Holy macaroni there’s a lot of stuff out there.
Continuing my electronics adventures, I’ve now received most of the “big” parts I need for what I’m planning for my first project. It’s almost like christmas came early this year! There’s still a lot of planning to do, but I’m already working ahead of that. Decided to take a look and see where I can best order the smaller parts needed for this and future projects. Turns out most electrical components are dirt cheap!
Found a nice site where you can buy specific parts, and ordering in bulk gets you fairly large price reductions for every digit you add to the quantity. What’s more, they have a seemingly endless array of products. Even if you want one very specific component, they’re able to offer ten slightly different versions of it. Insane!
And then there’s good ol’ eBay. Cheap Chinese knockoff stuff that’s less than half the price but just as good as if not identical to the real thing. Six hundred pieces of assorted resistors? $2.80. Free shipping, too. It’s probably nothing new for those things to be so cheap, but the sheer amount of ’em just blows my mind. I feel like that’ll be enough to last me a lifetime!
I guess this is the point at which I just order “a hundred of everything” because there isn’t very much I can lose by doing so?