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2004\01\20@023608 by Robert Rolf

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Yes, regrettably.

We used to do maybe $10k/year in small quantities developing prototypes
and doing small (50 pc) production runs for clinical trails. Now that I
nearly always go away empty handed, I don't even bother stopping anymore.
Just put the order in to Digikey in the evening and I have it on my desk by
noon. My orders have to be more consolidated to help cover the shipping
cost, but for prototyping, what else can I do? And I always order extra
parts now, on spec that I'll have a use for them soon enough.

And now that Arrow has pulled out of Edmonton (and presumably Calgary),
there is no place to go for the industrial parts commonly used around here
(relays, connectors, etc.).

Do you think that Digikey has killed off the local distributor office?

Robert

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2004\01\20@112109 by Colin Constant

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> > "T.C. Phelps" wrote:
> > > It is nice being able to drive somewhere in the city
> > > and get things right away. So Active's gone the same
> > > way in Edmonton as it has in Calgary -- thought maybe
> > > it was just our store. The last time I went there I
> > > asked for 14 pin dip sockets. "Don't have them, it'll
> > > take 2 weeks to get them in."

"And we're not that interested in doing it, either." is the impression I've
got from Active both in Calgary and Vancouver.

I only go there now for MG Chemicals products.  Last time, I think I got the
last bottle of etchant in the Calgary store.  That was only about 6 months
ago, so I doubt if they've restocked.

Colin

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2004\01\20@121027 by Larry Bradley

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For what it is worth, the Ottawa store is the same. They are a bit better
than Radio Shack, but not much. Since they are no longer owned by Future,
they don't appear to be stocking the same parts. I notice a lot of
bubble-pack stuff, the same kind of stuff that is stocked by a local store
that caters to TV repairmen and the like.

I too just sent off an order to DigiKey, whereas I normally would have gone
to Active.

They should change their name to Inactive - 'cause that's what the stores
are going to be before too long.

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2004\01\20@215300 by Jake Anderson

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the local hobby E-store store here (Jaycar) seems to be disapearing more and
more now. The stores are still there but instead of selling PICs and the
like they now stock "farting salt and pepper shakers"...... yeah.... joy.
And its looking like Farnell are starting to get narky about small orders.
Unless you want a couple of hundred of something they arent all that
interested.


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2004\01\21@072317 by Jonathan Johnson

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and dont forget the loads of crap to jam into all those shitbox cars with
$10k stereo systems in them......and the farting salt and pepper shakers
also bring to mind the 'flyswat gun'......

If I'm designing something for a small run I try to use parts that I know I
will be (or do use) Using in another design with a higher volume. If I need
to use a specialised part I will look for other area's I can funnel some
into just to spread the quantity round a bit if the primary design is only
going to be a small run. you'll be surprised what you come up with whilst
doing this.

The new definition of an electronics shop seems to be developing towards
"retail outlet that stocks LEDs, battery charger's and daylight robbery
priced short lengths of 'specialised' cable" hmmmm, sounds an awwful lot
like Tandy....


cheers,

JJ

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2004\01\21@081958 by Ian McLean

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> and dont forget the loads of crap to jam into all those
> shitbox cars with
> $10k stereo systems in them......and the farting salt and
> pepper shakers
> also bring to mind the 'flyswat gun'......

Add the new electronic roulette game that gives an unsuspecting player a
nice shock.  Wow.  If you want a *real* shocking roulette game, come over my
place and sit on top of my 15kV 1.8kW PSU.  Throw a dice.  If it is a six, I
will flip the power switch :)

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This is surprising yet true of Jaycar.  Their philosophy,
which they continually harp on about, is that they are
dedicated to the electronics hobbyist, and not to consumer
electronics, but you do seem to lose that impression when you
walk into Jaycar these days.

As for Farnell, I really hope they do not change their
philosophy of "any size order, even 1 of something is OK,
and yes, you can pay cash at the trade counter", because I
really rely on them for a lot of components that the "little"
guys don't stock.

Rgs
Ian

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2004\01\21@124108 by John Ferrell

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I have been doing pretty good buying things in small quantities from the
guys that post here. Generally, shipping is at cost the prices are
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fast and PayPal is easy for all.

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