We've had a few people asking where they can buy electronic parts. I'll post a few links here, but anyone is welcome to follow up with other sites they like, preferably with a short description. Hopefully, we'll get a good listing of worldwide distributors. The newest revision of this list is based on the Zagat survey. Instead of using our own reviewers, however, the ratings come off of Reseller Ratings, as do the quotes and paraphrases. Here is an example:Ed Chen and Friends
Despite the “small size” of this “almost boutique” retailer, most who visit are “thoroughly impressed” by the “personal service” and the “impeccable handling” of their orders. While the prices are “nothing to write home about”, the selection is “incredible”.
Most of it is self-explanatory but the number before the slash (9.67) is the reseller’s lifetime rating on resellerratings.com and the number after (24) is the number of lifetime reviews. All of these retailers are internet retailers, so some form of credit card is assumed to be accepted unless otherwise specified.
An "awesome selection of common and not-so-common electronics-related parts" is what draws people to this "great reseller". "The service, speed of processing, shipping and notification" leave people "very pleased".All Electronics
“A do-it-yourselfer's paradise”, All Electronics boasts "very good selection, even better prices". "Superfast shipping" makes this the place to go to "all the time, every time".BG Micro
Prepare to be "suprised at the speed and quality" of this online retailer. With customer service that's "quick to respond and very friendly", "they're taking care of everything". While the online "order total does not include shipping", the "shipping cost is not inflated one bit".Circuit Specialists
For "fantastic prices on some pretty hard to find stuff", "this company is great". Shipping is "prompt", but "they charge $10+ on each order".Digi-Key
"An excellent resource for small businesses and hobbyists", Digi-key threatens to "uproot Newegg" as some people's "favorite retailer to do business with". With "outstanding selection" and "great prices", expect to be "pleased with their service". While "they don't tell you shipping charges until the items are actually shipped", prices are "extremely reasonable" and orders are "well packed and safely delivered". Potential customers should be aware that they "assess a small order fee of $5 for orders under $25".Excess Solutions
“Excellent prices on surplus electronics and fans” are what draw people to this vendor with “tons of integrity”. Although the “shipping could be a little faster” and there is a USD 25 minimum order; the “nice prices”, especially on fans, make this place worth looking into.Hosfelt Electronics
"Very good pricing and fast shipment" keep "impressed" customers coming back for more. Their "website is nicely laid out, the choices immense".Jameco Electronics
With the "lowest price around" on some components, Jameco has a good track record with people looking for "hard to find electronic components". Even if "shipping was a little expensive" prices can still be "lower than other stores".LS Diodes
"The best place to get LEDs bar none", LS Diodes gets "everything right". From "great prices" to "free LEDs included in a separate labeled baggie", to "cheap delivery" that is "nothing short of speedy", this retailer leaves customers wondering "what more do you need?"Luminous Film
EL strip by the foot. Expensive, but comes in lots of colors.McMaster - Carr
With a "huge on-line catalog", McMaster is the place to go for "clearflex tubing among other watercooling parts". Shipping is "a tad high", but it's fast enough ("even ground orders arrive within a day or two") that most people are willing to "let that go".Mouser
"Never a problem, never a backorder, always on time" seems to be a pattern at this company that comes "highly recommend". Even though "their lack of images for products online is an annoyance", their customer service is always "ready to help". Shipping is "very prompt".Newark Electroncs
While “indispensable for various components and the occasional hard-to-find item”, “they don't tell you how much it's going to cost to ship your order”, which could be anything from “not bad” to “outrageous” and their stock updates can be “untimely”. Still, Newark “seems to have the best selection of components” and is “the only source for some items”.Quickar Electronics
Ultra bright (110 lumens) specialty LEDs are the main draw to this surplus distributor. They also stock a large selection of fans and what have you.
UK (with regards to cpemma of Bit Tech, from whose post
the first five of these companies were lifted):Maplin Electronics
- General electronics distributor with a pretty good electronics selection.Farnell
- Lots of components and general lab related what-have-you.CPC
- Apparently a subsidiary of Farnell aimed towards individuals.ESR
- Good for small orders.RS Online
- General lab/office supply with a hefty electronics section. (No relation to Radio Shack)
- Good selection, but interface can be confusing.