Once I decided to get my feet wet on electronics, the first problem I faced was where to buy the necessary gear.
All the online electronics websites I know about are located in the US and even though they ship internationally, the shipping costs are just too expensive.
I searched for this kind of sites in Spain but I didn’t find the equivalent to RadioShack, Adafruit, etc. Besides, I specifically wanted to get the Arduino Starter Kit from Adafruit. Fortunately I found a distributor in the United Kingdom with reasonable prices and shipping costs.
To get a multimeter and other tools I finally found a company with delegations in most countries including Spain: RS Electronics. After exploring the site I discovered that they not only have all kinds of tools but also discrete electronic components. You get your order delivered next day and it costs 8 €, which is reasonable.
This is the list of electronic websites where I purchased from.
- Oomlout (UK) - Adafruit clone
- Arduino Starter Kit
- Motion detector
- 500 resistor kit
- RS Electronics (Spain and others) - All kind of electronics
- Shear cutter
- General purpose single timer
- 10 diodes