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Terms of Service

The following document outlines the terms of service and use of the SparkFun.com website. You can also review our Privacy Policy, which outlines our practices towards handling any personal information that you may provide to us.

By using SparkFun.com services you acknowledge that you have accepted and will abide by these terms, whether or not you have read and understood them. The column on the right provides a short explanation of the terms of service and is not legally binding.

I. Acceptance Of Terms

All web pages available at SparkFun.com and all linked pages and subdomains ("Site"), are owned and operated by SparkFun Electronics, Inc. ("SparkFun") an American corporation and is accessed by you under the Terms of Service described below ("Terms").

Please read these terms carefully before using the services. By accessing the site, viewing any content or using any services available on the site (as each is defined below) you are agreeing to be bound by these terms, which together with our Privacy Policy and Customer Support Policies, governs our relationship with you in relation to the site.


By using SparkFun.com you agree to all the terms on this page.

II. Description of Service

The Site is an online retailer of electronics assemblies, components, and accessories, as well as an online community which enables customers and visitors to share comments, opinions and ideas, participate in contests and promotions, and access support materials provided on the Site ("Services"). Services include, but are not limited to, any service and/or content SparkFun makes available to or performs for you, as well as the offering of any materials displayed, transmitted or performed on the Site or through the Services. Content ("Content") includes, but is not limited to text, user comments, information, data, graphics, news articles, images, illustrations, software, and downloads.

Your access to the Site may be interrupted as a result of repair to or maintenance on the Site, or due to equipment malfunction, or any other reason that may be beyond the control of SparkFun. SparkFun reserves the right, at its sole discretion and without prior notice, to suspend availability of the Site and/or any Service and/or remove any Content at any time. SparkFun may also impose limits on certain features and Services or restrict your access to parts of or all of the Site and the Services without notice.


SparkFun.com is a site where you can buy stuff and participate in an online community. Sometimes the site will break or otherwise be inaccessible, and this may happen without warning.

III. Registration

In order to access the full set of Services you are required to open an account with SparkFun. If purchasing goods as a guest you are required to provide a valid email address in addition to valid billing and shipping information, but your access to all other services will be restricted (this will create a "guest" account that will contain no information other than your email address and order information). To access all Services you must open an account and select a password. Maintaining the security and confidentiality of your user account password is your responsibility. Additional registration information you provide is optional except where explicitly designated. Deliberately providing false registration information may constitute a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your SparkFun account.

You may optionally select a user name for your account, called an Alias. You may not use an Alias already in use by another user. If you use as an Alias a name that is offensive, vulgar, a registered trade mark or anything that is otherwise not legally available for your use this may result in you being denied use of that Alias or losing access to your user account.

Services are available only to individuals who are either (i) at least 18 years old, or (ii) at least 13 years old, and who are authorized to access the Site by a parent or legal guardian. If you have authorized a minor to use the Site, you are responsible for the online conduct of such minor, and the consequences of any misuse of the Site by the minor.


You can buy stuff as a guest but then won't have access to stuff people with regular accounts have, like posting comments or making wish lists. To use all site features you need to create a full account without violating the rights of others.

IV. Products and Content

All features, content, specifications, products and prices of products and services described or depicted on the Site are subject to change at any time without notice. Certain weights, measures and similar descriptions are approximate and are provided for convenience purposes only. SparkFun makes all reasonable efforts to accurately display the attributes of our products, including the applicable colors; however, the actual color you see will depend on your computer system, and we cannot guarantee that your computer will accurately display such colors. The inclusion of any products or services on the Site at a particular time does not imply or warrant that these products or services will be available at any time. It is your responsibility to ascertain and obey all applicable local, state, federal and international laws (including minimum age requirements) in regard to the possession, use and sale of any item purchased from the Site. By placing an order, you represent that the products ordered will be used only in a lawful manner.

We attempt to ensure that information on this Site is complete, accurate and current. Despite our efforts, the information on the Site may occasionally be inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. We make no representation as to the completeness, accuracy or currentness of any information on the Site. For example, products included on the Site may be unavailable, may have different attributes than those listed, or may actually carry a different price than that stated on the Site. In addition, we may make changes in information about price and availability without notice. While it is our practice to confirm orders by email, the receipt of an email order confirmation does not constitute our acceptance of an order or our confirmation of an offer to sell a product or service. We reserve the right, without prior notice, to limit the order quantity on any product or service and/or to refuse service to any customer. We also may require verification of information prior to the acceptance and/or shipment of any order.


The stuff we sell today may not be for sale tomorrow at the same price, or with the same specifications, or for sale at all. We do our best to portray our products accurately but can be wrong sometimes. You won't use anything you buy from us to break any laws.

V. User Conduct

You agree that you, and not SparkFun, are solely responsible for all Content you post or otherwise submit to the Site. SparkFun does not control user submitted Content and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Site you may be see or otherwise be exposed to Content that is offensive, objectionable, or otherwise disagreeable.

As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by SparkFun. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. Abusing, harassing, threatening, or intimidating any person;
  2. Posting Content that is in any way obscene, libellous, defamatory, offensive, profane, pornographic, infringes on the copy rights of another person, or encourages the posting of such Content, or that constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law;
  3. Using the Services for any purpose (including posting or viewing Content) that is not permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where you use the Services;
  4. Posting any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any SparkFun user;
  5. Creating unwanted 'spam' to any person or any URL;
  6. Imposing an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure, as determined by the sole discretion of SparkFun, including interfering with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site, or by automating the collection of data on the site without using SparkFun-provided machine-readable formats;
  7. Posting Content including comments, reviews, or votes, by using an automated tool for the mass-creation of content, or in exchange for receiving money, or any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the Content of the Site;
  8. Egregious advertising or soliciting any user to buy or sell any products or services from an entity other than SparkFun;
  9. Selling your account.

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of the Site. SparkFun reserves the right (but is not obligated) to monitor disputes between users and take any necessary action to remediate violations to the Terms. This may be immediate and may include without limitation, the immediate removal of the related materials from the Site and/or the suspension or deletion of all associated user accounts.

We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities who provide a court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting such materials. For more details see the Guidelines for Law Enforcement.


You cannot use our site to harass people, post offensive stuff, or post spam. You can scrape us using APIs we provide, but don't try to slam our servers too hard or you'll be blocked.

VI. Trademarks, Copyrights, and Licenses

The design of the Site and all text, graphics, information, content, and other material displayed on or that can be downloaded from the Site are protected by copyright, trademark and other laws. The contents of the Site are Copyright (c) 2014, SparkFun Electronics Inc., or their respective affiliates and suppliers. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized use of any such information or materials may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, laws of privacy and publicity, and other laws and regulations.

Certain trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos used or displayed on the Site are registered and unregistered trademarks, trade names and service marks of SparkFun Electronics and its affiliates. Other trademarks, trade names and service marks used or displayed on the Site are the registered and unregistered trademarks, trade names and service marks of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Site grants or should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademarks, trade names, service marks or logos displayed on the Site without the written permission of SparkFun Electronics or such other owner.

Where applicable content on the Site may be open sourced with a discrete open source license. You are responsible for reading and understanding the terms of an additional licensing for content and downloads made available by the Site or linked to through the Site.


SparkFun has a trademark, so don't go violating it by calling yourself SparkFun. Don't steal content you see here. If you use something here that's open sourced then do so without violating the license on it.

VII. User Content Submitted or Made Available for Inclusion on the Site

Please read this section carefully before posting, uploading, or otherwise submitting any Content to the Site. Other than personally identifiable information, which is subject to the Site's Privacy Policy, any material, information, suggestions, ideas, concepts, know-how, techniques, questions, comments or other communication you transmit or post to the Site in any manner ("User Content") is and will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By submitting User Content to the Site you are granting SparkFun a worldwide, non-exclusive license to use the User Content and are representing and warranting to SparkFun that the content is owned or duly licensed by you, and that SparkFun is free to publish, distribute and use the User Content as hereinafter provided for without obtaining permission or license from any third party. We and our respective affiliates and our or their designees may use any or all User Content for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, reproduction, transmission, disclosure, publication, broadcast, development, manufacturing and/or marketing in any manner whatsoever for any or all commercial or non-commercial purposes. We may, but are not obligated to, monitor or review any User Content. We will have no obligation to use, return, review, or respond to any User Content. We will have no liability related to the content of any such User Content, whether or not arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise. We retain the right to remove any or all User Content that includes any material we deem inappropriate or unacceptable.


Stuff you post here may be visible to others. By submitting stuff you still own it and you're giving us license to use it however we want without having to ask for permission.

VIII. Third Party Links

From time to time, the Site may contain links to web sites that are not owned, operated or controlled by SparkFun or their respective affiliates. All such links are provided solely as a convenience to you or as User Content submitted by other users for which we are not responsible. If you use these links, you will leave the Site. Neither we nor any of our respective affiliates are responsible for any content, materials or other information located on or accessible from any other web site. Neither we nor any of our respective affiliates endorse, guarantee, or make any representations or warranties regarding any other web sites, or any content, materials or other information located or accessible from any other web sites, or the results that you may obtain from using any other web sites. If you decide to access any other web sites linked to or from the Site, you do so entirely at your own risk.


We're not responsible for any links on our site that take you off our site. Look at the URL before you click, and click at your own risk.

IX. Shipping and Returns

When an order is placed, it will be shipping to an address designated by the purchaser as long as that shipping address is compliant with the shipping restrictions contained on the Site and with US law. All purchases from the Site are made pursuant to a shipment contract. As a result, risk of loss and title for items purchased from the Site pass to you upon delivery of the items to your specified shipping address (DAP, buyer's shipping address, Incoterms® 2010) unless otherwise specified in writing. You are responsible for contacting us to initiate any claim for damaged and/or lost shipments. You are responsible for paying any import duties and taxes on your order. SparkFun does not do business with entities in, or who intend to reexport any product to, a country embargoed by the government of the United States. Currently, the only countries we do not ship to are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. You are responsible for ensuring no product purchased from SparkFun is transported through or to one of those countries. See our Shipping Policy for more detail.

SparkFun accepts returns for any unmodified product for any reason within 90 calendar days from the date of receipt of merchandise. After such time, requests for return will be considered but are not guaranteed to be accepted. "Unmodified" means a product that is in the same condition in which it was received. See our Returns Policy for more detail.


We only ship stuff where we're legally allowed to ship stuff. We accept returns but not if you didn't read the manual and fried your board. More details can be found in our Shipping and Returns policies.

X. Disclaimers

Your use of the Site is at your risk. The information, materials and services provided on or through the Site are provided "as is" without any warranties of any kind including warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither SparkFun nor any of their affiliates warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, materials or services provided on or through this web site. The information, materials and services provided on or through the Site may be out of date, and neither SparkFun, nor any of its respective affiliates makes any commitment or assumes any duty to update such information, materials or services. The foregoing exclusions of implied warranties do not apply to the extent prohibited by law. Please refer to your local laws for any such prohibitions.

All products and services purchased on or through the Site are subject only to any applicable warranties of their respective manufactures, distributors and suppliers, if any. To the fullest extent permissible by applicable law, we hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, any implied warranties with respect to the products and services listed or purchased on or through this web site. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we hereby expressly disclaim all liability for product defect or failure, claims that are due to normal wear, product misuse, abuse, product modification, improper product selection, non-compliance with any codes, or misappropriation. We make no warranties to those defined as "consumers" in the Magnuson-Moss Warranty-Act. The foregoing exclusions of implied warranties do not apply to the extent prohibited by law. Please refer to your local laws for any such prohibitions.

SparkFun does not approve or recommend the use of our products or resources in critical life-support or medical devices, or for any use or application in which the failure of a single component could create a situation in which property damage, personal injury or death is likely to occur. Don't hack your pacemaker! And if you do, you absolve SparkFun and/or the manufacturer of the product in question of all damages, costs, and expenses that may be incurred, including without limitation, attorney fees and costs related to any lawsuit or threatened lawsuit arising out of the use of our products in unauthorized applications.


Stuff you buy from us may break. Don't use it in a project where somebody's life or safety is on the line (don't hack your pacemaker)!

XI. Limitations of Liability

SparkFun assumes no responsibility, nor will be liable, for any damages to, or any viruses or malware that may infect your computer, telecommunication equipment, or other property caused by or arising from your access to, use of, or browsing the Site, or your downloading of any information or materials from the Site. In no event will SparkFun or any of its respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, affiliates, agents, successors or assigns, nor any party involved in the creation, production or transmission of the Site, be liable to you or anyone else for any indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages (including, without limitation, those resulting from lost profits, lost data or business interruption) arising out of the use, inability to use, or the results of use of the Site, any web sites linked to the Site, or the materials, information or services contained on any or all such web sites, whether based on warranty, contract, tort or any other legal theory and whether or not advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing limitations of liability do not apply to the extent prohibited by law. Please refer to your local laws for any such prohibitions.

In the event of any problem with the Site or any Content, you agree that your sole remedy is to cease using the Site. In the event of any problem with the products or services that you have purchased on or through the Site, you agree that your sole remedy, if any, is from the manufacturer of such products or supplier of such services, in accordance with such manufacturer's or supplier's warranty, or to seek a return and refund for such product or services in accordance with the returns and refunds policies posted on this web site.


Use this site at your own risk. We're not liable if your computer gets screwed up somehow while you're using this site.

XII. Revision to the Terms

These terms of service may be revised at any time and from time to time by updating this posting. You should visit this page from time to time to review the then current terms of service because they are binding on you. Certain provisions of these terms of service may be superseded by legal notices or terms located on particular pages of the Site.


These terms may change, and if they do, those changes will appear here.

XIII. Choice of Law; Jurisdiction

These terms of service supersede any other agreement between you and SparkFun to the extent necessary to resolve any inconsistency or ambiguity between them. These terms of service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws. Any action seeking legal or equitable relief arising out of or relating to the Site will be brought only in the courts of the State of Colorado or the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. A printed version of these terms of service will be admissible in judicial and administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these terms of service to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.


SparkFun does business in Colorado (US). If you take us to trial for any reason it has to be in Colorado court.

XVI. Termination

You or we may suspend or terminate your account or your use of the Site at any time, for any reason or for no reason. You are personally liable for any orders placed or charges incurred through your account prior to termination. We reserve the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any aspect of the Site at any time without notice.


You can be banned from this site. If you owe us money and get banned or you shut down your account you still owe us money.

XV. Questions?

If you do not understand any of these Terms of Service or if you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact our Customer Service Department by e-mail at customerservice@sparkfun.com, by phone at 1-303-284-0979, or by posting a public comment below.

Comments 4 comments

  • Unfortunately… I think the basic seems to contradict the real ToS.

    The say “Stuff you post here may be visible to others. We will protect it and will not sell it without your permission.” Emphasis: “will not sell it without your permission”

    However the real ToS explicitly give them that right.

    “By submitting User Content to the Site you are granting SparkFun a worldwide, non-exclusive license to use the User Content and are representing and warranting to SparkFun that the content is owned or duly licensed by you, and that SparkFun is free to publish, distribute and use the User Content as hereinafter provided for without obtaining permission or license from any third party. We and our respective affiliates and our or their designees may use any or all User Content for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, reproduction, transmission, disclosure, publication, broadcast, development, manufacturing and/or marketing in any manner whatsoever for any or all commercial or non-commercial purposes.”

    Seems to say “By submitting stuff, you’re giving SparkFun license to use it and you own it. SparkFun’s also free to use it however they want (including manufacturing it and using it for commercial purposes) without having to ask for permission”

    Please, I may be wrong, and if I am explain how.

    (And should designees be how it is? or should it be designers?)

    • Thanks, good catch! That legalese does get a bit dense (hence the Basically parts) and I agree that the summary before saying “we will not sell it” was not reflected in the official terms in section VII as you pointed out. I’ve used your proposed changes to the summary for section VII and modified them slightly:

      Stuff you post here may be visible to others. By submitting stuff you still own it and you’re giving us license to use it however we want without having to ask for permission.

      Honestly I would like SparkFun to be a company that never sells user-submitted content. We never have and have no plans to do so any time soon. I’d like to try to find a way to bake that into the official terms (something where we have full license to use and distribute user content without user permission with an exception for selling stuff - either we’re not allowed to sell user content or must obtain permission first). As that’s legally binding and I’m not a lawyer that’s a big enough change that it would be irresponsible to make that unilaterally.

      For the time being, though, the summary should now be in keeping with the official text.

    • Also, this gives us some legal buffer. Honestly a lot of our ideas aren’t new or complicated. There have been instances where we’ve started selling something only to have a customer claim it was their idea (the part was purchased months before the customer submitted the idea to us, but not on the site until after). This prevents us from having to turn things like that into legal issues, and no one wants to deal with lawyers.

  • Basically,

    This ToS is so much better than the old one, especially with the legalese-less summaries. Whoever instigated the overhaul of the privacy/terms pages: hat’s off to you(s)!