I stil buy resistors and power connectors there when my regular supplier
is closed. Also red LEDs (but not white LEDs- Radio Shack they don't
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Both of the stores here carry some small parts yet, but they're not on
the wall anymore. They put in a set of parts drawers, well hidden in
the back corner. Don't expect to find 5% resistors, or a wide variety
of components. I suspect they only carry parts used in their own kits
or used in the few project books they still have.
Radio Shack ("You have questions, we have blank stares" ) is on the
high end when it comes to shipping costs.
I'd suggest looking at jameco.com, digikey.com, mouser.com and the
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The store in Yellowknife used to (a decade ago) carry an extensive selection
of all types of parts, but they appear to be getting out of that in favour
of the manufactured stuff. Recently had to wait 4 weeks while they ordered
a small 'project box' - something they used to stock in a dozen sizes.
Shocking! I guess there aren't that many people willing to build from parts
Why am I in this handbasket?
Where did you say we were going?
Radio Shack is a pretty poor choice if you're looking for a good
selection of electronics components at reasonable prices. Anybody that
lives in a good-sized city should check their yellow pages under
Electronic Equipment & Supplies. Chances are good you'll turn up some
alternate sources that deal in repair parts used by technicians that fix
equipment in factories and other industrial and commercial locations,
and the good ones will have a broader range of components than RS.
I've been a field service tech working in industrial automation and
motor controls for the past 14 years. I wouldn't go to RS for parts
unless it was the only choice for 100 mile radius or all I needed was a
basic toggle switch.
Yes they do, with a cavaet.
The parts are no longer hung from a wall, but are in a bin, at least in my local
However if I may suggest, if you contemplate needing small parts, some companies
to remember, even if they are not local. I believe they do have web sites.
Digikey, Mouser, Jameco.
They all aim at the electronics hobbyist. You can certainly get a better
selection, and probably better prices. But do remember that these products will
have to be shipped to you.
I had to go to Newark Electronics
to get some T-1 white
Frank Eva wrote:
Talk about things going full circle. Back when I was a kid in the
1960's, Allied was THE place to buy electronic stuff. They were
headquartered in Chicago on North Western Avenue, and I lived in
Chicago on South Western Avenue. I went there once or twice as a kid
on the bus and I still have the soldering gun I purchased from them
during those days...and it still works great. I use it to solder
feeders to HO rail.
Somewhere in the 1970's they merged or some such with an "unknown"
outfit reportedly from out east somewhere called Radio Shack, and for
a couple years, if that, they were called Allied Radio Shack.
Eventually we ended up with just the Radio Shacks we all know today,
and I ASSumed that Allied was long gone.
Knight kits forever!
Paul - "The CB&Q Guy"
(and former Chicagoan)
---They don't have many of any one item, and if you buy too many of it,
they discountinue the parts.
Yep. This merchandising technique solves the problem of the sales people
being too busy and cures the inventory replenishment headaches.
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Agreed! I am waiting for them to discontinue the 15v DC 1000ma wall wart. I
have bought 5 of them in the last year for the club that I belong to. They
are all in use on the layout powering tortoise motors.
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