SparkFun’s Free Day is nearly upon us…

As I’m sure many of you already now, today is January 7th. While that might not have any real significance normally, today this means that our favorite hobby supplier, SparkFun, is giving away up to $100,000 of electronic goodness. We know we have our shopping carts filled to the brim, and we’re sure that most of you do too. With the start of Free Day being roughly 10 minutes away, we recommend that everyone man their shopping carts…. This should be interesting…


  1. Quin says:

    I know people who are buying Arduinos, just to spite the normal commenters here.

    That is, if the site stays up long enough for them to punch check-out.

  2. Aaron says:

    cant even get onto the site… )o:

  3. greensasquatch says:

    What the hell is wrong with you hack-a-day? Why on earth would you ruin free day at SparkFun by announcing it right before it happens?

    What were you thinking? Every Joe Blow who doesn’t know an arduino from a lawn gnome will try to get on just because there is free stuff.

  4. fsphil says:

    It seems the spark has gone out. What are the odds that nobody manages to buy anything today?

  5. Atom says:

    I haven’t been able to pull up the site for like 2 days now….

  6. Venny says:

    ahaha the sites already crashed

  7. Boudico says:

    Site is down as of 5 minute prior to sale

  8. Chris says:

    I can’t even connect to the website (15 minutes before up to 5 minutes before go time). I really think it was great of sparkfun to do this, but since only 1000 people get in on the deal, most of us are spending today crying through our shattered free servo dreams.

  9. Elim says:

    Well I think Sparkfun is already down, lol. The site keeps timing out and not loading.

  10. anon says:

    fuck everyone who comes just for free shit

  11. Ozzy says:

    I have been waiting patiently since the day they announced free day and gone through many different shopping cart combination. I got a good night sleep and set everything up at home so I could have all the bandwidth to visit sparkfun ninja style and instead I am at hackaday because they are down.

  12. deathsythe says:

    the site has been slow all morning, since like 0400 EST too… I haven’t been able to get to my shopping cart in hours.

  13. AC says:

    For the last couple of hours their website is either down for upgrade or does not respond

  14. Gizm0 says:

    Looks like their servers got hit way too hard…

  15. The internet is going to blow up in one minute. there are 1864 people in the sparkfun irc channel.

  16. nave.notnilc says:

    hackaday did a post in november, before any other news site afaict. also, shut up :P

  17. CrazyGage says:

    I guess no one gets the $200 for correctly guessing the time that it ended. Ended before it even started.

  18. AnthonyDi says:

    Hmm… T-1min and sites down maybe I dont need an arduino that bad :(

  19. Elim says:

    This SUX!

  20. Hellmark says:

    I’ve not been able to pull up the site for a half hour now. eventually the main page loaded, but no luck since.

  21. madmaze says:

    hmm its like when theres a bag-o-crap on woot..
    its all broke now

  22. DanJ says:

    Their site is timing out as though they were being DDoS’d by half the world, simultaneously…

    Here’s hoping hitting F5 enough will get me through…

  23. john personna says:

    I got in last night, but not today.

    Oh well, I guess it makes the $100K more of a gamble … you’ve got to be on-line when the site comes back up!

    (I won’t be greedy … ~70 for an Arduino starter kit.)

  24. AnthonyDi says:

    Maybe this was there plan, shut down the site till halfway through the day

  25. MyYz400 says:

    Grid locked….Maybe if we all keep flooding the site long enough, no one will be able to buy anything. Then maybe they will reschedule the deal! Wishful thinking.

  26. spencer says:

    I got it to work 1 minute before starting, takes forever!!!!!! Only 1,000 people will get $100 of free stuff. I am guessing that there are more than 1,000 people logged into the site right now.

  27. Vincent says:

    Good luck, looks like their new severs can’t take the heat.

  28. MyYz400 says:

    Anyone who has been to the site, know the total by now?

  29. madmaze says:

    Ive been on there since last night but i cant move back or forward lol.. i have 3 machines trying =/

  30. blue carbuncle says:

    I refreshed and got 2 :) Anybody want one?

  31. RobThePyro says:

    You should know what its like trying to access the spark from south africa! this site has been unreachable for me for over an hour.. I even filled my cart up ready to go 3 days ago! oh well.. I tried.

  32. Eric says:

    This is a GREAT hack. Ahem*cough*… How to DDOS a website. 1)Offer free shit at your selected time. 2)Sit back and laugh. 3)???? 4)PROFIT! Oh wait….nevermind, noone can get to your site, and that’s because you were giving it all away. Honestly , I just wanted to see how long it took.

  33. AnthonyDi says:

    For some reason I thought I’d actually get one. I’ll check back in an hour.

  34. greensasquatch says:

    RE: nave.notnilc

    And anyone who actually needed anything on the site would have written the date in their calendar and come back for it.

    Posting right before the giveaway is just going to get a bunch of idiots who want free stuff.

    Don’t be a hack-a-day apologist.

  35. sam says:

    The Site was up one hour ago , that it vanished …

  36. Aaron says:

    any one have the irc address off hand?

  37. wiggles says:

    had it up and realised i hadnt updated my shipping info. D’oh.

  38. madmaze says:

    the bar is at 80$

  39. nave.notnilc says:

    nobody who’s just trying to set up a cart now has a chance in hell of getting anything.

  40. brainzombie says:

    The site is in constant timeout. Sparkfail.

  41. Vincent says:

    Got through, $180 given away so far.

  42. Elim says:

    Sparkfail LOL

  43. Ozzy says:
  44. Ditto says:

    So only 1000 people will be given free stuff, IF those 1000 people have their chopping carts filled to the brim/overfilled. Other wise they will give out 100,000$ worth of stuff.

  45. jh says:

    $75.90 given away so far. someone got through.

    my cart is working now, so I may get through… we’ll see.

  46. spencer says:

    Shows 175.90 given away, So im guessing 2 people have made it.

  47. Mike says:

    Yeah, what’s fascinating here is that it said only $175 had been claimed so far. I think nobody’s getting in, period. I suppose this means it’s going to be the incredibly diligent/determined people that stick around for a few hours who actually get the loot.

  48. r34 says:

    375.85 given away so far

  49. Mike says:

    Oop. Well, now it looks like that number is swiftly rising.

  50. greensasquatch says:


    It’s true, but they sure muck it up for the rest of us.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,468 other followers