Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sun Oct 7 00:26:39 CDT 2007
On Fri, 2007-10-05 at 23:31 +0100, Tony Duell wrote:
> Maplin have really gone away from the hobbyist electronic market towards
> PC-clone modules, cinsumer electronics, etc. Gone are the days when you
> could go to the enarest Maplin in your lunchbreak to get the bits needed
> for the afternoon's hardware hacking. In fact these days, even if it's in
> the catalogue, there's a good chance it won't be in the shop. Most
> interesting items are 'order only'
I've started just buying components from suppliers on eBay. Case in
point was a couple of months ago when I needed an LM723 regulator chip
for the power supply in a synthesizer - Maplin listed them, but for
about £2 and "online order only", with a lead time of two weeks.
I bought a tube of 10 for a fiver including shipping, from someone on
eBay. It arrived within four days.
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