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# 228792 22-Jan-2018 22:53
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Hi,

 

excuse the n00b question - i'm a new import to NZ.      

 

Where do people go in person to buy electronic-y thingumajigs and plugs and hobbyist components now that Dick Smith is closed?

 

 


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  # 1945058 22-Jan-2018 22:56
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the main one in NZ is Jaycar Electronics and Ali express for really cheap items.





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  # 1945088 22-Jan-2018 23:52
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Jaycar if you need it now and are prepared to pay 5-20 times the cost from Aliexpress. Case in point - I wanted a 5V regulated power supply and this is perfect...

 

https://www.jaycar.co.nz/arduino-compatible-dc-voltage-regulator/p/XC4514 - $10.90

 

Or same thing (nearly, and there are identical ones available) on Aliexpress - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-1pcs-LM2596-LM2596S-DC-DC-4-5-40V-adjustable-step-down-power-Supply-module/32522381142.html

 

$0.66 each, with free shipping.

 

So I bought six, and paid less than half what I would have paid for one. In fact, the entire price I paid for six of them, plus shipping from China, is less than JUST THE SHIPPING for ONE from Jaycar.

 

I say bring on an intelligent GST charging regime for internet sales (provided there's not a $40 tariff on every $2 item) and shine a light on this.

 

Also, I wanted it NOW, so I did spend several dollars on petrol and went to Jaycar in Chch after their website said they had them in stock. I even phoned and got told they had 4 in stock. I got there and guess what they couldn't find. Yeah. I have a hard time feeling sorry for local retailers - but I'm glad I'm not one.

 

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 





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  # 1945132 23-Jan-2018 07:54
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Not sure what part of the country you're in but Global PC in Christchurch has a bit of stuff too https://www.globalpc.co.nz/index.aspx


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  # 1945150 23-Jan-2018 08:55
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There is also surplustronics - more of an audio visual angle (Hence I believe they are now called Sound + Vision?)

 

https://surplustronics.co.nz/

 

They have a store in Auckland and are very good with delivery too.


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  # 1945157 23-Jan-2018 09:13
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Talkiet:

 

Jaycar if you need it now and are prepared to pay 5-20 times the cost from Aliexpress. Case in point - I wanted a 5V regulated power supply and this is perfect...

 

https://www.jaycar.co.nz/arduino-compatible-dc-voltage-regulator/p/XC4514 - $10.90

 

Or same thing (nearly, and there are identical ones available) on Aliexpress - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-1pcs-LM2596-LM2596S-DC-DC-4-5-40V-adjustable-step-down-power-Supply-module/32522381142.html

 

$0.66 each, with free shipping.

 

So I bought six, and paid less than half what I would have paid for one. In fact, the entire price I paid for six of them, plus shipping from China, is less than JUST THE SHIPPING for ONE from Jaycar.

 

I say bring on an intelligent GST charging regime for internet sales (provided there's not a $40 tariff on every $2 item) and shine a light on this.

 

Also, I wanted it NOW, so I did spend several dollars on petrol and went to Jaycar in Chch after their website said they had them in stock. I even phoned and got told they had 4 in stock. I got there and guess what they couldn't find. Yeah. I have a hard time feeling sorry for local retailers - but I'm glad I'm not one.

 

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 

 

 

 

 

The open source circuit boards CAN be of inferior quality (cheap capacitors etc) if suspiciously cheap from overseas. Returns can be a pain.


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  # 1945159 23-Jan-2018 09:15
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wazzageek:

 

There is also surplustronics - more of an audio visual angle (Hence I believe they are now called Sound + Vision?)

 

https://surplustronics.co.nz/

 

They have a store in Auckland and are very good with delivery too.

 

 

 

 

Used to love surplustronics , they had surplus, used, salvaged gear with a lot on interesting bits and pieces. When ever I was in Auckland I would make the pilgrimage to them.

 

However last time I went there it was "Meh", I now get some stuff from Jaycar (5 minute drive) and most stuff from Aliexpress.

 

 

 

The Aliexpress stuff can vary in quality, there is a LOT of fake goods on there, but then again there is a lot of good stuff at great prices.

 

Other options are dx.com, goodluckbuy.com, dhgate.com

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1945177 23-Jan-2018 09:40
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gsr:

 

Talkiet:

 

Jaycar if you need it now and are prepared to pay 5-20 times the cost from Aliexpress. Case in point - I wanted a 5V regulated power supply and this is perfect...

 

https://www.jaycar.co.nz/arduino-compatible-dc-voltage-regulator/p/XC4514 - $10.90

 

Or same thing (nearly, and there are identical ones available) on Aliexpress - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-1pcs-LM2596-LM2596S-DC-DC-4-5-40V-adjustable-step-down-power-Supply-module/32522381142.html

 

$0.66 each, with free shipping.

 

So I bought six, and paid less than half what I would have paid for one. In fact, the entire price I paid for six of them, plus shipping from China, is less than JUST THE SHIPPING for ONE from Jaycar.

 

I say bring on an intelligent GST charging regime for internet sales (provided there's not a $40 tariff on every $2 item) and shine a light on this.

 

Also, I wanted it NOW, so I did spend several dollars on petrol and went to Jaycar in Chch after their website said they had them in stock. I even phoned and got told they had 4 in stock. I got there and guess what they couldn't find. Yeah. I have a hard time feeling sorry for local retailers - but I'm glad I'm not one.

 

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 

 

 

The open source circuit boards CAN be of inferior quality (cheap capacitors etc) if suspiciously cheap from overseas. Returns can be a pain.

 

 

 

 

As someone with over 500 purchases on Aliexpress, I know you're right... However I also know that most of the time the parts are the same.

 

(In this case they certainly are)

 

Cheers - N





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  # 1945271 23-Jan-2018 11:49
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The open source circuit boards CAN be of inferior quality (cheap capacitors etc) if suspiciously cheap from overseas. Returns can be a pain.

 

 

Returning things to Aliexpress is one of the easiest things to do , in fact NZ online companies should take note, if it is under a certain amount you just need to send a picture and tell them the problem and they will refund your money and you dont have to send it back, painless and easy.





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  # 1945278 23-Jan-2018 12:09
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  # 1945459 23-Jan-2018 14:51
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Gordy7:

 

 

 

https://nz.rs-online.com/web/

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS are good because there is free freight with no minimum order size.  Their prices range from cheap to expensive and there is often not a great deal of obvious logic to the pricing.  Some stock is overnight from Auckland or Australia otherwise it can take up to a week or so.

 

Element 14 are good too http://nz.element14.com/ their free freight is for orders from $45 + GST (from memory).  a lot of stock is overnight from Australia otherwise up to a week or so.

 

Digikey and Mouser are also worth checking.


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  # 1945474 23-Jan-2018 15:03
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Yes... RS, EL14, Digikey and Mouser all have very good technical data.

 

Jaycar is not so good on tech data, but you can do a physical browse :-)

 

Microchip is good for a few free sample ICs.

 

oatleyelectronics.com is worth a look.

 

altronics.com.au is also worth a look.

 

 





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  # 1945738 23-Jan-2018 20:51
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wow thanks everyone for the great responses!


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  # 1945772 23-Jan-2018 21:34
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www.banggood.com

 

if you want it cheap


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  # 1945778 23-Jan-2018 21:54
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nicegear.nz can be pretty good


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