From: "Lukas Louw"
Subject: Re: Surface-mount parts in under 2000-piece reels
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 11:31:34 GMT
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Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 11:31:34 GMT
I have seen some on Ebay at ridiculous prices. People pay more for parts
there than what you can get them from Digikey for. You can get 4,000 SMT
resistors on a full reel for US$4 or less from most distributors, not worth
it to try and find partial reels. Same for caps and so on. Gets a little
more expensive for semis though, but Digikey does have cut reels at fairly
If you go to the smaller full line distributors, you'll find that they have
more aggressive pricing than the big boys, especially now that the economy
is going to hell in a handbasket, they will wheel and deal to pay overheads.
The bigger ones are less flexible.
Here are a few sources for excess parts that you may want to check into:
I have found that the regular surplus people get higher than new prices,
another one of those mysteries of the universe which I haven't quite
fathomed out yet........ So buyer beware.
> Most surface-mount parts come in 2000 or 3000-piece reels, etc.,
> but I wonder what happens to all the partially-used reels left
> over after production runs. Or after a product is discontinued.
> Are there after-market clearing houses for these parts? A place
> that smaller buyers like myself can go to get 50 to 250 parts?
> Yes, some SMT parts are sold by distributors in small quantities
> but not the really good stuff! Fast low-power opamps, FETs, etc.
> - Win