Description: Want to rummage through the SparkFun dumpster? We have a lot of products that we either can’t or won’t sell for various reasons. This can include customer returns, damaged products (physical or cosmetic), overstock, production samples, or anything that’s just not selling well enough on the site and we need to get rid of. Instead of this ending up in our dumpster (or environmentally friendly e-waste recycling programs), we boxed it up and are offering you a chance to rummage through our virtual dumpster.
Each SparkFun Dumpster Dive is 1.5 pounds (not including the box) of random parts. We tried our best to provide a wide assortment in each box, but due to the nature of the contents, each box is completely unique and random. You could get almost anything, as long as it fits in the box.
Opening each box is similar to 5 years worth of Christmas morning excitement, all condensed down into a single moment (individual results may vary).
Note: 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 might be returns with unknown defects. Every box will still have many usable parts. If you are looking for fully functioning, well documented goods, we would advise against getting a Dumpster Dive. Limit one per customer.
Based on 3 ratings:
11 of 11 found this helpful:
What can I say? It’s a box of mostly random crap. Mine was full of SMD roll cutoffs, wire, a badly soldered LED Christmas tree (Every component was soldered backwards and on the wrong side), etc. There was also a IOIO, an Arduino Micro of unknown operating voltage, some enclosures, and a couple breakout boards. All in all it was probably about $50 to $80 worth of random stuff for only $10.
The key thing with buying a dumpster dive is that you have to complete the ENTIRE checkout procedure as quickly as possible. Just having it in your shopping cart doesn’t guarantee you a box. Make sure you’ve got your shipping and billing address already entered in your account, as well as credit card info. Finally, make sure you know the exact time (for YOUR time zone) that the dumpster dive will become active. I snagged my dumpster dive about 30 seconds after it went in stock, and 45 seconds later it was sold out.
7 of 7 found this helpful:
This is the best electronics purchase you can make, especially if you love tinkering with electronics. While I can’t tell you what to expect, I’ve ordered two of these now, and have never been disappointed with the contents. Lots of quantity, and lots of quality.
As the description says, there are some damaged products in there. Sometimes they can be fixed, sometimes they can’t. I really enjoy the challenge of trying to identify the problem and make the fix, but it’s not always possible.
Cons: These sell out really quickly.
8 of 8 found this helpful:
If you can’t help but look in the trash cans in the lab at work every time you walk by, you will not be disappointed. If you can’t relate to that idea, nothing to see here, carry on.
This is 100% high-grade random junk. Expect prototypes without documentation. Expect discontinued products. Expect blue wire, janky soldering, and flux everywhere. Expect cut tape of…something or other. Expect blue felt and unidentifiable connectors. Expect to set the current limit on your supply. Expect to bust out your UART cables and AVR programmers. Expect surprises and hours of fun. Do not expect finished products.