UK Buying Group?
June 9, 2008
The robot pot nears being full for the first batch of stuff which will be something like:
- Picaxe 28x1 Serial Starter Kit
- SRF05 Ultrasonic Range Detector
- Battery Boxes and Leads
- Lots and lots of random components
I will be getting all of this, of course, from Tech Supplies and one of the things I noticed was that they sell resistors for a fairly reasonable 71p per hundred. The only thing is, I don't want a hundred of them, and I would prefer to have a range of values without shelling out a ton on them.
It's been mentioned before, but it got me round to thinking: Would anybody in the UK like to form a buying group to help with postage and this sort of thing?
How would this work then?
For small orders like the resistors, I was thinking that we could split the postage from Tech Supplies pro-rata (So I would end up paying most of it this time because my order will be large by comparison) and then I could pop a mix of them in an envelope with some bog roll and send it second class. It might work out a bit like the example on the left there.
|100 mixed resistors||£0.71|
|2nd class stamp||£0.27|
To avoid getting murdered on PayPal fees or similar, a bank transfer would probably be easiest. Obviously the benefit of this sort of buying increases as the value you get increases, but to start with it might be better to start small to earn a little trust. If you wanted to get some more stuff I probably wouldn't mind, but it might be best to keep it in the small pounds for now.
For the resistors specifically I was going to get a mix of three for myself, possibly 330Ω, 1KΩ, 10KΩ, but we could add to this or change it (if they are rubbish values) for every batch someone wanted to buy.
So, anybody interested?