[hackerspaces] where do you buy electronics components and tools?

Jeff Keyzer jeff at mightyohm.com
Tue Nov 2 18:10:29 CET 2010


Thanks for your suggestions!  We have Sparkfun and Adafruit on the list, 
but not the others.


I'm still looking for more response from hackers outside the US!

So far I have:

Conrad in Germany
Maplin in the UK / Ireland
Jaycar, Littlebird, Freetronics, Dontronics, Rockby Electronics in 
Australia / NZ.

And it seems like most Europeans buy online from Farnell and RS Electronics.


On 11/2/2010 9:02 AM, Adam Sheesley wrote:
> I apologize if these would fit into your commonly known list (just 
> 'cause they're common to me doesn't mean they're common to everyone I 
> suppose), but my two cents:
> http://www.sparkfun.com/ - they're just awesome, the end
> http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/ - Pretty nice parts, some original 
> projects, and some dangerous prototypes stuff, direct from China
> http://store.makerbot.com/ - Primarily geared to people that purchase 
> and maintain their 3D printers they have some offbeat stuff at decent 
> prices.  You never know when you're going to need 5 feet of nichrome wire.
> http://www.adafruit.com/ - Some pretty awesome kits and other parts, I 
> have never bought anything from them personally, but I'm pretty sure 
> they're legit.
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Jeff Keyzer <jeff at mightyohm.com 
> <mailto:jeff at mightyohm.com>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     Mitch Altman and I are in the process of writing a book about
>     "Making Cool Things with Microcontrollers (for people who know
>     nothing)."  The book is aimed at complete beginners and encourages
>     people to turn their amazing ideas into reality through the use of
>     microcontrollers.
>     We want to include a list of where to buy parts and tools in the
>     book.  Our readers will need to buy a soldering iron, solder, and
>     miscellaneous odds and ends like wire, batteries, resistors,
>     capacitors, etc.
>     We don't intend for the list to be exhaustive, but I do want to
>     include some highlights for readers around the world.
>     I'd like to know what your favorite places to buy
>     electronics-related items are.  Where do you shop?  Local or online?
>     We are particularly interested in hearing from people who live
>     outside of the United States.  Where do you buy solder and
>     components in Europe?  Asia?  South America?  Africa?
>     Mitch and I are already pretty familiar with the resources
>     available here in the US.  But if you have a place you think
>     absolutely must be on the list (and it's not Digikey, Mouser,
>     Jameco, or Element 14/Newark), I'd like to hear about it.
>     Thank you and best regards,
>     Jeff Keyzer
>     jeff at mightyohm.com <mailto:jeff at mightyohm.com>
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