Chepest place to buy supplies?

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Just curious what your recommendations are out there for electronic supplies as I'm been surprised to find how expensive shipping has gotten lately.

I needed to buy some flux pens and the shipping alone was $8.
I just can't justify paring $20 for something so small.

(Yes I'm cheap if you haven't guessed) :D

-Adam
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The following probably don't stock flux pens but for what they do stick they seem to be about as cheap as it gets:
www.futurlec.com

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The company you bought them from will have lost money on the transaction. Stocking the items and processing your order will have cost them more than the profit on $12.

Leon

Leon Heller G1HSM

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You could try Google. I did and I found this:

http://tmt.stores.yahoo.net/kest...

The pen is 6$, the shipping is $4.00

IS that "CHEAP" enough for 'ya? :wink:

FYI, sometimes you just gotta suck it up and pay too.

Jim

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jgmdesign wrote:
You could try Google. I did and I found this:

http://tmt.stores.yahoo.net/kest...

The pen is 6$, the shipping is $4.00

IS that "CHEAP" enough for 'ya? :wink:

FYI, sometimes you just gotta suck it up and pay too.

Jim

I tried google but didn't find any this cheap.
Thanks! This is very reasonable.

-Adam
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Welcome!!

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

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Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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Doh! I went to place an order and 'handling' is $4.... shipping is another $10.

$15+ total for one pen. :-(

-Adam
"Please don't judge my God by my inability to follow him" - Chris Mollins
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Well, one of two choices you must make:
1)Keep looking and waste valuable time
2)suck this pen up and then keep looking for a better solution.

Jim

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

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Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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There's option 3 too...
Wait until I have a large enough order and then toss the pen in with it. I'm betting that $10 covers anything from 1-2 pounds so shipping wouldn't change until I exceed that. ;)

-Adam
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Adam,

You could always buy a dozen of the pens and then sell the balance on ebay ... maybe even at a profit.

Ross McKenzie, Melbourne Australia

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Check your phonebook for local electronics stores, that's the best place to buy a few small items quickly without paying shipping.

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oh dear....

Isn't the reason fuel, and hence shipping, is so expensive now, because of people in general doing this sort of sillyness for the last 50 years??? I mean.. flying a single flux pen around the country (or world) in a bag, when you could walk down the road and buy one?

it's pretty ironic, this discussion about how get the cheapest price for shipping tiny little packages back and forth all over the world, to best keep wasting the non-renewable resource we all depend on, which will keep on driving up shipping prices....

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@JulianHigginson: I don't think a moral judgement of the OP's action of buying a flux pen is called for in this section of the forum. One could argue that your own "sillyness" of posting extraneous moral judgements on the internet is causing the sky-rocketing demand for bandwidth, which requires more IT infrastructure, which in turn requires someone to produce and ship the hardware which in turn consumes a large amount of hydrocarbons.

Your simplistic view of how the world works (especially how you view the correlation between shipping flux pens and what determines the price of petrol) is not best aired in this part of the forum. Feel free to cut and paste this thread into a new thread titled "Oh dear....pity we all can't be as morally superior as me" in the off-topic section.

.....that is if you actually wanted your post to contribute to something (maybe a debate on oil) rather than just as a put down of the OP and his actions.

Back on topic, www.froogle.com is good for Americans and for common items, don't forget that eBay really is the world's biggest garage (yard) sale :)

P.S. My rant is printed on 100% recycled electrons.

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dear dingo.

rather than quoting your whole post, which I should do, but it's right above me here anyway, so here's some little fragments...

"moral judgement"
"actually wanted your post to contribute"
"pity we all can't be as morally superior as me"
"off-topic"
"rather than just a put down"

well, good to see you're getting into the spirit of irony.. though you're not very good at it yet. at least you're trying.

anyway sorry. I didn't really mean to cause offence, or to victimise anyone in particular. but I stand by my feeling it was a really silly question.

to me, complaining that it costs a lot now when you ship one little thing is up there with complaining that it hurts when you bash yourself in the head with a brick. the answer isn't finding what kind of bricks have softer edges so you can keep doing it. the answer is to stop bashing yourself in the head with a brick.

If you really want to talk politics, I think it doesn't cost ENOUGH to ship single things about willy nilly yet.

Anyway... next time I'll just "+1" the local shop suggestion.

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Dingo_aus wrote:
My rant is printed on 100% recycled electrons.
While the number of electrons is conserved, a number of electrons did change from a higher to lower voltage potential in order to transmit and store your message.

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For components and stuff I use www.futurlec.com

For simple tools www.dealextreme.com is the cheapest. Shipping is free.

Examples:

Flux (not a pen but in a bottle)
http://www.dealextreme.com/detai...

Solder Paste:
http://www.dealextreme.com/detai...

The last time I had to buy paste for SMD work, I had to pay $20 a tube from circuitspecialsts.com and pay more for shipping and duties than the paste was worth.

I can not vouch for the paste and flux as I have not used it yet. But I have bought quite a few things from dealextreme, for simple stuff they are good, I would not buy anything more complicated than a flashlight from them.

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Dingo, thanks for the futurlec link. Browsed it before, but wasn't aware it had such a selection. BTW, if anyone is looking for resistor or cap value pack type sets, check here: http://www.futurlec.com/ValuePac...
I only happened across it by checking the whats new catagory. No links to it under the resistor link

Know, if only they would carry some 63/37 solder, and some solder wick and tinning.