The packaging for the 860 resistors I bought from Joe Knows Electronics is excellent. It’s a rugged closable cardboard box with 86 sealable plastic bags, arranged by resistor value from 0 ohm to 10M ohm. Each bag is labeled and contains 10 resistors.
One thing threw me off when I got them — they are 5-band resistors, and I was familiar with 4-band resistors. (Bands are the painted colored rings on resistors that indicate their value.) But it was easy enough to figure out the value of the resistors, especially since they camed in labeled bags. (The inside lid of the box has a chart in case you pull a resistor out of a bag and forget its value.)
Joe Knows also sells a 20-piece transistor and diode kit, but I didn’t buy it so I can’t vouch for it. -- Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
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