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Old 11th May 2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Many manufacturers offer samples of pieces that hobbyists would like to play with. The problem I have run into in getting samples is that I am not an electronics manufacturer, even though I work for one on the business side of things. Does anyone have tips for those of us who are not engineers or manufacturers on how to acquire samples?

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Old 11th May 2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Why do manufacturers offer free samples to anyone? Why should they, what is in it for them?
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Old 11th May 2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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They are trying to drive sales of their products.
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Old 11th May 2012, 05:55 PM   #4
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I am registered at STMicroelectronics page, and in this way they tell you can ask for samples. I several times asked them for the samples of some variety of semiconductors, and none I had answer, neither a simple email refusing it. Very bad boy´s.
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Old 11th May 2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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There are two ways to get samples. One is to go to the manufacturers web site and request them. The other is to contact the local sales rep and make a request. In both cases there are several stock questions they will ask. 1) Is this for product development, and if so what is the target product sectror. 2) Where in the devlopment process is the project? early r&d, pre-production, obsolencense? ect. 3) What is the anticipated production quanties per year? So if you just want one or two to play with, that is not what samples are for, and personally I don't blame them for not giving away parts to those who have no intention of going into manufacturing. That being said there are some companies that are more DIY friendly than others. I will leave it to the reader to find out who they are.
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Old 13th May 2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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As a hobbyist, you don't have a right to free samples, this would undermine the purpose of these programs. But, if you work for a corp, you may be able to sweet-talk the PA into helping (Hint box of beer for him or chocolates for her, works wonders!). E
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Old 13th May 2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Even when involved with big projects, you may not always get free samples, it depends on the component, manufacturer cost, predicted volumes etc etc
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I have found that if your honest and ask nicely... most will send you free samples.
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I have found that if your honest and ask nicely... most will send you free samples.
Once I needed a special connector for my car and I called up AMP. I explained to them i just need 1 piece and they sent it to me.

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