We all like getting free stuff, and as any electronics geek can tell you, you can usually get free IC samples from most vendors. But you may not be aware that you can sometimes get other free components too, such as LEDs, switches, project boxes, and other parts, if you’re a qualifying entity (business, student, etc.) and know where to look. Over at HacknMod, they’ve compiled a list of some of the freebie sources they’re aware of.
If you’ve had success getting free component and hardware samples from other vendors, tell us about it in the Comments.