Surplus shops in England..............

Buttercup

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Does anyone know of any????
America seems to be brilliant for this sort of stuff
but it seems to be dying out a little here.

Thanks
 

zebra50

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The only place I know is M&B radio in Leeds - lots of odd electrical parts, scopes and loads of radio ham stuff.
I've had a lot of XLR plugs, polystyrene caps, kettle sockets, mains filters and some toroid cores from there.

The opening times are hit and miss though - you have to take a chance.

z50
 

Mark Burnley

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Here's a list of component suppliers/electronic surplus companies in the UK. I haven't included the "usual suspects" Farnell, RS, Craplin etc:

1. Greenweld:

Surplus electronics company. They used to be pure surplus, but now do a weird mix of surplus, new components and tools. Here's their site-

www.greenweld.co.uk

...their website isn't that easy to nav, but the best thing to do is get on their mailing list. Nice fat 30+ page free catalogue every coupla months. P+P= £3.75


2. WCN Supplies:

This is a great small surplus company. Used them loads over the years. Some excellent surplus bargains...I picked up a 6U desktop Rack enclosure for £35 a few years ago :D Here's their site-

http://www.wcnsupplies.net/

Don't be put off by the minimal website. Again, it's best to get their free catalogue every few months. P+P only £2.25!

3. Squires Model and Craft Tools:

Don't be deceived by the name! I sent off for their free catalogue, and received a 620 page A5 size catalogue! Stacks of stuff. Tools, soldering irons and accessories, toroidal transformers, relays, 12-way rotary switches, a great range of ICs including my favourite VB408 VRegs, transistors diodes, bridge rects etc. Orders over £7.50 are FREE!! Here's their site (appears to be down at the 'mo)-

http://www.squirestools.com/

4. ESR Components:

Another great supplier of new components. Great ranges of semis and passives. Very good value. Download their catalogue in PDF, or send off for the paper copy. P+P only £2.50+VAT for small orders. Very fast service too. Website-

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/esr/main.html

5. Bowood Electronics:

More good value new components. Fast turnaround too. Here's their website-

http://www.bowood-electronics.co.uk/

...some good "£1 Bargain Packs" too for all the basics, 1N4148s etc-

http://www.bowood-electronics.co.uk/index.php/cPath/35

6. MODE Components:

Very good supplier of ICs and semiconductors, including an incredible obsolete device finding service. Website-

http://www.btinternet.com/~g4kqu/Mode_Components/home.html

...you're best off actually phoning the guy. Very helpful!

7. Canford Audio:

Say no more. OEPs, Lundahls, Sowter etc etc. They say "trade only", but I've never had any problems! V. fast service. Website-

www.canford.co.uk

Just a word of advice- order their catalogue and save hours of frustration with their online page-by-page PDF's :D

8. Studiospares:

Good for some studio bits 'n pieces. But mostly good for their very handy catalogue with lotsa lovely piccies of mics and outboard!

http://www.studiospares.com/

9. Display Electronics:

Awesome selection of surplus including audio transformers and whatknot. Spend a few hours "browsing" around here-

www.distel.co.uk



10. N R Bardwell:

Just check this place out...

http://www.bardwells.co.uk/

...I've bought some amazing "treasures" here over the years :D

(and if you manage to de-code their "downloadable catalogue", this is an achievement in itself ;))

And save the best to last.....

11. Mainline Surplus!

http://www.mainlinegroup.co.uk/mless/main.php?act=main&bar=Catalogue

I love this place. I always order too much...but never enough, if you know what I mean I know Jonathan H got some good scores here too....

Well I don't think any of these will blow Skycraft out of the water, but between all these places I can usually find what I want. And if you don't know what you want, send some money in an envelope to-

www.maplin.co.uk

...and they'll send you what they want to send you!

One final tip- I get some of my best "surplus" and junk/treasure finds at Radio Fairs. Check here for the latest "action"-

http://www.pwpublishing.ltd.uk/rallies.html

You'll never fail to find a "bargain" at these places!

Mark

(edited and updated version of a post I did at TT!)
 

gyraf

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Thanks, Mark!

There's some very good things there!!!

Could you add this to your "Useful Information for Newbie DIYers (and others!)" Meta?

Jakob E.
 

Mark Burnley

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Sure thing Jakob,

I'm busy reorganising and updating the META at the moment- I've got so much material I've had to rethink the layout!

:thumb:

Mark
 

Buttercup

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Thanks Mark!!!!!

Loads there I haven't come across.
Definitely need to get to one of those Rallies.
And buy a bigger house to put everything in!!!!!!!

Giles
 
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Just found it on the web....
Free mail catalogue..
Normal electrical components stuff..
Check out the search by category - much better that the other searches...

Sheet Metal offcuts, sheetmetal sales, electronic component sales, 2n3055 4 for £1.80 etc..., oscilloscope probes for £11,

CITEK. 100K ohm linear track pots 2 for 80pence - are these any good?
Bourn 5k precision posts for £1.95
 

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