No matter what market you’re in, there is an increasingly important movement toward the small business environment. People want to be able to trust the source of the products they buy. Buying anything online is as simple as a few mouse clicks, and meatspace merchants must now lower their prices or increase the value or their products in some other way to compete with the endless variety offered by internet sales.
Taking it a step further, sites such as EBay put the buyer directly in touch with the seller. Some enterprising individuals have transferred this notion to other sectors- some sites offer peer to peer micro-lending. “Homestay” is a way to stay for free at someone’s house instead of paying for a hotel room.
How about rare items? Are you looking for an antiquated or rare Electronic Parts?? You’re probably not going to find a store in your hometown that specializes in Obsolete Integrated Circuits. One advantage of shopping through online retailers is anonymity- all you need is an avatar and a Paypal account and B-I-N-G-O, your problems are solved.
Whether you’re building a lightsaber or just trying to fix your cell phone, you’re probably going to need a semiconductor. Rather than ordering your component from a manufacturer, why not go to the after market and get it on the cheap? Hard to Find Semiconductors can be shipped to your doorstep within a few days.
These sites are also great if you have a bunch of components you need to offload. Forget about the pawn shop- step out on a limb and you might just get the best bang for your buck.