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On this page we can list the good places we know for parts.

UK

The Shop
Why go online, when we've got what yo need?
http://rapidonline.com
General
http://uk.farnell.com
General
http://uk.rs-online.com
General
http://ebay.co.uk
ebay, especially the Electrical & Test Equipment section
http://www.botbuilder.co.uk
Our very own Robot Steve's shop - robot kits and servos a specialty.
http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk
Arduino and accessories and more.
http://www.nuelectronics.com
Freeduino and accessories and more.
http://oomlout.co.uk/
General Arduino and Adafruit distributor in the UK. Mention you are from the Brighton Hackspace at he may give you a discount.
http://yerobot.com/
YERobot sell various Freeduino bits (cheap Mega!) and other useful robot-like sensors.
http://proto-pic.co.uk/
A site designed for electronics and prototyping hobbyists and enthusiasts. This site has grown and is now a useful knowledge base and online shop for anyone who has an interest in Microcontroller Programming & Development or for anyone who has a love of electronics.
http://earthshineelectronics.com/
Earthshine sounds a bit hippy, but it's actually a nice Arduino shop run by Mike from the London Hackspace. Specialises in Starter Kits. Discounts for BB members upon request.
http://harrisonelectronics.co.uk
Harrison Electronics is a small outfit in March, Cambridgeshire. The website stocks a very good range of 'Bread and Butter' components as well as some more complex ICs, etc.
As of 17.05.11,
the Potentiometer (Variable resistor) page seems to be under construction at the moment as well as a few other, admittedly less vital, ones. Hopefully, this will be resolved shortly as they are very cheap and you can buy in small quantities.
Things to remember:
  • You can order in small quantities - No buying 10,000 of a random Capacitor value just to get the one you need
  • No minimum order - YAY
  • Postage starts at £0.75
  • If you want components delivered to an address OTHER than your billing address for your card, perhaps think about PayPal or a Bank Transfer
Comments:
  • (Mike) - Seems to be good for various audio kits and discretes
  • (Luke) - Made my first order through Harrison Electronics yesterday (16.05.11) and it arrived this morning (17.05.11) as described and packaged really securely
http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/
Great if you need just one or two of something. They also have some useful component kits. Reliable, helpful and usually next day delivery

International

http://www.sparkfun.com
Lots of good stuff, cheap and quick shipping.
http://www.adafruit.com/
Arduino and shields, kits and more.
http://www.dealextreme.com/
All kinds of stuff for cheap.

Services

http://www.batchpcb.com/
Cheep short run PCB fabrication (run by the Sparkfun people)
http://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/
UK Based PCB fabricator. Averagely priced but for more money can turn around designs very fast.
http://www.pcbcart.com/
Chinese based fabricator. Very cheap for runs in the tens of boards region.