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Topic # 164239 3-Feb-2015 01:08
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Where is the best/cheapest place to buy an Arduino in NZ?  perhaps?

(also, am curious as to what is the cheapest place to get it from overseas? Probably eBay? Usually I'd just go there first, but I need these parts ASAP so looking for somewhere local in NZ)




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  Reply # 1230087 3-Feb-2015 03:27
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I'm looking at this one in particular, as at $11 it is very cheap:

 

https://nicegear.co.nz/arduino-boards/adafruit-trinket-5v-logic/




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  Reply # 1230090 3-Feb-2015 05:33
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If you buy UK stock (off eBay or wherever), then delivery will be in less than a week.




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  Reply # 1230152 3-Feb-2015 07:33
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Have a look at mindkits.co.nz

Locally run, but a very easy to deal with team.

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  Reply # 1230170 3-Feb-2015 08:11
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I can definitely recommend Nicegear - great service and a pretty impressive product range. I have bought a bit of stuff from them over the years.

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  Reply # 1230224 3-Feb-2015 09:53
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I bought an Arduino Pro Mini clone from ebay, it took 4 1/2 weeks but it only cost $3.60 including postage.

Some China based ebay sellers reliably deliver in 1-2 weeks, it is just a matter of finding which ones do.



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  Reply # 1230694 3-Feb-2015 18:16
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graemeh: I bought an Arduino Pro Mini clone from ebay, it took 4 1/2 weeks but it only cost $3.60 including postage.

Some China based ebay sellers reliably deliver in 1-2 weeks, it is just a matter of finding which ones do.


Any sellers you'd recommend? As I need it arrive within a couple of weeks, as I'm building this thing to use on a feature film I'm shooting at the end of the month.




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  Reply # 1230696 3-Feb-2015 18:21
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Dont count on any timeframe from china sellers doing post. You need EMS to get quick delivery. Aliexpress is better than ebay for showing you the different shipping options that sellers have available.




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  Reply # 1230698 3-Feb-2015 18:24
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Another vote for Nicegear. Hadley is fantastic and knows all his products inside out. Supporting a local small business is always a plus too!




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  Reply # 1230723 3-Feb-2015 19:25

This is a Chinese site that I have used with good results;
 http://yourduino.com/sunshop2/index.php?l=product_list&c=1

This is local;
http://www.hobbyist.co.nz/?q=arduino


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  Reply # 1230733 3-Feb-2015 19:53
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I would highly recommend NIcegear.  I discovered them a couple of years ago and have found them to always be prompt and very helpful even when sourcing unusual  parts from their suppliers.



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  Reply # 1230744 3-Feb-2015 20:30
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Thank you folks! Am thinking I'll use a mix of Nicegear (to make sure I get them quickly) and overseas (as odds are I'll need spares/alternatives later on, and might as well order them now).

Also, might just use this thread rather than make another, to carry on with another question about my project:

Have been looking since yesterday for a particular kind of part, but for the life of me I can't seem to find it. I think I'm use the wrong name for what I think it might be as a search string for these webstores. Any help in finding it?

I need a trigger which when I pull back on it, I can use it to make the motor go in reverse, and go forward when I push forward on it. And with the speed being determined by how far I've pushed the trigger back/forwards (these details will be handled by Arduino). And when the trigger is at rest and not being touched, the motor won't be moved either.

I don't want to use an actual RC controller like is used for RC cars, as it would be too big and bulky. I just need this small subassembly from it, which I'm going to strap onto an existing grip (like in the picture).





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