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A project log for blinking things

this is a rebranded project, sorry guys. take your skulls/likes back if you want :)

davedarkodavedarko 03/01/2017 at 11:407 Comments

So I thought I've bought the new SK6812 with RGBNW on, but instead I received some standard RGB WS2812 LEDs - not cool :( but the shield works. Now I've bought half of the LEDs for the same price on eBay, let's see how that will turn out ;) dispute on aliexpress was opened, hoping for at least some refund.

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Michele Perla wrote 03/02/2017 at 10:45 point

my two cents: official distributors all the way. Mouser is MY place to go, but Farnell helped me sourcing parts that maybe Mouser does not have (and viceversa). I never work with exotic parts that can only be bought via questionable sources anyway, I'd rather stick with the well-established manufacturers even for passives (Yageo/Panasonic resistors, Murata/TDK/Nichicon caps). Plus, shipping is always fast and you get 100% of what you asked for.

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davedarko wrote 03/02/2017 at 11:26 point

hm, but what about breakout boards / modules and stuff for just tinkering? I think there is an aspect of using vs. designing as well. But since all the sparkfun stuff now is on mouser as well, this question might is irrelevant.

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Michele Perla wrote 03/02/2017 at 11:32 point

well the thing is that I don't tinker that much, I prefer brewing my own stuff. But yes, for tinkering stuff I'd rather use eBay than aliexpress

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David H Haffner Sr wrote 03/01/2017 at 14:22 point

Hey Dave, that's why sometimes, its worth the extra investment to make sure you get the real thing :)

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davedarko wrote 03/01/2017 at 14:39 point

well at least I get my money back :)

let's say the overall success rate of buying via eBay is around 98% - only saying that because 99% sounds too optimistic :) not sure why I don't trust so much, they have the same, if not even better buyers protection features. I'm often able to buy 3 times the modules for the same price, so for me and my tinkering projects that's all fine - especially when I have so many other projects ;) 

But I was recently able to enjoy the benefits of ordering at mouser with free shipping and the companies credit card - that was fantastic. Also: I will always buy original teensy boards, one fake was enough for a life time.

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David H Haffner Sr wrote 03/01/2017 at 14:46 point

I buy 99% of all my parts from Mouser, and am never disappointed, I recently bought my TCD1304 CCD chip from Ebay, and tested it out and it seems fine, so I'm happy with that, sometimes it can be a crap shoot with Ebay they are usually pretty good if you stick with the sellers with the highest ratings.

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davedarko wrote 03/01/2017 at 15:54 point

right, it also depends on the parts you want to buy - a tiny servo, some LEDs and an arduino - that's the stuff for eBay. A dual inverter in SOT23-6 working at 5V is a case for mouser (although I found some on aliexpress - lucky me no 20EUR shipping for a 50ct part). Basically: If I can design around a cheap find on eBay to do something only I would ever need, eBay all the way.

Hm, I can't really put my finger on it. I like both. 

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