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Don’t Pay Retail For…

There’s a certain class of product for which you’re much better off to buy online. Specifically, you’re looking for things that are commodities (but not dollar-store items), durable, small, and lightweight. Here are some things where you’ll find a much better deal on e-Bay, etc.:

  • Brother-compatible labeling Tape (aka TZ-Tape) as low as $5/cartridge
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Button cell batteries (leading brand CR2032’s for less than $1 ea.)
  • AAA Duracell batteries, packs of up to 100
  • Car lighter USB adapters (especially the high power 2.4 amp ones)
  • All electronic parts, obviously

For AA batteries, apparently there’s evidence that Costco’s Kirkland brand AA batteries are actually rebranded Duracell batteries, so I can’t find a better price than them online.

Since practically all electronics parts are made in China, you can get them on for extremely low prices and you can usually get free shipping. I regularly purchase Arduino compatible or ESP8266 boards, prototyping supplies, power supplies and sensors mail order from AliExpress with free shipping, all for less than $10, sometimes as low as $1.80 with free shipping, and the only down-side is that you have to wait a month or two.

If you need it faster, and it’s a more popular item, it’s likely there’s a small importer that has some for sale on e-Bay in your own country, for a slight markup. This is true for batteries, chargers, ink and tape cartridges and usually for popular microcontroller boards.

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