Hi, I'm Jeremy from Dime Arduino,
DimeArduino is a new store set up because I was tired of seeing my friends get ripped off on Arduino gear. Yes, we are a drop shipper, we don't hold stock or have a store front. The difference between us and the next 27 sites is that I only set this store up because I realised my friends were paying $30 for $5 boards and $10 for $4 component packs. I can't beat Banggood's prices on everything, but it seems like I've managed to price fairly competitively with them on some products.
We stock Arduino bit and bobs, with a focus on Starter Kits, which include a board and enough goodies to get started and Booster Boxes, which don't include a board, but have enough additional bits and bobs for a project or five.
If you're not quite sure what Arduino is and does, take a look at my An Arduino Journey page. The name is pretty lame, but hopefully it helps you understand a little better.
I've set up a discount code "OZBARGAIN20161101" for OzBargain customers. It'll give a 20% discount to the first 100 orders over $20 (limit: 1 per email address). Here's a few of my favourite products:
Robot Car Kit - When I was home from work for weeks with kidney stones, I stumbled across a robot car kit I'd ordered from China a few months before. Now I have an Arduino sotre. Ahh, memories :)
Mini Uno Starter Kit - Currently our cheapest Starter Kit. This $14 kit gets you an Arduino compatible board, a breadboard, LEDs, jumper cables, resistors, a USB cable, a battery clip and some header pins
Deluxe Uno Starter Kit - For a little more than the price of a single bare board at some of my competitors, you can get an amazing kit loaded with toys. This kit includes an Uno, RFID antenna, LEDs, resistors, jumper cables, a pot, a buzzer, a shift register chip, sensors and LED displays and more!
Transformers - Some soldering required!
I'm also working on building up a list of basics. Right now, this include my Soldering and Components categories. Let me know if there's anything I should add!
Soldering - Includes solder, solder suckers etc…
Components - This will expand as I find common components at decent prices. I try to only include things I use, so it'll grow over time. I was worried about my component pricing… until I saw Banggood's!
As I mentioned, we just opened, so I'm happy to hear feedback. Especially bad prices, let me know if you can find it on a simillar site significantly cheaper and I'll either find a new supplier or drop the product. I obviously can't compete with the Chinese supplier prices, but I'm curating a store and hopefully adding some value.
Long-term plans include flesing out the tutorials page and adding an example for every sensor I can track one down for. I own most of the sensors I sell (and I'm happy to buy the rest as I have time!), so if I can't track one down, I'll make one.
Hopefully some of you find this exciting. If not, good lesson for me :D Oh, and be sure to check out Our Philosophy for my deal.
- We do out best to stock only good value products. We won't stock it if it doesn't work, no matter how cheap it is. We won't stock it if it's stupidly expensive for what it is, even if it works.
- I try to avoid anything which plugs in to mains power. I do this because I usually don't buy mains transformers from cheap sites, so I don't intend to sell them either. This is less a safety issue (never had one with a cheap wall adapter thankfully!) and more because they tend to start buzzing quite loudly pretty quickly.
- Orders may be sent in multiple shipments, and may take up to 60 days to arrive. We do this to keep the cost down. I know that most bargainers already know this, but in the interest of transparency: if you're interested in how this works, it's called 'drop shipping', and there's heaps of info out there on the googles.
- You're not buying European name brand electronics, you're buying Chinese stuff. While we will replace or refund any DOA or not-as-described products and conform to all Aussie consumer law happily, we probably won't replace a power supply because you think it has too much ripple, even though it powers your project just fine. It was $2.50, not $150.
Inside baseball: We use Shopify as out store front. Our payment options are PayPal or the shopify payment gateway. I'm still not 100% sure how I'm going to manage the effect of exchange rates on all my pricing, so for now I'm becoming a forex watcher!
Well, that's me, I hope you like my store. If you don't please consider leaving some feedback which might help me improve it.
A serious note: Buying genuine, brand name Arduino boards at $30+ a pop helps support the community which creates and maintains the Arduino ecosphere. If the store is successful, I'll be looking for ways of contibuting directly to the community and supporting new and intersting projects (not just on Kickstarter, lol).
Thanks for your time,