Free Electronic Samples





Introduction: Free Electronic Samples

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

Step 1: Rules

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  - leds - leds and displays high powered leds -led related

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

Step 3: Switches -switches -switches -relay switches tactile domes

i know i havent got many but ill add more soon

Step 4: Semi Conductors -semi conductors semi conductors
www.national,com- semi conductors semi conductors semi conductors semi conductors

Step 5: Other



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    I used to enjoy getting samples for my work whilst running a non profit tech learning center. I used to be sent some awesome gear from Atmel, Microchip, Kycon, Maxim, National and Philips as well as others including various motor and gear manufacturers and Texas used to send us bundles of MSP430 dev kits and addon boards as well as tons of IC's and other gear (usually not the newest stuff but it helped alot!) all the companies I have listed helped us big style as they could see the work we were doing and how engaged our guys were in learning electronics on a level that their schools could not provide, we would allways keep a blog updated and mention companies by name and logo when posting about using their gear. It really helped us stay afloat and get new IC's, Cables, Connectors, motors, mounts and LED's and just about anything except cheap parts like resistors, caps, diodes and trannies for building projects and for a couple of years it was great but suddenly we started noticing that we were not getting anything from all the companies that had always been so generous and kind (off of their backs in most cases, we never asked for much but when companies saw the work we were doing and the free advertising and good press they were getting in rteturn they started sending regular boxes of all kinds of awesome!

    We tentatively asked a few of the companies if we had done something wrong and they were really apologetic and sincere and told us that the number crunchers and supply managers had decided to reduce their samples limits for all requests (even legitimate ones like ours and also groups prototyping new designs on shoestring budgets that relied on the helping hands) and were winding their samples services right down due to the huge amount of private individuals posing as inventors and non-profits, schools and the like but requesting stupidly large amounts and never being heard from again after getting $200 of parts with $50 worth of worldwide Fedex shipping. They even reported that they were getting people calling up at least 3 or 4 times a day from all over the world asking "I want to get some free stuff, how do I get some?" when asked what they wanted and what for they would simply say to play with or just mess around with but they promise they will spread the word that xxxxx were a great company and it would boost their sales... (yeah right). It had become such a problem that they were loosing $1000'S a month and seeing no feedback except from operations like the genuine ones like ours and the huge volume of online and telephone requests without any explanation of the plans they were getting had jumped through the roof.

    A few of the IC makers kept helping us but without those parts we needed from the extreamly kind and generous services manufacturers were providing for education and non profit learning, our costs went right up to a point where we were having to use our own personal money (nothing to do with the project we were running) and badgering local businesses for finacial aid to sty afloat.

    Over about 6 months we were done . Those initial free samples that had all evolved to a mutual benefit for us and the suppliers were what was keeping us bobbing along and able to provide our youngsters with up to date unused and qualitly gear for building prototypes to enter national events and local shows and events.

    It was all wrecked by people (mostly young folk) who just saw the word "FREE" and took these companies for huge amounts with no follow up purchases or advertising. People aged 15 or 16 calling up Atmel and just saying "Hi I want to get some free chips and dev kits, how do I do that?" and others lying on sample request forms all destroyed what was once a fantastic service for small outfits like us and mutally benefitial.

    Only a few companies still offer samples and the numbers they will supply are tightly limited to very few pieces per item and only a few different models per request and you have to submit full plans and a website address to prove who you are.

    I know this post and ones like it did not meen to do so but because so many people found out about this little exploit they took as much as they could and finished it for teachers and studants who needed it. Thanks!

    can anybody tell me the procedure to get free sample for electronics projects.

    I tried ordering electronics samples . Its impossible without a corporate email address . Was anybody successful ?

    Another step, Give a review of your work with their item. Their own tech support could use info from your idea, to help others seeking to do the same thing. (Within reason, I.E. Proprietary info for your project that you want to copyright., etc.. Some will actually help with the non-disclosure documentation!)


    2 years ago

    Where can i get something to become a spy?

    Where can i get some free LEDs from


    2 years ago

    Can hobbyists really get sample parts?

    The forms for samples always asks for your company name and your position. If you are honest and say none or NA can you get samples?

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    Yes hobbiests can. need a really good reason as to WHY they should give you a couple of pieces. If you only need 2 for something small, then buy them. Else, put together your white paper like a business plan and make the proposal. I get stuff frequently by showing my science on paper, offering to pay for some items and asking for only a couple of others that are usually more specialized. Offering to purchase primarily from them if it is a success helps your odds. You can do it but you must be willing to work for them.

    Hey ,

    I called up several of the sites , and there was nothing on them about : " free samples " either I am doing something wrong , or this whole thing is a bogus waste of time !!

    Cheers !!....73...

    Where can i get free windturbine parts i no its alot

    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...

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    I haven't signed up yet or do I know much about any of this , but my entire life I have had a idea about magnets and have put it to many thoughts . I only have a G.E.D . and no collage under my belt at all . Do you think this is something I should get into to try out my idea or not ? I'm a honest person with a real email address and I do not like wasting my time or any ones me for that matter . And what if my idea is a failure can I just stop or can I keep trying , I would need some decent size magnets to start and I'm sure I can get this project up and running with the right items , my email address is if you would like to reply there it will be fine , thank you for your time . Have a nice day .


    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.

    Ok so where do I get the dtuff. I need a few Caps and 2 pots for my bass guitar!