Dumpster Dive 2017 has come and gone for you fine folks out there, but for us here at SparkFun, we're just getting started. This is the first time in the history of Dumpster Dive that we attempted a build-to-order purchasing style that allowed those of you who wanted a box the ability to click the "Backorder" button on its product page, and we built the boxes in the order they were received. It worked! No website crash, no limited stock, and most importantly those of you who wanted (and were able to get) a Dumpster Dive were able to do so.
All in all, we had 473 orders come in in just 10 minutes for the Dumpster Dive on September 13th. You might be wondering, "where is my Dumpster Dive?" Well, we are glad you asked! Before the dive started we promised to begin fulfilling orders within 30 days of the event and we still plan on following through. We expect to start building Dumpster Dive boxes by the end of this week to the middle of next (in the order they were received, of course) in groups of 50 or so. As you can see from the picture above, we have divided everything going into each box by weight and cost to make sure you receive a mixed box of different parts with different value.
Obviously, everything wasn't perfect with this Dumpster Dive, and we are still iterating on this ever-evolving event. Tell us what you think - how do you think Dumpster Dive can grow and change? We have a pretty clear vision for the future but we'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Thank you again for making Dumpster Dive 2017 an amazing day!