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, because you are not going to use the extra parts you are given, that means don't be greedy.
- Taking free samples from the companies and selling them on places like ebay to make your self an profit is an absolute no-no (unless the company says you can do it). Those parts are meant to be used for your projects, NOT for resale.
- Just to be fair to the companies where you got your samples from, buy some of their products.
There is also a helpful site you should check out to! ladyada.net, there is a lot more helpful information about the free sample sites.
Also big thanks to Wesley666 for finding many manufactures and suppliers that will give away free samples!
What Wesley666 has to say:
Will try to update each step into companies that ship to ONLY North America and ones that ship World Wide to help ppl order samples from anywhere ASAP.
If you find any of our links, they don't work or you cant order samples, I will fix them as soon as possible. And I do try to check my comments at least once a day.
Yes, and I will try to update sites as often as possible when I find new places to sample from!
Don't be greedy and try to lie as little as possible
*Also look for the sample buttons because they are hard to spot sometimes but if you can't then you should send an E-mail!*
Step 1: LED's
Marktech | LED's
Bivar | LED's and PCB Packaging
SunLED | LED's and Displays
SunLED USA | LED's
Sensitron | LED's
Marl | LED's -- (This company give samples to engineers only. Sorry students.)
Philip's Lumileds | LED's, High Power LED's