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  • Bargains, Surplus, Etc. In San Francisco/San Jose Area

    I will be visiting this area and may have some time for slumming, err, shopping. Anybody know of any places for bargains in either machinery, tools, or electronics in that area?
    Paul A.
    SE Texas

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    A lot of the good places like Triangle have closed up and the other places like Wierdstuff have a lot of junk. Halted (HSC) had some goodies the last time I was down there.

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    • #3
      Depending on when you going to be here, here are some places to visit:

      http://www.junktronix.com/svss/


      Michael

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      • #4
        Are you kidding??? The silicon valley area is prime surplus territory. I don't know which places still exist but I guarantee there are plenty of good places. I would stay away from Oakland though. The longest bridge in the world goes all the way from Fairyland to Africa.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Evan
          I would stay away from Oakland though. The longest bridge in the world goes all the way from Fairyland to Africa.
          Does anyone else find this offensive or is it just me?

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          • #6
            Of course it is offensive to the easily offended. It's still funny to some people and more importantly it is a practical reality. Don't go to Oakland.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Evan
                Are you kidding??? The silicon valley area is prime surplus territory. I don't know which places still exist but I guarantee there are plenty of good places. I would stay away from Oakland though. The longest bridge in the world goes all the way from Fairyland to Africa.
                Do you remember all the surplus stores on Bay Farm Island before the airport took it all over? Man there was some fun stuff there.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Evan
                  Of course it is offensive to the easily offended. It's still funny to some people and more importantly it is a practical reality. Don't go to Oakland.
                  Portlandia is another one to skirt.

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                  • #10
                    Do you remember all the surplus stores on Bay Farm Island before the airport took it all over?
                    Yep. I forget the name of the big surplus store there but I went shopping there many times. Oakland hasn't changed a lot though although it may be a bit safer now than it used to be. I used to work in Oakland at a company called American Chemical and Nuclear. I would park my Fiat 850 with the top down so it wouldn't be cut to get in and check out what to steal. I would leave a dime in the ashtray and it was usually gone by quitting time.
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                    • #11
                      Just curious - would Village Press be willing to put that comment about Fairyland and Africa in one of its magazines? If not, then too many people must be easily offended.
                      Anyways, I don't mean to threadjack, back to the talk about the bay area:

                      In Oakland there's also the Crucible, which I saw for the first time recently. I checked out the machine shop area and they had 9 lathes and maybe half a dozen mills. Not exactly the place OP is asking about (surplus,) but it is interesting, and it is in Oakland.

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                      • #12
                        I should point out that I have a condition called Prosopagnosia. It means I cannot recognize or remember faces. I am also slightly colour blind. Also, my step father, who is still alive thinks the joke is funny. He is African-American. In fact, I think it was him that told me the joke.

                        He used to live in Oakland but moved to Vallejo because Oakland was too dangerous.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michael Hall
                          Depending on when you going to be here, here are some places to visit:

                          http://www.junktronix.com/svss/


                          Michael
                          Michael, Thanks for the only real info. I have visited the bay area before but never knew where to look. It is a bit too large to just drive around and look.

                          Thanks again.

                          As for the comments about particular areas, I normally don't mind thread hijacks, but please don't turn this one into a closed thread.
                          Paul A.
                          SE Texas

                          Make it fit.
                          You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Evan
                            Are you kidding??? The silicon valley area is prime surplus territory. I don't know which places still exist but I guarantee there are plenty of good places.
                            WAS prime territory. Businesses handle their surplus differently now, a lot of them take it straight to the scrap yard with orders it is to be destroyed.

                            The market has significantly changed with ebay and the internet in general. Many surplus places have closed their front doors and solely rely on ebay.

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                            • #15
                              Evan's comment is so true, you can choose to be offended, which generally means you choose not to believe the truth. I worked in city center in Oakland for six years, back in the 90's, and really enjoyed it. But you make one wrong turn, or walk one block to far in the wrong direction and you are in the ****, and I don't mean in a good way. I am guessing it hasn't improved much since then.
                              James Kilroy

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