UK component suppliers


UK hobbyists, where do you source your parts ?

For small orders I generally go to Rapid Electronics, they are quick as their name suggests.

Generally I try and avoid Digikey as they have quite a high shipping fee. Farnell/CPC seem ok and quite often I use Mouser.

What suppliers do you use ? :slight_smile:


An excellent UK supplier is HobbyTronics who offer a wide range of products, very good service and clear pricing. They are also very responsive to technical queries. Goods are dispatched promptly and well packed
CPC for hobby users have a very good range.
Many of the UK based suppliers of Chinese made components on Ebay are good, their feedback rating is a very good indicator as are their sales volume numbers. Some Ebay sellers charge ridiculous mark ups even given they will probably incur import (VAT) charges on goods coming into the UK. These are best avoided.


I just use Farnell as I am confident they supply genuine parts. Ebay parts are ok for experimenting but anything I want confidence in comes from Farnell.


One of the hobby shops in England I like is BitsBox. Worth checking out.