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Did you know that some manufactures and suppliers will give away some free samples of their produces to customers and engineers to test them on their projects?

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 another instructable that is similar to this, check it out! List Of **FREE STUFF** For your projects, it has a lot of useful information about some companies that give away free samples, and tells you how to get free samples.

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!*
 
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Walid Issa20 hours ago

Microchip site. I have got many many samples from them

Bryanmatthew76 months ago
Where can I get pcb's? Does anyone know?

It is relatively easy to make them at home. that said, I haven't got to that stage yet. Nonetheless, there are plenty instructions on a website i know of. Here's a link: http://www.instructables.com/ . And with programs like Fritzing, you can order one off pcbs for a low price. Hope I helped!

I've heard that Texas Instruments is definitely reliable. It seems that many other sites make you put in tons of personal info, only to deny your request because you aren't part of a company.
TI are great, so far they were the only ones I used for ICs. they are really really reliable and the delivery is quick, even to England! however, most of the time, you will only find soic and other surface mount packages, not DIP packages. I was fortunate enough to find 555 timers in a DIP package thogh, so if you persevere, they are brilliant.
kiralylorand3 months ago

I'm ordered some stuff from Zilog, and they accepted to send me what i choose. My question is: the shipping it's for free, even if i live in Europe?

TNX for response.

comsa424 months ago

Hahaha! I requested two samples from e-switch and they had a representative come to my house and hand-deliver them! Man what a nice company! Two rock solid switches as well! They must be getting lots of customers like this.

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mwagner637 months ago

Excellent instructable. Does anyone know where I can get audio connector samples? 3.5mm plug and jack to be specific

gosh. Anywhere. Find some old headphones or CD player. They will have one. Or just pay $3 for one.....

gosh. Anywhere. Find some old headphones or CD player. They will have one. Or just pay $3 for one.....

gosh. Anywhere. Find some old headphones or CD player. They will have one. Or just pay $3 for one.....

gosh. Anywhere. Find some old headphones or CD player. They will have one. Or just pay $3 for one.....

jrdelrey6 months ago

I will strongly recommend to ask for very few rare stuff that is needed urgently or that it's pretty hard to find in your place. Component vendors are looking for profit (obviously) and many are implementing locks like corporate email addresses, along with estimating annual usage. For quick and easy supplies I would recommend to go to a broker like newark, digikey, mouser (no preference). I live in Mexico and even if what I can get in local stores is very consumer oriented (radioshack here only sells TVs, phones and batteries, not components), these providers reach you at a reasonable cost.

dsur6 months ago

About enclosures - no free samples.!!!

wyatt_heaton8 months ago
Am I the only one who is very impressed with this instructable?
cruisetom9511 months ago
I don't have company address ? What should I do without paying up for a new domain? Pls help me out
jasshopper1 year ago
is there a place where you could order free mosfets without a credit card?

Never received the samples led that they offered,for thedevelopment of projects in our company, we do not know if there is an evil understood in that supply. att: W Diaz
Integrated Device Technology
www.idt.com/
They provide free samples.
Requires a valid company email address.


Analog & RF
Audio Products
Clocks & Timing
Data Converters
Interface & Connectivity
Memory & Logic
Power Management
Touch & User Interface
Oh, and some silicon oscillators.
z1rc0n1 year ago
Tayda are good and cheap. Much faster than Futurlec.
puddingpet1 year ago
Anyone know what honeycomb is used for/proper name for it, and which place I could get a small amount really quick? I need it for an art project, and I am not sure where I can find it(perfectibility in Toronto) or where I could order it? I got it from a sample pack asking for semiconductors a few years back, but I lost their catalog and samples.

Thanks x_x

this stuff http://www.forkstudio.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/softbox_0017.jpg
I have a question that i live in India and if i order samples from a US website, will they charge me for shipping of the materials, i am in need of some 2-3 resistors, a relay, a 555 timer and some transistors?
jbaker222 years ago
How do I get free relay samples from elesta?
Dewoitine2 years ago
I requested some items to Keystone from Mexico and they promised to send me the samples with their distributor in Mexico. They were very polite.
See if I get my stuff!
I have had a great experience with Samtec. I was able to get some really nice USB ports from them for free, no questions asked. And the best part --free next day air shipping! But only get what you need so we can all use their wonderful service. 

http://www.samtec.com/SuddenService/samples/samples.aspx
mattccc2 years ago
http://www.ladyada.net/library/procure/samples.html
powerman6662 years ago
Smtty092 years ago
Keystone also has battery connections and holders. I sent a request in at 9:00 and by 10:30 had an email saying they will ship tomorrow.

Hello Dustin,

Thank you for contacting Keystone Electronics. The samples you requested below will ship today.

In the meantime, should you require any further information, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards

(Removed her personal information)


You requested the following:

* Full line M60 Catalog

* Followup information on our Custom Department

Samples requested:

2 - 2477RB - PLASTIC BATTERY HOLDER (4 AA battery case

5 - 5040 - ALLIGATOR CLIP (Medium size with Black Case)

5 - 5039 - ALLIGATOR CLIP (Medium with red)

5 - 233 - 9 VOLT VINYL STRAP (9 Volt strap found in toys)
Nman1203 years ago
did you get any thing completely free?(product & shipping) cause my first try WIMA capacitors does like discounted samples-not free.
jj.inc Nman1202 years ago
free capacitors are hard to find, try out niccomp.com, I just sent in a request, but they look like I should get some samples out of them.
oddWires2 years ago
You may not have heard of oddWires (oddwires.com) but we're an up and coming company specializing in Arduino, audio and low-cost component packs for hobbyists & professionals alike. Some unique offerings include the PT2322 audio processing ship with a library to enable you to control your 5.1 amp from your Arduino. Example sketch & library available. Authorized Arduino Distributor.
you have a great site
I haven't requested any samples from here and I haven't gone through every page so I might have missed it but try http://www.powerint.com/
powerman6662 years ago
I just got my sample switches from NKK Switches. I got 2 FR01KC16P Dip Rotary Hex Switches and 2 LW3122-E2FC-A Power Rocker/Illuminated Red and Green/ Snap-In switches!
Is there an "annual usage" field you had to fill out if so what did you put?
If there was I put 100.
Ok
From http://vcclite.com/SampleRequest I requested 1 Blue 10MM LED and got 6+ an LED mount sample pack. They have a rep call you and confirm the request. Also http://www.bhelectronics.com Personally delivered a sample 5v to 24v DC Transformer. I mean they didn't mail it, they actually came out to my office with it in their hands. Very cool! and NKK sent me 2 Green illuminated momentary switches. I will post pictures soon.
What do I put in the estimated annual usage field? Is it how many Parts I need like quantity or is it something else? Please respond ASAP
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