[sdiy] filler parts to match minimum orders?

Dan Snazelle subjectivity at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 5 02:11:35 CET 2015

Speaking of all the "red" line items, I've been saving projects on mouser for a good amount of years now and it's sad to see just how many parts have gone obsolete in 7 yrs :( 

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> On Jan 4, 2015, at 6:19 PM, rsdio at audiobanshee.com wrote:
> I like to use a feature on Mouser.com where you can put parts lists into saved projects. I have a few extra projects that are just interesting parts that I need for low-priority to-do items.
> I've also noticed that Mouser will save a shopping cart indefinitely. So, I'll keep adding parts to my shopping cart until it's time to make a real order, and then I'll get those extra parts. Sometimes I have to save my shopping cart to a temporary "project" if I'm ordering for a customer (because I don't expect them to pay for my side projects), and then I restore my shopping cart after the official order.
> Of course, my motivations are completely different here. Mouser does not have a minimum order. They're perfectly willing to sell you one SMD resistor for a fraction of a penny, and then add the normal $5 to $10 shipping (depending upon the speed). So, I'm not tracking all of these low-priority parts because of minimums. Instead, I'm just trying to avoid paying shipping on small items. If something isn't needed right away, it sits in my shopping cart until I have a large order where the shipping is just a tiny fraction of the total cost, and then adding these other parts is about the same as getting free shipping.
> What's funny (I think) is that I still have many projects at Mouser that have line items in red because they do not carry the part. But in those cases I'm actually just abusing the Mouser feature to track items that I buy from other vendors. I suppose you have to do that when your project uses so many parts that they're not all available from one distributor / reseller.
> Brian
>> On Jan 4, 2015, at 7:14 AM, Dave Kendall <davekendall at ntlworld.com> wrote:
>> I often put in an IC or two that I've read up on and think might be interesting to experiment with, or are for a project I'd like to get round to one day.
>> There's a text file on the desktop which has all the parts jotted down that are missing for experiments, non-essential and back-burner projects, so it makes it quite easy.
>>> On 4 Jan 2015, at 14:55, Michael Zacherl wrote:
>>> Hi, I just searched a relevant posting/thread I think I read here some time ago, regarding the subject, to no avail. (*)
>>> I found the thread rather inspiring.
>>> So, what extra parts (besides the usual suspects of opamps, resistors etc) you put into the basket to meet a minimum order regulation?
>>> thanks & have a nice Sunday, Michael.
>>> *) I think Paul S. kicked that off, IIRC.
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