I realy wouldn't get hung up, just keep each purchase small. Try tayda2009 they don't carry a large range of PISs but they are quick and cheap.
Regarding fake PICs from chinese ebay sellers (amongst all the other IC's and transistors they mass produce without dies inside)
It's not such a big deal to lose the money as long as they're small...
Nope, Paypal isn't even an option amongst the visacard options etc...must be a local thing as u said..
I buy all of my components from ebay at a fraction of the cost of "reputable" suppliers - often the total price on ebay is less than the p&p from the other. I'm a tinkerer so cost is an issue but...
Jaycar Electronics also sell a small selection of 8-bit pic's that you can buy over the counter for cash
that's a pretty broad statement . i'm sure Australian suppliers on ebay like
modtronix (bestbay_au) and core_electronics would be hurt to hear that
Microchip direct doesn't let you use paypal?
It does for me, but I'm in the US if that makes a difference.
I'm in Australia and I don't have a credit card.... i live debt/credit free (lucky me).
The downside is i can't buy things online unless it's via Paypal.
Can anyone point me to a PIC...