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    Default Electronic component availability

    Are there any brick & mortar locations left, post Radio Shack, where I can buy two crummy little 1A diodes?

    Online there are plenty but at $7 shipping for $2 worth of product I'm less than motivated.
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    Not around here. After RS, I bought a few parts from repair shops but now they've dried up. My auto restoration used to be the same way. A lot of upholstery shops carried the various window, door and trunk rubber. As times got rough, stock went down to practically nothing. They could "order it for me". I always told them I could order it and probably for less. It got to where I had to order everything. And like you say, it's not cost effective to order just one.

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    Look at that.
    All the way from Helsinki to my desk!
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    In a bigger city maybe, but in medium size towns with the demise of Radio Shack (who was really just a cell phone store the last several years) there isn't likely to be much. I've started stocking an array of components for my own projects. I year or so ago I needed a small amplifier for an invention I was working on. I bought enough parts to build ten of them in slightly different configurations. When I need 6 switches for a control panel I'll buy 50 of them, and make a generic version of the control panel available for sale. Yes my shop is a mess of extra parts. LOL.

    The only retail location I can think of that "might" have what you want is a Fry's Electronics store. To my knowledge there is only one in my home state and they are about 180 miles away.

    As sort of an aside... I think there are still one or two franchise Radio Shack stores with doors open. As far as I know none of the company stores are still around.
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    When Radio Shack went belly-up and most of the local electronics repair shops went too I started to acquire a few old thrown out vcrs tvs microwaves etc and the like.
    Stripped them down and filed away the components. Now I have a pretty good assortment of components that don't really take up that much space once broken down, categorized and put into storage.
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    You could try some repair shop and ask for diodes or you could recycle some from a old walwart or other power supply
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    The salvage guys of course have a good idea. Want to make a Plexiglas bender? You can buy some nichrome wire, or you can salvage a heating element from an old toaster.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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    That's how I built mine.
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    They still exist - but not of much help, there is a local electronics store (similar to Radio Shack of 30-40 years ago) that carries all sorts of electronic "stuff". It has recently moved to a larger location to display more of it's inventory. (In the older location, your could barely squeeze through some of the aisles.) I can just walk into Greenbrook Electronics (North Plainfield ,NJ) and purchase any component I want.
    Browniesharp

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