Small Parts Orders: Shipping Costs Matter

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Digi-Key for Small Shipments
anon9303122   2/4/2019 3:31:06 PM

If your order from Digi-Key is less than 13 0z. they can ship it to you First Class USPS for $4.57.  And in many cases you will have it in two days. 

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strongkv   1/24/2019 2:19:37 AM

I was talking with an application engineer on the phone the other day who lives close to Mouser's HQ in the Dallas area.  He told me they have a Will Call desk where he can order parts online from his office and pick them up from Will Call on the way home!  Imagine that, having one of the largest and most diverse warehouses of electronic parts in the world on your doorstep.

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strongkv   1/24/2019 2:11:11 AM

Yes, I've had the same gripe, high shipping costs for ordering a few parts.  Another option is eBay, there are some smaller US based component vendors that sell there with free shipping.  Look for 10-gauge (Lead Electronics), they have a good selection of electrolytic capacitors.  The only problem is that it is like shopping at Costco, you can't just buy one, you have to buy in bulk, so the cost for just the few parts you need ends up being about the same as paying the shipping costs with the big catalog distributors.  But I figure at least I'm getting more for my money. 

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