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…

624 thoughts on “SparkFun’s Free Day is nearly upon us…

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

Leave a Reply

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

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com 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