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did you know some companies will ship you free electronics like leds for free?

here are the sites i used and some i picked up alng the way

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Step 1: Rules

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They are some rules you should know before you start getting free samples from the companies:

* You should never ask for more than you need. .
* Taking free samples from the companies and selling them on places like ebay is nt good,simply dont do it
* Just to be fair to the companies where you got your samples from.

Step 2: Leds

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www.marktechchopto.com  - leds
www.sunled.com - leds and displays
www.philipslumileds.com high powered leds
www.sensitron.com -led related

ill try add more soon
if you know any more just post a comment

Step 3: Switches

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www.lambind.com -switches
www.apem.com -switches
www.elestarelays.com -relay switches
www.snaptron.com- tactile domes

i know i havent got many but ill add more soon

Step 4: Semi conductors

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www.maxim-ic.com -semi conductors
www.analog.com- semi conductors
www.national,com- semi conductors
www.microchip.com- semi conductors
www.intersil.com- semi conductors
www.onsemi.com- semi conductors

Step 5: Other

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www.ramtron.com- memory
www.clare.com- drivers
www.molex.com- connectors
www.kycon.com- connectors
www.littlefuse,com- fuses
wwww.teknational.com- insulation
www.bptfittings.com- fittings
www.pactecenclosures.com- enclosures
www.cooperet.com- magnets and protection
www.northwestcomponents.com- diodes
www.wjcommunications.com- comunications

simply.alon2 years ago
Thank you for sharing the lists of places I can obtain free samples.I am learning about electronics concepts by reading instructables. I am comfortable purchasing the parts knowing these are businesses. I am glad that this sites have been listed so I can & check out their catalogs, make purchases according to my project needs. Thank you again for sharing the site links. Onward!
WildfireSOS3 years ago
I can't find samples at SunLED :/,
i really need some LEDs for my projct
Here you go

Assuming your in the US.
d1ndian4 years ago
anything for poor Canadians? who loves not to pay for shipping
ndinitz5 years ago
 NKK switches does samples but you have to go through their maze to get them.
not really, its just that they recently formed a partnership with mouser electronics so you may have to order from them.
sharlston (author)  KillYouSD5 years ago
i also found that out
Chowmix125 years ago
how do i sample for a relay at this website: http://www.hascorelays.com/
i need a 5v electromagnetic DPDT relay for this i'ble: www.instructables.com/id/Mousebot-Revisited/
I've been looking at it for a while and I'm stumped..  I also am making this on a IC PCB from RadioShack, so i need it to have the correct pin arrangements...
I just need the part number to use in the form!! Thanks!!
Did you sample THAT???
Kiteman5 years ago
More of a forum topic than an instructable, methinks.

At least, it could have gone in the comments of existing Instructables on the subject.
lemonie5 years ago
With all this free-stuff do you have a project coming-up?

sharlston (author)  lemonie5 years ago
maybe im a bit busy at the moment , publishing old instructables
HarveyH445 years ago
The free samples marketing programs, were intended for people who would eventually purchase bulk quantities.  Unfortunately, with the internet, Ebay, and a hand-out society, there has already been a lot of abuse, and it's been getting more restrictive to get samples.

This is a pretty sore topic for me, I'm pretty active on several electronics forums.  We had new members who sign up, just because they just received a shipment of free parts, and want to know what they are, and what they can build with them.  Some have never even soldered.  Some have gotten microcontrollers, but have no programmer, programming experience, and very minimal electronics.  We've even had a few trying to sell parts, willing to obtain what they don't have on hand.  Really don't like the posts, about how to lie your way through the request survey, to improve your chances.  If you have to lie, it's stealing.

Anyway, you need a real Email address, be a student at the very least, and quite a few places are charging shipping and handling.  Leach while you still can...

And I bet half the people who order a ton of free components have no plan on what they're going to do with them once they get them.