Now that the disposable camera is largely obsolete in the face of smartphones, where do people get their scrap electronics from in bulk?
Not just capacitors for hobbyist coilgun projects, but all the free LEDs, half-charged batteries, transistors and transformers, etc. What is the new age source of electronic trash?
In the old days I'd spend hours collecting old computers and pulling transistors like this out of them because the only other source was radioshack where they were a couple dollars each. They cost pennies now so it doesn't make sense for anyone to salvage them. The electric bill from running my soldering iron would cost more than the component I used it do desolder.
Some things like large switches, stepper motors, and transformers are still worth salvaging, but not diodes, LEDs, resistors, capacitors, ICs etc.
>They cost pennies now
Plus $15 shipping and handling.
>but not diodes, LEDs, resistors, capacitors, ICs
I priced up all the shit I have salvaged the other day. It was over $4k worth. I've used about $200ish already in random projects. If you have access to the stuff, you may as well salvage it. Just make sure you know how to test to see if it is properly in spec.
>Walmart replaces scales left and right
>old scales have control boards, stepper motors, weighers, gears, all types of hardware, a screen, etc
Brother, you are treading on that which you don't understand.
I haven't been to a Radio Shack since they closed up shop in Canada, but I remember things like small motors, 3-packs of LEDs, etc. being like 10 bucks each and it still being more economical to rip electronics out of junk.
>throw it away because it was fucking free
do you think I'm talking about whole working microwaves or something? It's easy to test individual parts before trying to cobble something together out of them.
Personally, I just find it's fun to make shit out of junk, and it feels more skillful to cobble things together out of junk than it does to use fresh parts. I'm a scavenger at heart, I guess.
you can just go to the tip. I think you misunderstand just how much e-waste there is. I can still go there and pick up 20x 30year old amplifiers. tagos and massive rectifying circuits from power distribution centres. OHPs, computers
My apartment area has trash/recycling rooms, I find a lot of stuff there. Even a lot of working things. Microwaves, stereo systems, old computers, etc.
I've heard that dumpster diving around college campuses at the time of year when they move out is very lucrative.
Not OP, but sweet baby Jesus, I wish I could. Sadly it's illegal here and they have staff on site to keep an eye on you.