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January 7, 2010

SparkFun Free Day is this morning

at 3:00 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks


This morning is SparkFun Free Day, make sure you claim your swag! I love the idea, SparkFun is obviously expecting a ton of traffic since they beefed up their servers for this special occasion but I wonder how well they will cope? If you get some stuff leave us a comment and let us know how it went.

Here are the details.

“For those of you unfamiliar with SparkFun’s Free Day (see the original post here), here it is in a nutshell. Starting at 9AM MST (that’s 11 AM EST) on Thursday, January 7th, 2010, each customer will receive $100 towards their order until we reach a limit of $100,000. You’ll have to take care of shipping.

There really are no catches, but there are a few rules for fairness’ and logistic’s sake:

  • $100 max per person (cheating kills kittens)
  • You pay shipping
  • Limit of $100,000 in giveaways for the day
  • Starts 9AM MST January 7th, 2010
  • Ends 11PM MST January 7th, 2010 (or when we hit $100k, whichever comes first)
  • Rainchecks for popular items will be allowed
  • There is no special code to type in. But you get only one order on Free Day, so spend it well!
  • Only one $100 credit per household. We ask that you respect this limit and don’t try to abuse this gift.
  • There is no minimum or maximum order. You can spend more than $100, the balance of which will be charged to your method of payment.
  • Only Credit Card and Paypal orders will be eligible for the $100 credit. We don’t want to have people tying up inventory with POs, wire transfers, checks in the mail, or lost faxes.
  • You will see whether or not your order qualifies for a credit in the checkout process.
  • Free Day does not apply to our distributors. Sorry!
  • Gift Cards cannot be bought on Free Day.
  • Any returns from Free Day will be exchanged for the same item.
  • Every order isn’t going to ship on Free Day, or for a few days after. We’ve got extra tape guns on hand, but please be patient and give us some time to catch up!
  • We are ratcheting up inventory for Free Day, but backorders (a.k.a. rainchecks) are allowed on most items (some items we simply can’t get anymore). We’ll get you your goodies just as soon as we can get them back in stock.”


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103 Responses to “SparkFun Free Day is this morning”

  1. oddz Says:

    some people are such ingrates…

    accept that sparkfun (a business) has tried to give away $100k of gear, if you didnt get anything then stop your bitching. i was up at 4am (in aust here) and got nothing. its not the end of the world, it doesnt mean you dont ever have to buy from sparkfun again becuase your angry you didnt get anything for free!

    if this day never happened then you still wouldnt have got anything for free, and you would still be a customer…

    how many business’s these days give away $100k of bits for free to its customers? i think that its pretty rare and sparkfun are unbelievably generous!!

    thanks sparkfun!

  2. Big Dawg Says:

    Krusty, Almost_There, oddz, and everyone else who think that this was an altruistic gesture by Sparkfun – businesses that wish to stay in business aren’t altruistic. They are in business to benefit their stakeholders, especially their owners. They could have spent the same money (something less than the $100K in retail value that they gave away), but they would have driven much less traffic had they done it in a more conventional way. In that sense, it was a brilliant PR concept. And, the customers who get the free merchandise truly benefit from it. But that’s not why Sparkfun did this – it was only to drive traffic. My bone is that their commerce engine should have been sufficiently ramped up such that those of us who clicked on checkout at the very moment the countdown clock reached zero should have been able to process and get out of the system reasonabley quickly and without having to reload and repeat the process endlessly. As it happened, someone who clicked in an hour into the giveaway had just as good a chance of getting their stuff as I did after an hour of constantly refreshing, reentering, and refreshing again.

  3. Nathan Seidle from Sparkfun talks about the Beginning of the Company - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] am sure most of you have heard about Sparkfun. They were the ones that had the huge giveaway earlier this year. Nathan Seidle created this 10 million per year company from some humble beginnings. It was funny […]

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