active components, motors, electronic
kits, gadgets, books, and tools. Some
of their goods are new; others are
surplus. They operate local stores in
St. Louis, MO, San Diego, CA, and
General electronics. New and
HSC Electronic Supply
Mail order, with walk-in retail
stores in Northern California.
Full service general electronics mail
order. Jameco carries just about everything you need, and often at a price
less than the other guys. Resistors,
capacitors, ICs, transistors, diodes, and
other active components; connectors
Jaycar Electronics carries a wide
selection of components, test gear,
prototyping, soldering equipment,
JDR is a direct marketer of electronic components to hobbyists and
the technical engineering communities.
Their catalog is skewed towards PC
components, but they carry plenty of
general electronics (active and passive
components, tools, wire and cable,
etc.), as well.
JK Electronics carries a complete
line of resistors, capacitors, relays,
switches, semiconductors, electromechanical, batteries, adhesives, tools,
and lots more.
Maplin Electronics is a got-it, have-
that electronic components super
store, based in the UK. Of course
they offer the traditional passive
and electronics components, relays,
connectors, and other prime parts.
Marlin P. Jones & Assoc., Inc.
MPJA sells both new and surplus
electronic and mechanical products.
Their assortment of such items as
motors is fairly small, but they make up
for it with a wide selection of other
common (and some not-so-common)
MCM is a mail order retailer of
general electronics and repair parts for
New and surplus components,
motors, and more.
Mouser Electronics is a mail order
components distributor, providing a
full line of products for industry and
hobbyists. All general electronics
are carried, including active and passive
components, wire and cable, hardware, relays, switches, fans, heatsinks,
batteries, component kits, chemicals,
Prime-component distributor to
business and industry; also caters to
hobbyist market, but minimum orders
may apply. Sells large quantities, when
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp.
Nu-Horizons is a full-line electronics distributor, offering the major
brands — and some not-so-major.
Parts Express is an all-around
electronics retailer, selling everything
from sound systems to test equipment,
and from stage lighting to electronic
Surplus electronics, tools. Good
These days, The Shack has fewer
components and other electronics
items for sale at each store, but they
do carry the basics — common value
resistors, capacitors, switches, solder,
electronics construction tools, that
sort of thing. Additional items can
be ordered through the RadioShack
Skycraft Parts & Surplus, Inc.
Skycraft is a veritable surplus mall
of accessories, power supplies, transistors, relays, ICs, wire, cable, heat
shrink, transformers, motors, fiber
optics, test equipment, resistors,
diodes, and other goodies.
Surplus Sales of Nebraska
Surplus electronic parts, including
connectors, passive and active components, electronics hardware, relays and
solenoids, chemicals, and more.
Distributor/online e-tailer of
passive and active components
(resistors, capacitors, transistors, ICs,
etc.), batteries, relays, switches, solder
and soldering stations, tools, and wire
and cable. SV
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gordon McComb is the author of
the best-selling Robot Builder’s Bonanza
and Electronics for Dummies. In addition
to writing books, he operates a small
manufacturing company dedicated to
low-cost amateur robotics (www.bud
getrobotics.com). He can be reached at
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