Let's Make Robots!

Where do you spend your robotics dollar (or Yen, Euro, Yuan, Pound, Franc...)

You may have noticed that Frits has negotiated some sweet discounts for LMR with a couple of robotics shops. Check the bottom of the main page.

Using an LMR discount code, ALABTU, you can get 5% off and an additional 5% is donated to LMR to pay for costs of running the site.

My question is, why just a couple of shops? Where do you spend your money? Let's get a list going of the shops where we spend the most, and see if we can negotiate some deals.

Below are a couple of places I often buy from. Post your favorite shops and we'll get a list going. I know we already have a list of shops, but I want to see an up to date list of where we spend money now.

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Taobao (FlamingoEDA, DFRobot, some others)

DAGU (Thanks OddBot for the contact)



  • All paid in Chinese Yuan
  • Shipping time < 4 days


  • language barrier...Taobao is just in Chinese, embedream.com too



Pololu is where I spend the most and I think they have good prices on a lot of stuff.

On the other hand I don't end up spending much at places like lynxmotion because I think they tend to sell more expensive, higher end products.  That being said it might encourage people to do more business with them than usual if LMR has a discount for them.


Robotshop, definitely. There is where I spend (not my dollars or Yens or Euros or Yuans or Pounds or Francs) but my argentine pesos.

My dear JAX, if you look for the term DEVALUED in any serious encyclopedia (like the Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy), you´ll see a picture or the Argentine Peso and not the US Dollar. So, DON´T PANIC!


Good initiative, Andrew.. And everyone else; Try and keep this not an impressive list of all the shops you know - that is not very useful for this ;)

Let us know the single most used shop. Perhaps 2 or 3. The ones where you acatually put a LOT of money, the place where we would stand strong in negotiating, the ones where they want us to come back, the ones where you would actaully feel a 5% discount as a benefit :)

Let's not forget about HobbyKing.com (China) - source for RC parts, LiPo batteries and cheap servos...

Here is a list I keep of good places to find parts;


http://www.emartee.com/                               //Lots of moduels for arduino
http://www.dealextreme.com/                           //Lots of electronic parts for hacking, free shipping
http://www.sureelectronics.net/                       //Electronic project parts, good quality/documentation
http://www.taydaelectronics.com/servlet/StoreFront    //Lots of cheap descrete parts
http://arexx.com.cn/en/ProductList.Asp?SortID=50      //Full kits and some electronic/hardware parts
http://www.gizmoszone.com/shopping/agora.cgi          //Hardware
http://www.spikenzielabs.com/Catalog/                 //Cheap electronics
http://iteadstudio.com/store/                         //Electronics and cheap prototypeign
http://www.satistronics.com/                          //Large house for descrete components


http://www.dipmicro.com/store/                        //Lots of descrete components, cheap shipping, some arduino stuff sourced from seeduino
http://www.hvwtech.com/                               //Not much stuff, subdivision of Solarbotics
http://www.solarbotics.com/                           //Solarbots
http://www.pmhobbycraft.ca/store/                     //RC hobby parts


http://www.robotpower.com/products/                   //High end robotic solutions
http://www.mcmaster.com/#                             //All your hardware needs in one
http://www.cutyourway.com/gallery.php                 //Cheap laser cutting
http://www.makershed.com/                             //Lots of electronic and hardware
http://www.sparkfun.com/                              //Everything awsome
http://www.kelinginc.net/index.html                   //Build your own CNC
http://www.roboticsconnection.com/default.aspx        //High end robotic solutions
http://acroname.com/products.html                     //High end robotic solutions
http://store.curiousinventor.com/                     //Electronic stuff
http://www.hobbypartz.com/                            //RC hobby parts
http://www.ladyada.net/                               //Parts
http://www.bgmicro.com/                               //Cheap surplus parts
http://arduino-direct.com/sunshop/index.php           //Arduino stuff
http://www.futurlec.com/                              //Cheaper parts
http://www.pololu.com/                                //Robotics Stuff
http://www.dimensionengineering.com/                  //High end robot solutions 


http://www.razorlab.co.uk/                            //Laser Cutting

===========Large International Houses=================
http://www.digikey.com/                               //Electronics, US
http://www.jameco.com                                 //Electronics, US
http://www.newark.com/                                //Electronics, US
http://ca.mouser.com/Home.aspx                        //Electronics, US
http://www.farnell.com/                               //Electronics, UK
http://canada.newark.com/jsp/home/homepage.jsp        //Electronics, Canada
http://www.alliedelec.com/                            //High Voltage Electronics, US
http://us.misumi-ec.com/                              //Hardware, US
http://www.sdp-si.com/                                //Hardware, US
http://mfdpneumatics.com/                             //Phneumatics, US 


http://www.probots.co.in/                             //India, electronics   

Your links have spaces after them so they do not work.