I found myself in the unenviable position of having to place a small parts order from one of the larger electronics distributors. Often you find a decent price on the component, only to get hit by an outrageous shipping charge. I usually try to wait and group my items so as not to be hit too hard.
- Digi-Key: $19.00 + $2.92 shipping = $21.92 *
- Mouser: $19.00 + $4.99 shipping = $23.99
- Jameco: $24.95 + $2.43 shipping = $27.38
The more expensive option (Jameco) is almost 25% more than the cheapest (Digi-Key). Sometimes it’s worth shopping around a little bit.
Have you found a good (and inexpensive!) source for electronics components?
* I did a little research and found that Digi-Key will give you free shipping if you mail in an order form with a check or money order:
When a check or money order accompanies your order, Digi-Key pays all shipping and insurance (our choice for method of shipping) to all addresses in the U.S. and Canada.