Originally Posted by Patch
*almost* all tents come with stakes... usually cheaper tents come with thin crappy pegs that bend into almost unusable shapes the 1st time you use 'em while more expensive tents usually come with stronger (possibly lighter) stakes. Always be sure that you have enough stakes for the tent 'corners' as well as the fly tie-down points and possibly a few extras for pole repair or emergency campfire utensils
Free-standing tents mean the tent body is supported by a frame/pole structure without any stakes or guy-lines. Great for lifting up and shaking dirt/debris out before packing away and usually what you'll find in a "dome-type" tent. Non-Freestanding means that the tent is supported by tension between the poles, stakes and/or guylines. Either way - you still need stakes for the tent proper and then for the fly (but many use the same stake-point, like the 4-corners of the tent for example will each use the same stake).
Zactly what I was wondering - thanks! Last tent I bought was a JC Penny's pup tent back in the 70's LOL,,which I still have but not what I want to take down the TAT this summer.