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This product has been retired from our catalog and is no longer for sale. This page is made available for those looking for datasheets and the simply curious.
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 14 ratings:
19 of 20 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.
13 of 14 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.
10 of 11 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.
1 of 3 found this helpful:
Not ONE PCB. Handful of resistors, lots of broken plastic bits for who knows what. Nothing to repair or reuse. $10 would be generous for this, and it was $30. Live and learn! Garbage is in fact garbage. An old candy wrapper would have been a nice touch, to make the contents clear.
1 of 3 found this helpful:
I wish I would have purchased something of use… 1.5lb dumpster dive included one motion sensor and a heavy solder iron stand, small breadboard, heavy-plastic-something with logo, a bunch of resistors and a couple of brass standoffs for PCB… I am Really disappointed in this offering as there were no PCB’s/ one off boards/ old projects as stated in the reviews. It really wasn’t 5 years worth of Christmas morning excitement. $10 worth of sh*t in a $30 box
0 of 1 found this helpful:
Previous years have yielded much better loot. My guess is that with the website glitch that caused Sparkfun to sell more than they had stock of was the reason.
I Received a COMPLETELY DEAD 6 Coin Acceptor, polarized right angle connectors, and 1 foot of EL wire.
The coin acceptor alone weighed 1.1 pounds. I have heard people complain that their box was filled with a heavy item. However, filling a box with a heavy DEAD item, (Came with a sharpie on it that said DEAD, and all my testing and hacking showed that the previous owner and blown all the polarized capacitors.)
I have some serious respect for Sparkfun, and I know that this was a gamble, and was expecting something like this to happen, but that 5 years worth of Christmas wasn’t present. My end respect for Sparkfun was damaged.
TL;DR: This is a gamble, like the description says, but this is weighted heavily on the bad gamble side of things. Save your money to buy some the MANY AMAZING products that Sparkfun sells.
I know there were a few issues this year so filling the ‘later’ orders might have been tough, but last year’s dive was significantly better. I do, however, very much appreciate SF honoring the orders which made it through.
Most of the weight was taken up with a proto-board and a random piece of aluminum frame. the rest was pretty much connectors, capacitors and stand-offs.
Last time I got all sorts of misc boards, PCDuino, chips, modules etc…
The anticipation was kinda fun though.
Not sure if I will battle for one again though, but then again, possibly :)
I got my boxes, mostly full of aluminum/brass standoffs and other assorted screws. I thought i would be getting electronics(broken or not), but i basically got a grab bag from Ace hardware nuts and bolts isles. I could have bought a lot of hardware from Ace for what i paid for these boxes.
0 of 1 found this helpful:
Very little of value. All but about 1/8th of a pound was pure filler – two heavy metal breadboard bases, a useless book on Arduino for kids, a mess of nuts, bolts, surface mount coils, and a couple of useless USB cables. Actual value consisted of one stepper motor chip, a 9v battery jack, about 200 resistors and 1 uf capacitors. I guess I’d been warned, but…
Breadboard holder w/ no breadboard, a bunch of axial resistors, board surface mount small pitch connectors, USB->UART cable, arduino manual, and a little intertia board.
Was fun for the “lottery” aspect of it, but probably better off spending $20 on things I’d use.
A box of random stuff! T-rex micro controller with huge amounts of solder (needs some cleanup), a returned but working coin counter, random hardware, a ton of surface mount passives, some un-identified surface mount devices, and high voltage transistors. An interesting mix of items!
But when I opened it, the excitement faded. While this is probably the most exciting package I’ve received all year (even more so than my $700 monitor) it wore off quickly when I realize how much actual junk there was in it. Now, I will eventually find a use for some of it, lots of it will get put in the electronics junk drawer (like the single toy wheel I received.). Best part was a few complete kits I received, perfect for getting a youngster or girlfriend into the craft.
Either way, i’ll keep buying these every year because its so much friggin fun stressing out about trying to purchase it and then watching the UPS guy drive by every day in anticipation of receiving it. Great stuff.