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 am so upset that some of you can even connect…last page I saw was the “we are adding servers…blah” page around 10AM EST….this sucks

  2. 100k given away at 11:25! You can now get back to your regular lives (and also stop trying to access the server k thnx)

  3. Anyone who doesn’t already have an account set up from yesterday should just stop now, you are not going to get it set up, and you are just bogging thigns down for the rest of us.

  4. This reminds me of when Amazon did a black friday sale when the xbox360 came out for $99……

    I hope I can get through before my meeting in 30min.

  5. Can we get hack-a-day to remove this posting for an hour or so so n00bs stop trying to signup? This late in the process and there is no chance they will get through. But there is hope yet for the rest of us.

  6. THX hack a day, you do it. The most stupid denial of service in the world.
    As people comment, most guys will just buy things that even don’t know about it, or how work. Just because it’s free.
    I’ts intended as a sharing day with regular customers. Now it’s ruined.

  7. On the monday after thanksgiving Moosejaw.com was doing 50% off everything all day. I got my stuff checked out that day but the same thing was happening so I’m not expecting much. Funny, while I was typing my cart loaded… again.

    $3547.19

  8. Why get angry at Sparkfun? We get free shit in exchange for them stress-testing their system. How could anyone not see this coming?

  9. Ive been trying to get onto sparkfun since 7:30 my time (which is 1 hour ahead of them)

    Have yet to even see the home page, connection interrupted every time

    This was a poorly executed idea, ran off of some local yokel small time host (rockynet) on poor server hardware, its been 3x as difficult to even get on even before the rush

    EPIC FAIL

  10. They should have made this for previous customers only or something. People have made tens of thousands of new accounts in the last day, many fraudulent duplicates by people wanting multiple orders, many by people who will just try to get free high-dollar stuff to flip on Ebay.

    Its an awesome idea, but I have the feeling that SparkFun didn’t foresee this big of a problem.
    They actually are asking people on the internet to use the honor system?

  11. They’ve sparkfun’d themselves.

    Posted at 9:34 am on Jan 7th, 2010 by Mitchel Humpherys

    Nice!!!! A new meme in the creation.

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