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January 7, 2010
News - Free Day is Done
about 6 years ago
Whoops. Sorry, that was supposed to go under the quoted post, not be made as a new one.
I don’t think anybody said or even implied anything about a “god-given right to free stuff”; that is a complete strawman.
No, it’s not - at best, it’s an exaggeration. The point still stands - some posters seem to think they’re entitled to something for nothing, and that they’ve been wronged in some way because they didn’t get it.
It’s like someone driving to a busy supermarket in the world’s largest, fastest car, then expecting to be able to jump the checkout queue.
Extending the analogy, those of you pressing refresh continually are effectively getting bored partway through the queue, leaving it, and joining the back of another one.
Looks like most of the post-free-day comments fit into one of the following categories.
1. “I didn’t get to place my order. What a joke! We’ve all got it into our heads that we’ve a god-given right to free stuff, and SparkFun have cheated us!"
We’ll just ignore this lot.
2. "I didn’t get to place my order, but thanks for running this promotion anyway."
Fair play to this lot.
3. "I didn’t get to place my order even with my enormously high-bandwidth internet connection!"
This is like complaining you didn’t win any prizes in a raffle even when you brought a large bag to carry them home in. The speed of your internet connection doesn’t matter; you’d have had as much chance on dialup. No matter how fast your internet connection is, if the backlog is such that SparkFun’s servers take a few minutes to respond to every query, that’s how long it’ll take. This is determined by many factors, and the size of your phat pipe isn’t one of them.
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