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Old 30th August 2002, 05:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Being charged for chip samples

A few days ago I ordered some sample parts from both burr brown (now Texas Instruments) and Analog devices, sampling some of their High-End DAC's, multi-channel DAC's, digital filters and the like. The Burr-Brown chips came via the courier just fine, but the package from Analog devices, who used the same courier, had a cash on delivery charge of nz$238 (approx us$120) for delivery costs. As the chips I ordered had a value of approx $30, I refused to pay it and is now being returned to where it came from.
Has anybody else successfully ordered samples from Analog Devices withour being charged a ridiculus amount for postage (the package weighed only a few grams).

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Old 30th August 2002, 06:07 AM   #2
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I have ordered from Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, Maxim and National Semiconductor with no shipping charges from anyone. I live in Canada. Perhaps your problem has to do with the fact that you're in the Europe. Any other Europeans have problems with samples?


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Old 30th August 2002, 07:17 AM   #3
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Whoops, I'd forgotten to edit my profile when I returned to New Zealand. The deliveries were shipped to NZ.

I suppose 'kiwi_abroad' is no longer a suitable user name.
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Has anybody else successfully ordered samples from Analog Devices withour being charged a ridiculus amount for postage (the package weighed only a few grams).
Cheers, Adrian
AD is VERY generous here in Sweden. They give away everything want. Have loads of samples. I have a couple of DAC's.

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Old 30th August 2002, 08:44 AM   #5
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I ordered from AD , national semi, texas with paying nothing for the samples.
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Old 19th September 2002, 03:04 AM   #6
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Hi All,

As a follow up, the samples were returned to Singapore, and then were sent to me again, only this time with no charge. So I'm a happy person again.

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Old 19th September 2002, 01:59 PM   #7
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Do you ppl actually think that these sample offers are for DIY'ers? Aren't samples design to help comapny develop new products? These Person don't give away samples asking nothing in return, they want to help designers who will then buy large number of those devices.

Just try to realise the amount of money your stealing from them.. Free devices
Free Shipping
Free border fees




just think about that next time you want to abuse the system...


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Old 19th September 2002, 02:25 PM   #8
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NU_NRG,

I disagree with your view.

Getting a few samples from manufacturers is not stealing from them. In fact, they would be more than pleased that DIYers choose their product.

Why? You may ask.

1. Many big names starting small. Threshold (Mr. Pass) is an example; Apple (Steve Jobs) is another,... the list jsut goes on.

2. Many of us DIYers are electronics engineers professionally, and maybe one of us has a day time job designing similar products as well.

3. Giving away a few parts is part of the manufacturers' marketing strategy. This is cheap advertisement. See how many people has read the numerous threads in this forum. A few of us would just buy from distributors instead. If the parts are good, the word would just spread quickly. Of course the opposite is also true, but this is beyond the point.

I still remember in my good old days in University, I could buy student versions of various software packages (this is still true today, I believe). By using these packages early, one gets familiar with them and would just continue to use them (and recommend them) when they work. DIYer would follow the same trend: why use something else if a tried one works?

BTW: I also obtained a few sample parts from various suppliers, and I always told them the usage is for DIY projects. I have no rejects so far.

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Old 19th September 2002, 02:34 PM   #9
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Default make sens..but

Maybe I'm simply unaware of the total profit these copany can make but I feel that people who abuse the sampling offers are simply stealing.

As you stated It is possible that some DIYers will some day start their own buisness and then use these devices..

but in the mean time some people will still receive devices for free even if -> had a cash on delivery charge of nz$238 (approx us$120) for delivery costs

THank you for sharing your point of view HC
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I think, when you ask for free samples and build something useful using them, it's still OK. But what about people who order them just because they are available and do nothing about them?

I tried to buy AD chips from local distributor, but the minimum order was 20. So I ordered them directly as samples.
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