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More stores for you.

 

Online

http://www.sparkfun.com/

http://www.digikey.com/

http://www.jameco.com/

http://www.newark.com/

http://www.store.43oh.com/

http://www.taydaelectronics.com/

http://www.parallax.com/

http://www.elexp.com/

 

Local

Radio Shack (with 7,150+ locations, one should always be near you.)

Fry's (With 34 locations, this store is hard to find, but really worth visiting it if you find or have one near you. It's a walmart {or other similar mega-store} just about electronics.)

 

Other

eBay

Amazon

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For those in the UK:

 

Online

http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk

http://uk.farnell.com/

http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/

http://www.skpang.co.uk

 

High street store

http://www.maplin.co.uk

 

 

Shouldn't https://estore.ti.com/ be up in the main listing for Stellaris? (There's free international shipping so still cost-effective wherever you are.)

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Local

Radio Shack (with 7,150+ locations, one should always be near you.)

Fry's (With 34 locations, this store is hard to find, but really worth visiting it if you find or have one near you. It's a walmart {or other similar mega-store} just about electronics.)

 

Other

eBay

Amazon

 

ebay and amazon are pretty given, like shopping at newegg or tigerdirect... and Radio Shack never carries 1/100th of the things I need. Like the one here... only has 1 inductor, a large RF choke. I would consider them to be a last minute must-have-more-solder type place than a component store... I have yet to look at the components at Fry's... it's too far to drive.

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One other place where I buy things online in the UK is http://bitsbox.co.uk flat shipping of £1.75. Always had next day delivery (when not ordered on a weekend.. then it arrives Tue)..

 

They are reasonably priced for most of the bits Ive gone there for, bit I mainly go there when I need staples and don't have the patience for China shipping.

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+1 on BitsBox. Good range of basic stuff and cheap postage.

 

I get a fair bit of stuff surplus and am usually pleased with what I get. The only exception was a batch from a certain retailer based in Sheffield, whose name begins with 'B'. Total and utter junk.

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Fry's (With 34 locations, this store is hard to find, but really worth visiting it if you find or have one near you. It's a walmart {or other similar mega-store} just about electronics.)

 

I like Fry's, but when they run out on the electronic components they don't restock. Shelves were empty for so many months on standard passive components (resistors, capacitors, etc.) that I stopped considering them for that.

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I am considering buying something from banggood.com.

Is this a good idea or am I taking a risk?

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I'm in the US, and I've generally had good results with Banggood.  Their products are pretty much the same as you would find on Ebay, but they appear to care about customer service, at least in my experience.  The biggest issue for me has been shipping.  On two occasions I've paid a higher price to get something from the US warehouse, thinking that shipping would be much faster.  But that hasn't worked.  The last time I ordered, the items from China arrived before the US items, which took 18 days via DHL.  I've become a real non-fan of US domestic DHL.  They are much slower than anyone else.  I mean, 18 days.  There's no excuse for that.

I don't know what shipping and customs problems you will have in Canada.  Maybe someone else can advise you on that.  But with regard to the products, I would generally feel comfortable with Banggood.  Of course it depends on how much you're going to spend. 

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