||HSC Electronic Supply (formerly Halted Specialties)
3051 Corvin Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
|| (408) 732-1573
08:00-19:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00-17:00 Sat.
||Electronic components and semiconductors, all types.
test equipment, lab equipment, tools, supplies, racks, wire, cable,
power supplies, subassemblies, audio, computer and networking.
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LAST REVIEW: Sep-2016Miracles
can still happen. I'm not entirely sure what's changed, outside of them
moving to a nice new location on Corvin Dr. (just down the street a
couple of blocks from their old place), but HSC has definitely come up,
in my estimation, from past trips.
THE GOOD: They moved instead of
simply closing down! That's huge for any electronic surplus place in
this day and age. While the new place does feel a bit smaller than
their original store, they seem to have made excellent use of the space
they have. I expect they will continue to improve with time.
They're not able to run a true parking lot sale, as they once did every
year, due to the fact they're now sharing their parking lot with other
tenants. However, they do still plan to do in-store 'Anniversary' sales
each year. 2016's took place on Sep. 24th, one week later than it
normally would have at the old location. I'm not sure if they intend to
keep this new schedule or if it will go back to the old. I will let you
know in 2017. ;-)
One thing I did discover, much to my pleased surprise: They seem to be
much more amenable to haggling, price-wise, on certain items (notably
'tech specials' among the test gear). If you see something you want,
but the labeled price seems too high, ask about it! They won't get upset at you. The worst they can do is politely refuse, as is their right.
THE NOT-SO-GOOD: Their prices
on test equipment overall, at least the labels I saw, still seem
excessively high. They've made some progress, yes, but they still have
room to improve.
One thing to note: Be careful of going there during hot weather,
particularly if you're going to be poking around in the back area
(where most of the test gear, components, and cable/wire are kept). The
entire area has very limited air flow, and practically nothing in the
way of A/C. I'm hoping HSC will be able to correct this, eventually,
but for now be prepared for warmer-than-normal indoor temperatures
during hot spells.
THE BAD: I was unable to convince them to open a branch in Washington state. ;-)
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