Other sites like American Science and Surplus?
June 22, 2013 4:54 PM   Subscribe

I do quite a lot of building small music devices using DIY kits and recycled cases and parts. What are the best sites for for weird, bulk supplies? What are the other sites like American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com)?

I rely heavily on discount & bulk parts to make this hobby possible, as paying retail for components (resistors, IC's, etc) would make it cost prohibitive. I am aware of mouser and jameco and all the component suppliers. I am looking for sites that sell affordable & somewhat strange STUFF - like American Science and Surplus. What else is out there? Googling brings up the same old stuff. Thanks in advance.
posted by archivist to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total) 110 users marked this as a favorite

I was introduced early to Electronic Goldmine. In addition to cheap surplus components and kits, they sell random assortments and boxes of components.
posted by WasabiFlux at 5:07 PM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Sometimes Burden Sales Surplus Center has a bargain on brutish stuff. Review the shipping charges before you buy, I found them a bit high.

Recently Anchor Optics (now a part of Edmund Optics) had just the right plastic lens at $4.50/(pkg of 12)
posted by tinker at 5:34 PM on June 22, 2013

posted by pompomtom at 5:39 PM on June 22, 2013

United Nuclear.
posted by oceanjesse at 5:43 PM on June 22, 2013

MPJA Online
posted by Confess, Fletch at 6:13 PM on June 22, 2013

All Electronics
posted by drezdn at 6:30 PM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Skycraft Surplus
posted by HappyHippo at 8:25 PM on June 22, 2013

Surplus Shed has some good surplus optics.
posted by pknodle at 11:02 PM on June 22, 2013

surplustraders.net (aka the old 73.com). Where else can you get 10,000 fuel injectors, an ATM, and a retinal vitrectomy machine in one shot?
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:41 PM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

I like BGMicro a lot.
posted by wayland at 1:29 AM on June 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Apex Electronics. (Also seconding Wierd Stuff Warehouse and All Electronics, mentioned above.)
posted by eotvos at 1:29 AM on June 23, 2013

In the UK:
Mindsets - includes a lot of "tester" sizes, which are perfect for small projects.
Phenoptix - Local (to me) guys who have awesome things in a tiny shed.
posted by Katemonkey at 1:58 AM on June 23, 2013

Ax-man Surplus is very similar to American Science and Surplus. They are located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN (US) metro area.
posted by kuppajava at 7:56 AM on June 23, 2013

Fair Radio Sales is a standby; maybe not quite what you're looking for, mostly military surplus electronics- but you're guaranteed to find somethng you can't live without. Get their printed catalog, too.
Surplus Sales of Nebraska is good; some of their prices can be high, generally because they know exactly what they've got!
Sam Goldwasser's collection of links will keep you busy.
posted by drhydro at 9:42 PM on June 23, 2013

WOW - thank you everyone. Can I mark all 15 as best answer? Y'all rock.
posted by archivist at 10:08 PM on June 26, 2013

Modulor (based in Berlin but shipping internationally) - more for the finishing/decorative side but good materials and tools
posted by runincircles at 6:21 AM on June 27, 2013

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