thatoneguyIf finances are tight, there are big lots of random logic ICs in non-surface mount packages going for around $30 shipped for hundreds of new in tube ICs, no more than 20 of any one type. Out of curiousity, I got a box a year or more ago, and all of them tested good on a logic IC tester, I was impressed, though I have no idea what I'll use some of the more obscure ones for. In addition to all the "normal" 4011/4060/etc, three 'tubes' of the 16GAL Programmable gates were in there too!
State auctions, some online auctions that are "members only", and quite a few show up on eBay, usually from the previous sources, but at a higher price. SMD Fabrication has gotten cheap enough for in house now, so there are a lot of businesses clearing out their "Old" (usually 1-4 year old date code) DIP stocks.thatoneguy
Where can I take a look at these bulk buys ??
This is ESPECIALLY true when buying transistors and MOSFETS! Anything critical, I use DigiKey for, since they are literally next door.Be wary of buying on auction sites!
Be sure to check on shipping/handling charges before bidding; many charge absurd prices.
Beware that the market is getting flooded with counterfeit IC's and semiconductors! This has become a real problem over the last few years, and it appears that many of the counterfeits are coming from Asia.
Your best bet is to buy components from an authorized distributor, like Digikey, Mouser, Allied, Newark, etc, or from the manufacturer themselves. That way you can be certain that you are getting "the real thing", not some counterfeit junk.
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