unsped wrote:it will be ironic that after giving away 100,000 dollars in free stuff there is a high probability that the net result will be:
1) new unlikely to be repeat customers with multiple accounts and scripts will get the majority of sales, the majority of those will be resold.
2) loyal customers will spend hours staring at a blank webpage that won't load, be late for work/school ultimately give up and be mad at sparkfun for how poorly the thing was run and ultimately have a worse opinion of the company.
i applaud them for trying but i think the growing pains might sting a bit. i think it probably should have been a lottery system where winners had a 'day' to redeem the codes (tying the code to an account or shipping address)
however if you think about it maybe the sparkfun crew are very smart, if its slammed all day and it ends at 11pm they might only give away 20-30 dollars worth of stuff
in all seriousness best of luck to you guys!
because its meant to be a thank you to everyone should of locked it down to people who have at least 1 order already.
Ide be interested in seeing some stats as to the % sales for this free day who were first time and then in 6 months see how many of them have bought anything else.
yes i am grumpy about it. no there's nothing i can do about it.