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

Michel Gallant sfxman at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 18:40:44 CET 2010

In Canada, both The Source (formerly Radio Shack) and Canadian Tire have
basic tools, like soldering irons, solder, replacement tips, glueguns,
multimeters, wire, crimpers and crimp terminals, etc.

Additionally, The Source does still carry a small assortment of components
(LEDS, resistors, caps, switches, transistors, and a handful of ICs).
They're expensive as components go but can bail you out in a pinch.

Most towns of a few thousand people should have one or both of these stores
in Canada. (I had to check, there's one of each in the Northwest Territories
and the Yukon Territory, but none in Nunavut, which I found a bit


On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Jeff Keyzer <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
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