Electronics is a hobby to me. Yes, I often buy parts just to learn new chips. I have bought LEDs by the pound. ICs? Yep, them too. Distributors like Electronic Goldmine often have a “box of ICs”. G19135 is a box of random ICs that occasionally goes on sale. What do you get? Here is a list of the last four times I have bought them. Quantity varies. Mostly the mix is digital. Sometimes a fair bit of analog. So far everything has been acceptable quality. Everything has been properly marked. Most parts are common gates and latches but often you find a rare chip. 74S124, dual voltage controlled oscillator. 74198, 8 bit bidirectional shift register. Averaged cost about $0.06 a piece.
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