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    I still get emails from DAK, but it's run by a fellow named Sol now. Mostly portable audio (e.g. Bluetooth) stuff--nothing really interesting and certainly nothing like the old DAK.

    You could see the shift coming, just by monitoring the "computer" and "electronics" category on your local Craigslist. Lotsa laptops and bits of audio gear. If you see a desktop computer, it's either an Apple or some gamer's setup, both selling for far more than they're worth.

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    Allide

    Digikey - mother of all parts catalogs

    Mouser

    Polypaks

    Marlin P jones - just got one. Love it, every product is marked with a prop 65 warning, lol

    All electronics

    Radio shack and the days of the free battery cards.


    There were a ton
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    Downloadable content tied to 1 account is killing the market for used PC and Console games.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
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    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Downloadable content tied to 1 account is killing the market for used PC and Console games.
    A decade ago I called Adobe and asked about transferring my ownership of a copy of Photoshop to a new owner. The question seemed to floor the guy on the phone. It was a concept that obviously had not occurred to him. Simple enough for a car, ya know?

    For the old computer and parts supplier ads, nothing beats the phone-book-thick Computer Shopper of the '80s and other vintage electronics/computer magazines from that era. Every year I'd mail out my catalog requests, probably still have a stack of 'em in the shed.
    -Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchips View Post
    Recently I was given, the only person who expressed interest, a pile of old data books. But of more interest amongst them were the half dozen or so distributer catalogues from the 70s and 80s, UK based. They had lots of pinout and other data on all sorts of devices, mostly long gone.

    In the UK we had RS Components, still around but they have lost the idea that the catalogue sells. Also have CPC and they fortunately still do a 3700 page catalogue. RS also sent out a CD ROM version of their catalogue in the 80s and 90s, still got most of them. Did ask them if they objected to them being put on line but no reply. I do find that irritating, it is no skin off their nose and there is all the kudos.

    What about Action Computer Supplies? Used to look forward to their catalogue and the end of line sell offs, bought lots of them!
    In the UK - who could forget Maplin Electronics? Still trading I think - although their store in a town near me disappeared a year or so ago. I used to spend hours just reading the various Z80 computer kit descriptions and all the other kits I knew I would never get my hands on. Before the internet, the Maplin Catalogue was also my only component datasheet source for all the components I'd de solder off TV's and amps etc. I didn't know about component reference books then. Cricklewood Electronics - another Gem. I loved all the cheapo diy kit adds on the back pages. I remember buying a Helium Neon laser tube off that catalogue and building the high voltage PSU from a 555 IC, power transistor and a car ignition coil. Had more fun burning stuff with the arc it created than with the laser it was intended for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan8086 View Post
    In the UK - who could forget Maplin Electronics? Still trading I think...
    Sorry to disappoint you Alan, but they went under around a year ago. Great shame as I too used their [earlier] catalogues as reference material.
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    Maplin was a shadow of its former self during its last few years. The prices kept going up and the components were relegated to a smaller and smaller part of the shop, to the point where my local branch kept them all in the back room and you had to ask for them. The shelves were filled with crap radio-controlled cars, LED fans, and those aluminium Lian-Li computer cases everybody stopped buying in about 2006.

    I went in on the day they closed down and even with everything supposedly priced to clear they were still trying to sell things like 5m VGA cables for 30+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed in SoDak View Post
    ...For the old computer and parts supplier ads, nothing beats the phone-book-thick Computer Shopper of the '80s and other vintage electronics/computer magazines from that era. ...
    -Ed
    Computer Shopper, and Processor (a trade rag, newspaper format back then, magazine format later) were my go-to sources in the late 80's and early 90's. As far as I know, Processor is gone, too, as part of the whole Computer Magazine Purge of a few years ago. I remember using a vendor with an ad in Processor to buy some RAM from me in the mid-90's; I had several 8MB RAM cards for Apollo DN3500 workstations (all my DN3500 parts are long gone, sorry) and was able to sell several of them for good money; I think I parted with five 8MB boards for $100 each or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowen View Post
    Computer Shopper, and Processor (a trade rag, newspaper format back then, magazine format later) were my go-to sources in the late 80's and early 90's. As far as I know, Processor is gone, too, as part of the whole Computer Magazine Purge of a few years ago. I remember using a vendor with an ad in Processor to buy some RAM from me in the mid-90's; I had several 8MB RAM cards for Apollo DN3500 workstations (all my DN3500 parts are long gone, sorry) and was able to sell several of them for good money; I think I parted with five 8MB boards for $100 each or something like that.
    +1 for Computer Shopper
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