You can buy power cords in almost every store, and in almost every kind of store. Most of these cords are extension cords or power surge protector cords. What if you want a power cord to replace a damaged cord? What if you want a cord that is much cheaper than what stores charge? There are alternative places to look for power cords, and here is where to find them and how to use them.
Thrift stores frequently collect through donations and sell power cords. They will also sell cords that have been removed from broken electronics and broken lamps. If you need special cords, like the ones needed to power stoves and refrigerators, thrift stores have those too. The only catch is that you have to check their appliance and electronics departments frequently to find what you want and need. The one benefit is that you will probably never pay more than a couple of bucks for each of your cords. The cheapest you might get a cord for is a quarter or fifty cents, which makes the hunt for cords in thrift stores that much more enticing.
Recycled Materials Stores
There are specialty stores here and there throughout the country that sell recycled materials. These stores sell everything from old cabinetry that has been removed from a home and donated to the store to tools to even power cords. Many of these power cords have been removed from lights and lamps, power tools, and even computers and TVs. If you are a real DIYer, you can buy any of these cords to replace a faulty cord in anything you own that is having troubles with its original cord. Just make sure that the cord you are buying is an exact match for the one you are replacing (i.e., exact amps, exact volts, etc.).
Garage and yard sales are another possible place to find power cords. Many of them will be extension cords, but if you find something you need attached to a lamp or power tool, you could purchase the whole item and learn to salvage the cord yourself. Almost anything you could find and buy at a garage or yard sale would certainly be cheaper than what you can find in most stores. The only drawback to searching for cords at garage and yard sales is that you have to go out every weekend during the late spring and all of summer to find them.
For more information and tips on where to buy power cords, contact your local electronics supplier today.