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Dumpster Dive Returns

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Dumpster Dive: back and better than ever!

It’s been a while since we had a dive, so mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 26th - and maybe set an alarm or two, just to be safe.

We recently cleaned out a neglected closet jam-packed full of product and parts and then some, and you know what they say about one person's neglected closet jam-packed full of product and parts and then some. This year we will have one-pound boxes for $20; you’ll find boards, LEDs, kits and more inside!

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What's a Dumpster Dive? Between samples, customer returns, demo items and old stuff that’s been sitting on the shelves for way too long, we’ve amassed quite a few bins worth of various electronics. It ranges from one-off items, to items that are a little broken or ugly, to items that aren’t worth individually listing and selling. We didn’t like the idea of recycling them, since it could still be useful and worth getting into people’s hands. And so behold: the Dumpster Dive.

The 2020 Dive is live at 12 p.m. MT - please be sure to adjust for your US time zone.

Rules for the Dive:

Product will be live until we run out, a slight change from the made-to-order format of the past few dives. No backorders will be available.

  • February 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. MT
  • Limit one $20 box per customer
  • One-pound boxes only
  • US customers only
  • Economy shipping only
  • No combining orders
  • No on-site sales
  • No support or returns

Unfortunately, we were unable to extend the Dumpster Dive outside of the United States this year. This decision is still based on shipping restrictions becoming stricter, compliance complications, and material handling safety concerns.

As a reminder: The Dumpster Dive is a gamble and the contents are not guaranteed. We will not provide tech support or returns on any of the goods since many are not products we ever supported, or they might be returns with unknown defects. We will be getting orders out as quickly as possible, but cannot promise same-day shipping. Happy diving!

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SparkFun’s Week of Deals

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Our week of deals is here! Whether you need to stock up for upcoming projects or shop for some last-minute gifts, we've got you covered. Each day this week has a new set of discounted products, and don’t forget to check out week-long sales on the Electronics Pantry category to stock up your workshop for 2020.

Week of Deals Schedule

As a reminder: Sale categories will be live from their release day all the way through Friday, so no need to worry if you need parts from multiple days (just be sure to keep an eye on stock levels, as we will not be allowing backorders). For example, discounts on machine learning products will launch on Tuesday, and they will be on sale all the way through Friday at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Rules & Information: The sale will run from 12:01 a.m. MT on December 9, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. MT on December 13, 2019. New products will be released each day and will be available at that sale price from their respective release days through Friday, December 13, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. MT. No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. Distributor accounts will not be eligible for sale prices. We will not be allowing the combining of orders during this sale.

Please note: We will be working hard to get as many orders out as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee same-day shipping during the sale days.

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Week of Deals Preview

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Enginursday with exciting news! Did you miss the sale last weekend? Maybe you have some last minute shopping to do, or a new project you’re working on. If so, you’re in luck. Starting next Monday (12/9), we have a whole week of deals for you! New deals will launch each day, featuring different product themes, and be sure to check out the Electronics Pantry category and get stocked up for all your 2020 projects. We will have a special page set up just for the sale items starting Monday, so finding what you need will be as smooth as scissors gliding through wrapping paper (just us?).

Week of Deals calendar

Sales will be live from their release day all the way through Friday, so no need to worry if you need parts from multiple days. (Just be sure to keep an eye on stock levels, as we will not be allowing backorders). For example, discounts on machine learning products will launch Tuesday, and they will be on sale all the way through Friday at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Happy stock-up! And if you’re buying gifts last minute, we won’t tell.

Rules & Information: The sale will run from 12:01 a.m. MT on December 9, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. MT on December 13, 2019. New products will be released each day, and will be available at that sale price from their respective release days through Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MT. No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. Distributor accounts will not be eligible for sale prices. We will not be allowing combining of orders during this sale.

Please note: We will be working hard to get as many orders out as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee same-day shipping during the sale days.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale Preview

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It’s almost time for a whole lotta deals. Starting Friday, November 29, and running all weekend through Monday, December 2, we’ve got deals across most of the SparkFun catalog. We’re offering 15 percent off items in the SparkFun Originals category, in addition to a selected list of items with discounts up to 25 percent off (the list is still being finalized, but we'll make it really easy to find first thing Friday).

We’re also going to be trying something again this year: on a limited set of products, we will be allowing backorders. Like any backordered item, we cannot make promises about when the item will be back in stock and shipped. Please bear with us as we experiment with this!

Rules & Information:

The sale will run from 12:01 a.m. MT on Friday, November 29, to 11:59 p.m. MT on Monday, December 2. No rainchecks will be allowed, but backorders will be allowed only on select products. Distributor accounts will not be eligible for sale prices. Some items will have maximum quantities available per order. We will not be allowing combining of orders during this sale.

Please note: We will be working hard to get as many orders out as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee same-day shipping during the sale days. At least you don't have to rush a store!


While you're waiting for the weekend deals to begin, don't forget that all of our Master of Coin and Thank the Maker shirts have been reduced in price from $19.95 to $14.95. If you haven't had the chance to pick up your own, this will be your last chance to get these two designs before they are gone forever.

Master of Coin Shirt - Large (Red)

Master of Coin Shirt - Large (Red)

SWG-15280
$19.95 $14.95
Thank the Maker Women's Tee - Small

Thank the Maker Women's Tee - Small

SWG-14461
$19.95 $14.95

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Welcome to the Real World

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Machine learning is pretty incredible, and sometimes seems like it belongs in sci-fi movies. We’re pretty excited about the seemingly endless possibilities that machine learning offers, which is why we’ve partnered with Hackster to launch a new contest: Machine Learning in the Real World.

We’re looking for the next great group of projects that help incorporate machine learning into everyday life. Projects will need to utilize our new RedBoard Artemis ATP, at least one Qwiic component, and machine learning (we recommend TensorFlow for that aspect).

Check out the Hackster Contest page!


Show us what you got!

Projects can be entered into one of the four categories below:

  • Business : Are you an inventor or entrepreneur with a great idea? Show us how you would use Artemis, Qwiic components and machine learning in a product.
  • Home: Any type of project that has something to do with solving everyday problems around the house - could be security related, help with meal planning, or add to backyard fun.
  • Nature: Any project that helps solve problems in nature, like helping folks explore outside or helping with wildlife conservation.
  • Wildcard: If your project doesn't quite fit any of the other categories, this is the place for it!

Important Dates:

  • Application for free hardware closes Oct. 17, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT
  • Recipients announced Oct. 24, 2019
  • Project submissions are due Jan. 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PT

Free hardware info:

Forty participants will receive free hardware in the form of one of two kits. Applications will be accepted through the Hackster contest page until October 17, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Be prepared to describe your project in the application! Even if you don’t get selected for free hardware, you’re still able to enter a project into the competition. Be aware, if you receive free hardware but do not submit a project, you will no longer be eligible to receive hardware in future Hackster contests.

Apply for free hardware here

Kit 1

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Kit 2

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Prizes

It’s a contest; of course there are prizes! First, second and third place in each category will receive a prize.

Home, Nature and Wildcard categories:

  • 1st: $1,000 SFE gift card
  • 2nd: $100 SFE gift card
  • 3rd: $50 SFE gift card

Business:

  • 1st: 100 Artemis modules to help get your product to market, plus a $100 SFE gift card
  • 2nd: $100 SFE gift card
  • 3rd: $50 SFE gift card

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Two Weeks of Free: Week Two Sneak Peek

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We hope you are all enjoying the first week of free. Don’t forget, you have until tomorrow (Thursday) night at 11:59 p.m. MT to use Week One’s promo codes. Week Two begins Friday, September 6.


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To recap: this year, we’re celebrating two weeks of free gear. Each week features different items, and you get to choose from among them. Think of it like a Choose Your Own Adventure, but with processors and sensors and stuff.

If the product offerings for the first week weren’t quite what you were looking for, hopefully you can find a freebie from Week Two’s product list when it begins this Friday, September 6!

Week Two: Purchase either the Artemis RedBoard (yes, the new one) or the Qwiic RedBoard and pick one of three sensors (listed below) to get for free! This week of free will end next Friday, September 13, at 11:59 p.m. MT. You can also find out more at our Two Weeks of Free page!

Some reminders to keep it fun for everyone before we get to the good stuff:

  • If you don’t have some, be sure to throw some Qwiic cables in your cart to get your new project up and running.
  • Only one promo code can be used per customer, per week.
  • Must have your RedBoard and Qwiic board in your cart before adding promo code.
  • Orders utilizing promo codes cannot be combined with other orders for shipping.
  • Offer is good while supplies last. No rainchecks. No backorders.
  • If items are returned from an order using a promo code, bringing the order total below the threshold for promo code use, the full price of items in the order will be applied.
  • Offer not available for distributors

Now on to the fun stuff:

SparkFun Distance Sensor Breakout - 4 Meter, VL53L1X (Qwiic)

SparkFun Distance Sensor Breakout - 4 Meter, VL53L1X (Qwiic)

SEN-14722
$21.95
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SparkFun UV Light Sensor Breakout - VEML6075 (Qwiic)

SparkFun UV Light Sensor Breakout - VEML6075 (Qwiic)

SEN-15089
$6.95
SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog

SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog

DEV-15164
$16.95

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