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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2010, 02:18:20 pm »
how do you get a business account with RS ? I'll have to look into that
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2010, 03:21:16 pm »
Yeah, it's Farnell, but it's called Newark here in Mexico.

It's a place qhere I can get smd stuff, there are other online stores but they collect so much in taxes from importing and that stuff. Newark is fair, a bit expensive but fair with the taxes.

There is no shipping price.  ;D
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2010, 03:36:50 pm »
I was quite a fan of Farnell for a bit but now I am starting to see quite a price shift compared to RS, if you order a lot of gear then it can well work out cheaper with RS, for example my regular supply of 500 78L05 chips
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2010, 03:58:41 pm »
Rapid Electronics are definitely the cheapest UK supplier but you need to spend over £35 excluding VAT to get free delivery.

RS Components are based in Corby so if you want it urgently you can drive there and pick it up, but it's more convenient you you than it is for me.
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2010, 04:04:02 pm »
Yes I've used rapidonline as well and do occasioanlly when amazingly they have what RS/Farnell does not or can beat their price. Their range is not as good as they cater for the hobbiest but they are certainly handy. I've never actually bothered to collect my stuff from RS as I figured the petrol would cost as much if not a bit more and their deliver next day.

Lots of people go on about Digikey but i have found them to be dearer than both RS and farnell in the UK, maybe chesper in the US
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2010, 05:51:23 pm »
In my experience Rapid beats RS and Farnell most of the time on price. The trouble is that they don't have such a great range and the free delivery threshold is much higher.

I'd also say, never rule out Maplin, I've found them to be cheaper than RS, Farnell and Rapid on the odd occasion and there's a store in Bedford which is convenient for me.
 

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Re: hot to solder SMD
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2010, 06:03:14 pm »
yes rapid do beat others on price but generally I find it a task as it is researching my "shopping list" on both farnell and rs and knowing that rapid does not hold anywhere near as much stuff I generally don't bother. another resourse is ebay.

Maplin I hate, they are ok for raw materials ie parts and chemicals but I will never ever trust them again with anything more, I have been done too many times or found them to be of poor quality AND overpriced, basically going to maplin for me is as big a pot shot as getting it on ebay but on ebay but on ebay I will pay a third of the price. maplin's website is not very good either. sometimes I value my time over the small price difference
 


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