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Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:56 pm

I've just being looking for a few 5.5 x 2.1 mm DC power plugs and PCB sockets to repair a couple of pedals. Mouser and Farnell are charging £12 and £15 carriage on these making the total cost for 10 of each £35+ , RS have free next working day delivery so they will cost me £20 and arrive on Monday :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby James Perrett » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm

I've been using Ebay a bit more for stuff like this - Switch Electronics seem to have a good selection of bits and 10 of those power sockets would have come to less than a fiver from them including first class postage.
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Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:33 pm

Even cheaper, I tried ebay but didn't find anybody who did both the plugs and sockets together. Happy enough though and RS stuff should be a bit less hit and miss than Chinese stuff bought off ebay.

Will bookmark Switch for next time though.
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Postby MOF » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:40 pm

Maplin still trade on line, free delivery on £20+ Orders https://help.maplin.co.uk/en/article/1/delivery-options
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Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:09 pm

There's not much on the website, certainly no discrete components, just a few gadgets. Apparently Peter Jones from Dragon's Den has bought the name, web domain and IP rights but none of the hard assets so he is building the business up virtually from scratch.
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Postby DGL. » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:27 pm

I needed a German/French plug for an adaptor I was making and RS were the cheapest, total cost was £1!, still got Parcelforce next day delivery, for free!
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Postby N i g e l » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:45 pm

CPC are worth checking out.
Online orders >£8 ex VAT get free delivery
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Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:54 pm

You're right, I thought CPC Farnell were one company so when Farnell wanted £16 postage I didn't bother with CPC........ :headbang:
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Postby nathanscribe » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:41 pm

I think Farnell only charge £15.95 postage supplement when the item is in their US stockist? There's a way to filter those out with the tickboxes on the left. Otherwise, yeah, their sister company CPC are often cheaper for the same parts and you get free shipping at a lower breakpoint.

I used to use Rapid, but Farnell's my go-to these days, along with CPC.
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Postby Trevor Johnson » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:47 pm

Farnell only charge £15.95 postage supplement when the item is in their US stockist

I think that is very likely, Mouser is essentially a US company. But I do use them as their RF bits and pieces catalogue is excellent.

Well worth comparing Farnell and CPC, especially on a big build, as there are often significant differences in pricing, and CPC is not always cheaper, (plus availability too, sometimes).
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Postby N i g e l » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:00 pm

Mouser UK & DigiKey UK - Dispatched from New York I think but only takes a few days.

I like Rapid too but their minimum order charge is, <£30 add £4
not so good for small orders
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Ive used UK Farnell before; 1 order came in several packets from different locations, including Belgium (still next day though).
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Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:02 pm

That can't be good for the planet.....

Yes It was the Mouser.co.uk website I was on and the Farnell one listed the £15.95 carriage (admittedly per order) on every item on the page I was on. They don't make it clear and so lost the (very insignificant) business to RS.
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Postby N i g e l » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:29 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:That can't be good for the planet.....

It gets worse ! if the USA order contains somthing sophisticated, it has to take an extra flight to a controlled technology export center.

As for European distribuition centres (and "stack 'm high music warehouses") that mode may well change shortly.
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Re: RS Components

Postby Trevor Johnson » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:03 pm

ESR Electronic Components at Cullercoats are also excellent, and not being one of the main distributors, have a lot to offer.

For example, I recently bought a lot of NPO low capacitance ceramics for RF filters plus some 100 microamp, moving coil meters.

Great, knowledgeable staff and very helpful.
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Postby N i g e l » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:22 pm

Trevor Johnson wrote:ESR Electronic Components at Cullercoats
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Thanks, they look interesting, I wasnt aware of them.
Cullercoats looks nice.
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Re: RS Components

Postby Trevor Johnson » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:49 pm

"To rock away rock away from Cullercoats and Whitley bay out to rock away"

Dire Straits, Tunnel of Love.

I was at Uni in Newcastle for six years and the Spanish City was somewhere we often visited!
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Re: RS Components

Postby wireman » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:22 pm

Even though I have purchased from more than one variant I find Farnell a bit confusing.

https://uk.farnell.com/
https://www.element14.com/
https://cpc.farnell.com/
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Re: RS Components

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:18 pm

I got the delivery confirmation email this morning and had forgotten I changed the order to 10 sockets and 20 plugs at the last minute, total cost £20.80p
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Postby James Perrett » Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:55 pm

wireman wrote:Even though I have purchased from more than one variant I find Farnell a bit confusing.

https://uk.farnell.com/
https://www.element14.com/
https://cpc.farnell.com/

You can add

https://onecall.farnell.com/

to the list as well (it combines the Farnell, Newark and CPC ranges but is only available to certain customers).
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Re: RS Components

Postby N i g e l » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:52 pm

Trevor Johnson wrote:I was at Uni in Newcastle for six years and the Spanish City was somewhere we often visited!

That looks like it was an inspiring venue :thumbup:

I always wanted to visit the black beaches further south for photography but by the time I eventually got round to making plans they had received the £10milion cleanup !
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