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Thread: Sproggy's supply and National sample policy

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    Please don't abuse National's (or any other company's) free samle policy. It drives up the cost of parts for those of us who actually pay for things . Any local electronics store should be able to order the part at a minimum of cose.
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    I agree. The whole idea of the sample policy is for companies to be able to get parts easily and quickly without having to buy them. This makes it easier to develop products that use those parts, which makes the component companies happy.

    These suppliers expect this sort of flow:
    Samples -> Prototype -> Qty Purchase

    The "abusers" do this:
    Samples -> Prototype -> No Purchase (or more samples!)


    Abusing the sample policy just makes it harder to get parts for those of us who might actually be purchasing them. Maxim has a bad rep for long lead times anyway!
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    No way, I wouldn't order too much stuff, but on their site somewhere, I think, it said that they would send upto 5 items per week, so, if this was a problem to them, then they wouldn't say it, right??

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    Originally posted by SkinnyBoy:
    <STRONG>No way, I wouldn't order too much stuff, but on their site somewhere, I think, it said that they would send upto 5 items per week, so, if this was a problem to them, then they wouldn't say it, right??</STRONG>
    I really don't think these companies are in the business of giving out samples for free for no gain. They expect designs that use their products, and comercial products to follow. There is such a thing as "taking the ****", you know. Strange, but the word "freeloader" springs to mind.


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    Yeah, well, I haven't ordered much latey...

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    Well the thing with samples... First, there's no such thing as local electronics shop here (I live in a _small_ village) and secondly, there's no such thing as minimal cost in Finland ;O

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    There are many mail order electronics companies you can buy from....
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    Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted here..

    Anyways, does anyone have a source for compatible parts that would replace the Coilcraft parts in Mk2.6? The main gripe I have with them is this $20 s/h garbage. Shouldn't be anywhere near that.

    Much obliged!
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