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Offline jamortTopic starter

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stocking up on parts...
« on: June 19, 2009, 12:09:48 PM »
ok so i did this a little while ago and spent about 400$ but now my supply is getting low.... my queston is have you ever had any experiences with the following site and how were they...
www.futurlec.com
I was going to but off of www.maximurobotics.com cause theyre cheap but these guys look even cheaper...
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 12:53:58 PM »
I ordered parts from them 6 months ago. It's good but you have to be patient, shipping took about 4 weeks (I live in Canada).

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 01:15:49 PM »
yeah that may be different for the us though.. Im looking and its looking like it may be a $40 price difference for what im ordering....
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 05:02:46 PM »
I've ordered off both.  I found maximumrobotics to be nice friendly people who answered my emails quickly and order things in that where out of stock for me.

Futurlec, where cheap cheap cheap. Took quite a while for shipping (to Ireland, maybe a month) and some parts where missing on arrival, but they sent them out when I emailed them. So not a horror story, but I've read about people having trouble with them.

Its a matter of quick delivery and peace of mind against cost.

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009, 01:21:52 AM »
i allways get parts from futurlec, never had a problem with them.
parts are dirt cheap, so is shipping. shipping took ~3 weeks.
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009, 01:53:56 AM »
yeah im just checking not trying to get screwed here... i know hte pats are cheap but ill probably order a good 200$ in compnents cause i went through the other stuff that i got in like 8 months.... and it was a lot.. lol omg i sound like a sixxth grader...   have you tried futurlecs value packs thats what im plannin on getting and so atmeagas i just used my last 8 and only got like 3 16s left...
I need to find pc board in bulk to i got through about 5 pieces a week cause its the summer and im bored... and 5 pieces add up lol
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009, 03:30:57 AM »
what is the best way to pay when ordering off those sites

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2009, 04:40:57 AM »
value packs are good if you just want to have random components around encase you want to experiment a bit.
its a good idea to get a few.
@joker94, i give my dad cash and he pays using credit card. i find this easiest. but i think they do have some other methods

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2009, 08:49:15 AM »
I avoid most value packs.... usually they don't have a good variety, and they will give you some odd stuff like only 3 of an important value like 10k ohms and like 50 of some useless value like 25M or something. Remmber... they don't make value packs to help you, its just a way for them to get rid of all of their random junk  ;D

I just buy component assortmens off of ebay... like 50 values of 50 resistors (2500 resistors!) for 20 shipped, and I'm set for a long time - plus everything is labeled so I don't have to bother going through each component and identifying them.

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2009, 04:03:30 PM »
hmm, i wish they sold resistor assortments to australia :-\
do you think the shipping would be too hard for australia?
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2009, 05:35:50 PM »
@Smash Jaycar sells mixed bags of resistors in Australia, I think Dick Smith (shudder) would too if you don't have a Jaycar.

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2009, 12:29:17 AM »
i never saw mixed resistors is jaycar before?
and why with the shudder for ds? they are alright..
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2009, 03:07:23 AM »
i bought my first lot of assorted resistors from dick smiths. There were only 300 but i didn't know where to start. now i just order in  bulk through aztronics and places like that. I also got a bag of diodes and capacitors(3 sorts). lasted for 2 -3  months and gave me a good starting point

but it is cheaper to order in bulk as i do now but back to topic, assorted packs give people who have no idea where to begin a good starting point therfor can be really handy.

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2009, 10:24:26 AM »
ordering in bulk can be a great thing if you know you will use it, i always get heaps of voltage regulators so i get a discount when i order.

and ps: dick smith and jaycar are way overpriced, ~$1.35 for one voltage regulator! pssshht! futurlec has em for $.35!
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2009, 01:57:06 AM »
I have a friend that works there so I get staff discount. It's an extra 50c to get one that doesn't take 3 months to get here, big stuff I buy online for the savings but its not worth it for the little stuff.

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2009, 03:08:52 AM »
I have a friend that works there so I get staff discount.
man i wish i could work there...
i know that it is more convenient to just go down the road if you need something now but thinking ahead,
if i know i will use more i will get heaps.
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2009, 06:30:15 AM »
i'm not sure but i heard that dick smiths were getting ot of components and just focusing on appliances and computergames

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2009, 02:29:10 PM »
:o those bastards! ;D but that wouldn't entirely surprise me as haven't most radioshacks in America done the same?
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2009, 03:28:33 PM »
yes, some radio shacks carry them and some dont... but either way, they are way overpriced. it is nice to have them when you are working on a project and you run out of something and you need them right away!!
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2009, 01:42:08 AM »
least we will still have jay car

is there an aztronics in nsw

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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2009, 02:21:42 AM »
i think they only have one in Adelaide :-\ http://www.aztronics.com.au/index.html
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Re: stocking up on parts...
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2009, 04:11:06 AM »
It's great, you can bulk buy and you can pop in and pick up a one off.An dfor your basic components it is cheap.

 


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