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Better place to buy cables like Canare? Neutrik (or Rean really) connectors?

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So upon a suggestion by someone a long time ago I've often bought many things like cables through Markertek in the past. However, their shipping cost is more than a bit prohibitive. I've been meaning to recable one of my headphones for a very long time now and have another I'd like to as well. Just to get enough cable to do those it would still cost me more than $12 to ship the only slightl more than a third of a pound worth of cable to ship... That's more than twice the cost of the cable itself! I've run into the same problem many times with things like connectors and such as well. Really, their shipping costs seem to be pretty much fixed for almost everything up until a certain point (I guess once it gets big and heavy enough it would go up, but for all the stuff that I've looked at it's pretty much fixed.) I can't afford to just buy everything in bulk every now and then or to waste money on shipping. This makes me have to really put things off for an eternity and I've made do with a lot of RadioShack crap just because even with tax and their ridiculous markup it costs 1/2 or even 1/4th as much and without the shipping delay. (And really, their male connectors aren't the worst in the world for basics. They can't hold a candle to Neutrik/Rean, but for 1/2 to 1/4th the cost they are often worth it. Truly ironic since the actual pricetag on the Neutrik/Rean parts is lower for each part, but the shipping just adds that much to the total cost. The female connectors are absolute crap however and can't compare decently to anything serious.)

Is there anywhere better for when someone doesn't really buy bulk amounts of such things? Markertek really is intended more for professionals working in A/V fields who would obviously buy lots of this stuff and their prices are excellent for than -- and if I'm buying enough items in general they are excellent then too. However, for just getting a bit here and there it's all a bit unreasonable. Especially cables are tricky. I can get connectors from places like Parts-Express and Mouser which have far more reasonable rates, but really usually if I need one I need the other and it would really be nice to just get them together with minimal or no extra cost to shipping (plus then they arrive at the same time and package for even better convenience.)
post #2 of 4
Thread Starter 
Guess I'll bump this once. MarkerTek is an excellent site and all, but it's just so hard to justify spending more than $10 to ship something less than a pound that can be coiled up small enough to even fit in a shipping envelope.
post #3 of 4

Redco

 

also, PartsExpress has Neutrik/Rean connectors. Not much for wire, etc. though

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Hmm... Redco does look good for cables. They gave me a MUCH better shipping price and actually had just a little bit better pricing on the cables themselves. For 3.5mm TRS connectors at least they seem to be worse with little selection and not so great prices on most, so I guess I can't do the two together there. At least I got the cables at a FAR better total cost.

Thanks.
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