Finding the right stuff.

I’ve heard tales from elder makers about an era when one had to order catalogues and place orders on phone for getting a small supply of raw materials. As a relatively young maker, I’ve been pampered by eBay and amazon where anything I want is easily available online. Well, almost everything. Every once in a while I come across something I really want but isn’t available online. The problem is compounded by the fact that I prefer to but goods nationally to prevent customs delays. I often have to browse through a dozen sites before finding one that had the thing I wanted in stock and reasonably priced. One day, I had enough of this hunting and pecking, and I created a custom search engine with about four dozen sites that sold electronics and other maker supplies.

The search engine is available at So, the next time you need that ancient or exotic part, feel free to search for it there, and I bet it’ll save you time.