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Parts kits

Post by jcm » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:40 pm


I moved to the US from the UK a number of years ago now. When I was a kid/teenager, I could go to a store called Maplin, which used to be a bit like Radioshack (but much cooler). You could go grab a bunch of parts and they'd have was awesome. Since I've moved here, I've been very disappointed by the lack of ease with which one can just go buy a range of values of certain parts. Yes, there's digikey, Adafruit, and you guys, and yes you have a couple of parts kits (I've ordered one), but I think a lot more can be done. Could you consider carrying separate generic assortments of resistors, diodes, transistors, etc.? It would be awesome if I could just buy "assorted resistors" and get what I used to be able to get - a bag of several hundred through hole resistors, 10 of each type on a strip. Similar for other components.

For some reason, this has to be hard in this country, but I know you can help fix it :)


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Re: Parts kits

Post by leon_heller » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:20 pm

Resistor and capacitor kits, and other components, are available from several suppliers on Ebay.
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Re: Parts kits

Post by souplogic » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:33 am

Jameco also sells lots of passive component kits and grab bags.

Check out: ... CH%252BNAV

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sparkfun is not really a general components store, they sell high-level kits and specialized components (along with documentation and community support) to integrate into electronics projects as well as some tools and assortments where they are advantageous to beginning tinkerers.

I have been trying to nail down a good low-volume, hobby friendly site to supplement stuff I get from SFE, I think Jameco is probably my preference so far.

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