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. madmaze says:

    im at the payment options.. but i think ita about to commit suicide

  2. deathsythe says:

    $375.85 Given away so far

  3. Hammertime says:

    #sparkfun on

    $175 as of 9:12. Sadly, none if it mine.

  4. moo says:

    175 i saw taht too

  5. nom nom nom says:

    This is freaking rediculous…..been waiting to add more to my collection from them, and I get shit upon by the moochers…

  6. JFNova says:

    807.29 given away so far!

  7. lollerskates says:

    I can’t get fucking in!

  8. moo says:

    man this sukcs its timing out when i try cheking out:( im gona go cry no arduino starter pack for me

  9. zomg says:

    $807.29 : as of 11:15

    I can’t get to my checkout page :(

  10. Dan says:

    $807 gone so far

  11. Aaron says:

    1002.19 given away according to the irc channel

  12. Charles says:

    the twitter search for sparkfun is massive

  13. Jimmybean says:

    I made my order up last night, bar is at 800 dollars. as my shopping car finally showed up… here’s to getting further lol.

  14. derek says:

    It was at 75.90 when I hit the “submit and try for free stuff” button… but then the next page timed out and I don’t know if I got in or not.

  15. M says:

    Just saw 807.29… before I lost it.

  16. absolutezero says:

    checkout page? what checkout page?

    had my cart loaded up, can’t proceed :)

    looks like that new cluster wasn’t enough

  17. I’m kinda bummed out because I know when it comes up it will say 100k of 100k given away.

  18. Dave-0 says:

    have had my cart filled and on screen for the last 24 hours with the mouse hovering over check out, 4 alarms on my phone set watched the clock tick to 0, clicked check out and…


  19. FDP says:

    Maybe we can crash hackaday by all logging onto this thread while waiting for sparkfun to come back to life…

  20. Andrew says:

    Yeah, this announcement was pretty lame. Like a lot of you serious enthusiasts, I added this to my calendar months ago and I was so excited thinking about it last night.

    Instead the site is being pounded by tons of users who just want to get some free shit they will probably never use.

  21. DBF says:

    $1602.14 as of right now.

  22. Alan says:

    100% packet loss when pinged from way out in the sticks in the UK.

  23. Chuckt says:

    I tried logging on to Sparkfun eleven hours ago and I couldn’t do much because other than the login screen, the web would say “Cannot find server”. I tried several times today and I cannot get on.

    I think it is a great idea but it is unrealistic to think that it won’t hurt their customer’s feelings to be offered something they cannot get. In many ways the negative advertising from people who can’t win overshadows those who may get through.

    They could have offered $100,000 of free shipping to different customers and more people would have been happy.

    The reason I stay home a lot on Black Friday is because stores offer deals that are unrealistic. They’re giving away something and there is only six per store and there are eighty people in line so they want me to come out but they don’t really want to cut their costs from their already high prices. One store did that to me so I went to their competition and bought the product and never went back to the store that offers empty promises.

  24. jh says:

    1402.14 now.

  25. Matt says:

    ~$800 as of a few minutes ago

  26. mrhands says:

    1,602.14 @ 11:19

  27. billy says:

    1202 now

  28. asc says:

    $1975 so far, websites so slow very few can get in

  29. Mike says:

    Eh, you can’t really blame it too hard on “moochers.” This was pretty heavily publicized all around, and there’s thousands upon thousands of people who believe they have a legitimate need/claim/entitlement for this stuff that goes above and beyond the standard nooblecake. We’re all mooching together, here.

  30. SparkFunGuy says:

    It’s over, the servers have melted. Those who are getting through are getting a message that says sorry the servers are overloaded, and that they are going to try again tomorrow at the same time.

  31. moo says:

    lol i got to the shiping page wooo and 1,900 given away so far

  32. JFNova says:

    Man, there are a lot of moody people on this thread. If I can’t get my stuff today I’m just going to go back tomorrow and pay for it

  33. Venny says:

    this sucks… i wanted to get a aundrio starter kit but i forgot to set up my cart and i cant get past the home page

  34. Kaov says:

    1,600 so far

  35. r34 says:

    $2002 so far

  36. mj says:

    This sucks a bit… For months now I’ve had a shopping cart stocked with things I needed for a project…. I planned a whole project around this, and my cart total was nearly $200- I was going to spend $100 more to gather everything I needed for my project, and I was glad to since this was such a great special. I’ve been a SF customer for a while.

    But that plan was shot to shit. I’d like to see how many other people were spending more than the 100$. Maybe those who were spending extra could have gotten some preference.

  37. Aaron says:

    I dont see how any one can really complain about not getting free stuff… if you wanted it that bad you would have bought it.

    yeah it sucks that we cant get in but that life!!!

  38. Hammertime says:

    $2591.99 as of 9:22 MST

  39. madmaze says:

    its teasing me with the payment options page!!!

  40. deathsythe says:

    $2292 as of a minute ago.

  41. Matt says:

    Wow… this is almost as bad as trying to register for classes….

  42. ha sparkfunguy ha.

  43. kojac says:

    I think their load balancer is down.

  44. Matt says:

    $2400 something a min ago. Saw my cart, hit checkout, then timeout.

  45. Rune kyndal says:

    i think they might just run out of time. before the 100.000 has been given away. as nobody can do anything ;) good thinking LOL

    i get credit for aranging a free giveaway. not having to giveaway anything due massive DDOS shopping spree… sweet

    i saw 78$ given away last time
    anything loaded..

  46. BikeHelmet says:

    “$2,785.64 given away so far!”

  47. Matt says:

    2292.04 now

  48. SanSan says:

    Bad move HackADay to advertise this right before it starts!!!!

    Just logged in to SF and cool down. Only $1,902 gone… so chill down

  49. rob says:

    Was able to get to my shopping cart… $2002.14 given away so far

  50. r34 says:

    $2852 so far

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