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Futurlec is cheap... but so slow...

I've ordered a bunch of components almost a month ago... and still nothing... they say they sent it, but for now no news...

It was only after i ordered that i saw a post saying they're slow... and indeed they are... -_-v

 I really hope i'll have it newt week!

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Although his comment is almost three years old to this day I've found Futurlec delivers as promptly as any other supplier from China. Their "value packs" are well-priced and I haven't felt wronged yet:


And they're not like that ripoff 100 capacitor assortment from Radio Shack that all together adds up to 0.001uF. There's no rhyme or reason behind Futurlec's assortments but it's useful stuff. I mean, 300 1/4W resistors for $2.95? Where's the complaint?

I ordered 2 times from them and both time it took about 2 weeks to arrive, the prices on that site are incredible, well worth the wait. You just need to think ahead and order in bulk so like that you don't have to order again.  

Futurlec is good. If you dont get a shipped message within ~3 days send them a message and ask for your package.

Several times i have ordered from them and often one of my items were on backorder. They will not notify you about this, nor will ship the other items untill the one item on backorder arrives. Unless you mail them. Once you've mailed them they'll send you the package and re-send the items on backorder. They do this to save money on paying for the extra shipping costs. 

 IMO futurlec is good. They have a good range of products at very low prices. I usually order from either Futurlec, bitsbox.co.uk, pololu or sparkfun

Totoro, too bad I didn't see your post before I ordered! Oh well. :) We'll see how it goes..

After exactly one month, i got my stuff... too bad i don't need any more some of the components, too bad i forgot to order some i need now...

Funny thing, i thought it was an american shop, but actualy the invoice says Australia, although the package comes from... Thailand...

Mine also came from Thailand. Did you mail them or you just waited for it to arrive?
My futurlec order I put in on the 5th just arrived. ~7 days to get to Japan. Maybe they got someone new in dispatch?

Thanks for the answers guys (couldn't answer earlier, i had some big troubles with my computer -_-v )

Well, i didn't ordered specific things, just resistors, caps, leds, stuff like that. But that's a shame, i forgot to order few things like transistors or relays, but looks like i'll have to find anoter website (i don't have any store in town!)

I buy different parts from different places, which may or may not be the right thing for others depending on where they live....


I like Digikey, Mouser, Jameco, and a couple local places here in St Louis MO USA, for electronics components.

Other parts I buy from other places....but I've always felt that up to a point, you get what you pay for.

So while Futurlec might have cheap prices.

How much is your time worth when your stuck waiting on the parts to arrive?

When I order from the sites above, my parts are at my door within 3 days. But I live in the USA, so I'm closer than people in Europe. I would think there's a few places over there that would be a good deal for you guys, without waiting for shipping across the ocean.


Plan B: do you know of any other similar sites to order from?