MUUAHAHA – Big Bag of Resistors for $2!!

I got this for $2 at the electronic flea market last week.
I got this for $2 at the electronic flea market last week.

I’m as happy as a squirrel with three nuts! Look at this huge bag of resistors that I got at the last Electronic Flea Market for just two dollars.

Sorting out the bag took hours, and I only got ¼ of the way
Sorting out the bag took hours, and I only got ¼ of the way

As with many things in life, a bonanza is usually paired with a burden. In this case, I had to sort out the contents of the bag. Not easy at all. I spent hours, and only got through a fraction of it. One of the problems is, the resistors don’t have numbers on them, they have color coded bands. Most of them have a band that is either black, brown, or gold (which turns up as a dark bronze color). A real nightmare to distinguish between these three.

On the bright side, the bag also contained ceramic capacitors, regular diodes, zener diodes, and schottky diodes. The zeners and schottkys are worth at least a dime apiece (a dollar if you got them from Radio Shack). When I worked at HP labs, we regularly swept this kind of stuff into the trash. Why? Because it isn’t worth an engineer’s time to sort it out. The only person who might want to sort it is someone whose time isn’t worth a lot of money. That was me when I was a teenager, and that’s me now, as a retiree. In a way, I’ve come full circle.

Other items from the March Flea Market
Other items from the March Flea Market: 2 XLR connectors, free; a bunch of RJ-45 jacks, $1, stepper motor, 50¢; duplex power receptacles, 10¢ each; 24VCT 2A transformer, $1; 2 heavy duty 12V relays, 50¢; audio cable and CD drive, $1.50; tc4200 laptop/tablet, complete with original OS, $65; power adapter for laptop, $3.

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