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Where do people get their electronics and parts?

So, with the advent of RadioShack disappearing (which is where I went) where do people go now for resisters, motors, etc? I’m pretty big on handling something before buying usually but I can’t find anywhere that’s a brick and mortar store for electrical and mechanical components like RadioShack was.

Are they dead and the only options now are to go online?

Look in your cities “yellow pages” for local electronics parts stores. I’m in Saint Louis, MO, USA and the local favorite is “Gateway Electronics”

Other than that, I buy from Jameco, Digikey, Mouser, MPJA.com for components and from Pololu, Parallax, and Phidgets for I/O boards