I'm sure there are one or two of you out there..do you remember in the good old days when we used to be able to send orders for "wireless" components to suppliers for things like one or two resistors, a couple "condensers", two or three transistors, etc. I recall Premier Radio was one, I made a lot of purchases with them. To get to the point, I am toying with making up a simple servo controller to run a servo motor driving a level crossing barrier on my layout. I have a circuit which should make up on copper strip board. Is there anywhere I might purchase a set of the components I need, other than individually on fleabay? Probably not in this day and age, but thought I might ask.
Bring back the old 'ham' shops I say. Nothing like an hour or two rummaging in a variety of boxes, and asking the assistant or shop owner what the item was?.
But going on what others have perhaps mentioned, I find CPC Farnell fairly good, especially on special offers, and RCS are getting rather expensive, Maplins like wise. Maplins have certainly lost their edge in stocking the components that they once did.