Since the "Your latest purchase" thread is popular I am going to shamelessly copy it, just like a Chinese manufacturer.(I'm also going to make inflammatory claims to encourage responses...)Me: I convinced AD to send me an AD7762 which is a precision 625ksps 24 bit ADC. This is beyond my skill level and I have never interfaced an external ADC before but what the hell, I bet I can get something working here even if it not optimal. We will see.What was your latest and greatest sample?
I've never applied for a free sample from a chip manufacture as I assumed that I was not the target for such programs and offerings. Most need you to register and seem to want a company name, title, etc and I never felt as a hobbyist, I should have to 'invent' such, just to get some freebies.
Lady Ada does it. What more do I need to say?
QuoteLady Ada does it. What more do I need to say?Does not LA actually design, manufacture, and sell electronic modules and devices that could utilize sample chips? Sounds like just what the program is aimed at. I'm not down on hobbyist that apply for such samples, I just buy what I want to play with. I can afford it and it keeps me a little more disciplined as I have too much stuff and too many uncompleted projects as it is.Lefty
It's hard to go wrong with free. Parts manufacturers are often more than happy to ship you, for no cost, a few samples of their merchandise. They often ship within the week, sometimes the next day, and with free 2-3day FedEx/UPS
Don't max out the vendor-imposed sample limits and sell the extras on eBay, though. That's just wrong.(Although, it has occurred to be that an interesting strategy would be for a manufacturer to hire someone to sell "sample quantities" at near-zero prices on eBay for them. It'd a bit prone to abuse from too many directions, though. Still ... outsourcing to cottage industry...)
I don't think it could hurt the manufacturer that much
QuoteI don't think it could hurt the manufacturer that muchI guess that one thought against hobbyists sampling (or people selling their samples on eBay) is that it hurts the distributors that cater to hobbyists. Some of those are money-grabbing opportunists that sell chips and parts at tremendous markups, but a lot of them do a good job of providing parts to various niches, and I'd hate to see them go away.
I will also promote the product to fellow hobbyist if the product is worthy. I feel it is a fair trade in my situation.
If you are honest and upfront about asking, some manufacturers will gladly provide samples to even hobbyists. Microchip, Maxim, and Dallas Semi have sent me parts in the past when I sent them letters explaining what I wanted and why. In all cases the items were sent via USPS rather than overnight (which costs much more than the parts--and indeed qualifies as harm)If you misleed, even by lying from omission, when requesting such parts you are, in my opinion, committing theft through fraud. An honest/ethical approach is simple, just provide the whole and complete truth when requesting the samples and let the company decide if they wish to send you a freebie. For those of you who don't provide the complete truth, what do you say to the sales person who usually posts a follow-up call relating to such 'freebies'...And sorry, but I don't see much difference to the lines of reasoning used in this thread; http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,105119.0.htmlOh, when requested, I received nearly a dozen difference PICs (different types) from Microchip, and some A2D chips from Maxim. Don't remember what I received from Dallas Semi...
Thank you for sharing with us the samples that you received. Microchip seems like good people for sure.
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