When you only want a few components for a project, purchasing small quantities off major suppliers can incure handling charges of quite substantial cost! Which makes it uneconomic to buy, unless you are going to place an order for large amounts to make it viable.
G-QRP Club runs an excellent component service for its membership at low cost, and I have been a member for quite a number of years now, and find the service great! Not only does the club stock common general purpose semiconductors, but also some obsolete parts like 2N3819 FET's that are becoming hard to obtain at the right price. Also hard to source Toroids, Crystals, and other passive components. Even technical books & the new DVD of all the back issues of the journal Sprat Issues 1-160 is available, again all at excellent prices and delivery to the membership.
My package arrived smartly this morning from Graham (G3MFJ), who looks after this side of the business for the club:
Of course you have to join the club to get the service, but for only £6 a year (UK) (£12 EU & £13 DX) you also get 4 issues per year of the excellent journal Sprat. That contains about 2/3rds of technical constructional content, ideas, and the rest devoted to members and news about the club etc.
To join contact Membership Sec Tony G4WIF firstname.lastname@example.org
Or step down to the G-QRP club Website for further details http://www.gqrp.com/