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Are Bulk SMD Reels On eBay Worth It?

Are Bulk SMD Reels On eBay Worth It?



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What do you get in your average box of random reels on eBay?

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8 Comments

  1. Date: November 11, 2015 at 00:36
    Author: khachaturian

    Closer to $100 I'd bet with umo88's shipping prices to Canada lol.

    I ordered with them last year.  I did manage to convince them to send to me using a different method and I think I paid around $25 for the shipping instead of the $50 they asked for.

    But that was for something rare and desirable.  They had 6.3V 3300uF Nichicon HZ caps and I wasn't going to let them get away to some aluminum recycler.  Not to gloat or anything, but your electrolytics there are pretty ho hum.  Not such great series, though umo88 does on occasion have some noteworthy caps on sale.

    Been there, done that with the reels.  But that must have been 3 or 4 years ago and it was with a Canadian seller, and it was a (albeit much smaller) lot of capacitors, in the nanofarad and picofarad ranges.  If you need anything let me know, and I'll check if I have it.

    These reels come from PCB assembly factories.  Part of the agreement between the pick/place assemblers and the customer is that the customer has to provide extra reels (in case the machine eats up some parts), and that the assembler gets to keep the excess.  On the the reel with the Hebrew, where you had your thumb it said "Name, Quantity, Date".  And the name was "Yaakov" or Jacob in English.

    Two particularly good things I did score were some very nice large value Kemet SMD caps.  Two of them are A700 series X size case, 2.5v 470uF and 4V 220uF, and then there's the really big score of Kemet T520 tantalums which I think were wither 220uF or 330uF (Tantalums have a lot of capacitance for their incredibly small size).

  2. Date: January 26, 2017 at 23:03

    You're way better off buying kits of, say 100 of each E12 value on ebay, plus reels of super-common stuff like 10K, 100nf etc.

  3. Date: January 26, 2017 at 23:05

    Re. what to do with them – I want to make a machine that drives along the floor, laying them out on end like a tiny domino chain…

  4. Date: February 3, 2017 at 18:07
    Author: polprog

    I once scored (and still have most of it) a reel of 300 74HCT573 8-bit tristate latches for less than $10. Probably useful for blinkenlights and stuff.

  5. Date: March 15, 2017 at 17:42
    Author: omsonic

    Here in the UK a new 5k reel of 1% vishay 0805 resistors is only £4.78 ($5.84) from rapid $30 is a mad price.

  6. Date: June 25, 2017 at 02:31
    Author: Thijs Sillen

    A new reel of samsung caps or resistors 0603 is only 15 rmb in china (2.19 USD) for about 4000-5000 parts 🙂

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