I stumbled across a site recently that I’d like to mention here because I feel like a lot of people could get some use out of it. IconBuffet provides both free and non-free stock icons along with a kind of community whereby the free icons are obtained by trading with other members.
There are many different styles of icons involving many different subjects. I’m especially fond of the Marseilles sets, but there are tons to choose from and they have all sorts of different uses. Lately, I’ve been using mine for my gTalk icons, but they’d be wonderful for websites, programs, avatars… One person said they use theirs to spice up their kids’ homeschool assignments. They come in many versions – PNG, GIF, bitmap, Windows Icons, etc. Super useful.
Apparently on the old version of IconBuffet, users were able to obtain all the free icon sets (over 60!) within a couple of days and then they wouldn’t return to the website. With this system, there is incentive to keep coming back, and the people there are very friendly and genuinely want to help you get the icons you want/need.
You get 10 tokens to use per month, and each icon set is worth a certain number of tokens. I managed to collect six sets with my 10 tokens – I chose to try to get the sets I really wanted first and then start moving on to ones I desired less – but in theory you could start with the “Bronze” level (1 token each) sets and collect those first. Of course, I ran out of tokens within two days and don’t get them refilled until April 20th, but that’s how it goes, I guess.
That said, you can pay to upgrade to VIP status and get 30 tokens per month instead of just 10, and being a VIP gets you big discounts on their paid icon sets too.
This version of the site is still pretty new, so of course there are some adjustments being made, but I like it a lot. It’s fun to check back to see who has added you as a friend, or who has offered you an icon set, or who you can share an icon set with. If you’d like to join (do it! I’ll add you as a friend), I’ll ask that you use my referral link so I can get some points out of it.