Washington State Swaps and Stores


Very different from California...


The Washington state surplus scene has a very different 'feel' to it than California. There is a much stronger emphasis, particularly at the local ham radio swaps, on electronic component parts, test gear, and radio-related equipment. Computer and networking equipment is often in the minority. There do exist dedicated computer swap meets (or there used to be, anyway), but I don't list them here because PC components have become purely commodity items.

As with the California section, this page has been completely redesigned for better navigation, and to include more detailed info and a photo of each storefront. Numeric grades have been changed to letters, mimicking most school systems. Surplus stores are now graded on these categories.

If you don't see your favorite place listed, I invite you to drop me a note about it. The criteria for listing on this site are:

For Surplus Stores or dealers:

  1. The store or dealer must have an actual 'brick-and-mortar' storefront that is open on some kind of recurring schedule. Dealers that are 100% online or web-based do not generally qualify for a listing.
  2. The store or dealer must be willing to sell to any buyer. It's OK if said store or dealer requires a reseller permit, but they must be set up in such a way that members of the public can buy from them without undue hassle. Example: Fluke's company surplus store does NOT qualify for a listing because they only sell to Fluke employees.
  3. The store or dealer must sell at least 50% used/surplus equipment. Sellers of all-new equipment, or those that do not regularly sell at least 50% surplus, are NOT ELIGIBLE for listing. Examples: Supertronix in Kent, and Vetco in Bellevue, both lost their listings because they reduced their used/surplus stock below 50% of their inventory.

For Swap Meets:

  1. The event must be at least 75% dedicated to surplus electronic, computer, radio, and/or test equipment. Trade shows do not qualify for a listing!
  2. The event must happen on a recurring schedule, at least once per year.


(Most widely known) Washington State TechSwap Events


Follow the highlighted links for details about these events.

Mike and Key ARC Annual Hamfest & Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every March. (annual event), Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA.

SCARC Annual Hamfest and Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every May (annual event), Camano Middle School, Camano, WA.

Radio Club of Tacoma Annual Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every August (annual event), location can vary.


Washington State Electronic/Computer Surplus Stores


Washington has five (that I know of) such dealers in the greater Puget Sound area. Active suppliers are shown with hyperlinks, closed or disqualified places are plain text. They are, in alphabetical order:

3R Technology, Seattle

Electronic Dimensions, Tacoma

RE-PC Recycled Computers (in Seattle and Tukwila)

Seattle Laptop

Tekdragon, Kent, WA

Washington State Surplus, Auburn

Clicking on any of the above links will take you to a separate page describing the store in question.


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Last update: 04-Sep-17 by Bruce Lane