought IC sockets from them, and
> other things like prototyping boards.  Their packs are at
> http://www.futurlec.com/ValuePacks.shtml .  One caution: I bought a
> whole bunch of L6202's from them which appear to be either mishandled or
> counterfeit.   Others on the internet have reported similar with other
> higher-dollar semis.  Caveat Emptor.
>

I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU ordered
from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU customs
problem...

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KPL

2007\10\11@032207 by KPL

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> I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU ordered
> from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU customs
> problem...
>

They responded faster than I would hope for :)
Unfortunately, items are shipped from usa.

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KPL

2007\10\11@041757 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On Oct 10, 2007, at 11:47 PM, Forrest W Christian wrote:

> I'm not sure I would have found the
> store you mentioned with typical searches.

Searchs I find useful are "reel*" and "partial"...

BillW

2007\10\11@045237 by Forrest W Christian

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KPL wrote:

> I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU ordered
> from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU customs
> problem...

From my orders, I know they ship both from outside the US and also from
their US location.  That is, I have had packages arrive from overseas
(can't remember where), and also directly from the US office.

I don't believe the international one was from the UK/EU, though..  I
think more Australia or Pac Rim.

-forrest

2007\10\11@055932 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU
>ordered from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU
>customs problem...

I am not sure if they actually have an office here, or if it is 'just' a UK
phone number forwarded to the US/Canada offices. I know our procurement guy
has tried them at times, and not been impressed, but it may just be who he
talks to or the parts he is trying to order.

2007\10\11@063020 by Tony Smith

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> >I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU ordered
> >from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU customs
> problem...
>
> I am not sure if they actually have an office here, or if it
> is 'just' a UK phone number forwarded to the US/Canada
> offices. I know our procurement guy has tried them at times,
> and not been impressed, but it may just be who he talks to or
> the parts he is trying to order.


Probably Thailand.  Maybe USA.

They have an Australian 'office', and set up a .AU website a while back, but
it doesn't ship from here.

Orders take about 3 weeks (always, being constant is actually good) and I've
never had a problem.  I rarely order anything 'exotic' from them though.

Their 3M ZIF sockets are fakes, BTW.  Mine still work a couple of years
later.

Tony

2007\10\15@101654 by Howard Winter

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On Thu, 11 Oct 2007 10:11:18 +0300, KPL wrote:

> I see futurlec have an office in UK too - has anybody in EU ordered
> from them - do they ship from uk or usa? Same old EU customs
> problem..

I haven't bought anything from them recently, but when I have they tend to come from the Far East - Thailand, if I remember rightly.  Interesting difference from
others is that they use cellophane bags for their internal packs, rather than polythene.  Rather quaint, like things used to be 30 years ago!  :-)

I don't think I've ever had to pay anything to Customs & Excise for anything I've bought from them, even when strictly I should have.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


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