Tuesday, April 01

Now Highering: Woot Copy Editor

by Amy Nance

Its a sad day hear at Woot. It seems our deer copy editor had some sort of psychotic brake yesterday and won't be returning. We found him sititing behind his desk, mumbling something abou to, two and too ... or maybe tutus, were not really shure. We just held and rocked him for a while, shushed him and said "their they're" until they came and took him away. Its to bad. We really licked that guy. And through hell always be in our hearts, we must move one.

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Friday, October 18

"Pets" That Look Like Celebrities

by Amy Nance

In case you haven't noticed, it's Pet Week over on Sellout.Woot. We've got some great buys on fancy animal goods in our pet event that I refuse to refer to by name.

And in the spirit of spoiled rotten animals who always get what they want, I give you Pets That Look Like Celebrities. A few caveats, though. It's really more animals that look like celebs. Because if you had some of these animals as pets, you'd probably be arrested. Also, I take issue with referring to some of these people as celebrities. Most notably, Hitler. They could have just as easily gone with Charlie Chaplin, and I would have been cool with that.

 

And just for giggles, here's another one:

 
 

Think you've got a pet who looks like a celebrity? We want to see it! Share your pics or videos in the thread below.

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Friday, August 30

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge! Recap

by Amy Nance
 

Welp, it's been one whole week since the end of the Ultimate Challenge shenanigans. Hopefully by now, all of the "winners" are enjoying the no doubt disappointing contents of their well-deserved BOCs.

As we have said previously, the only regret we have about the ordeal is that we didn't have more BOCs with which to reward your valiant efforts. But what we can do is revisit the splendor that was Ultimate Challenge by highlighting our favorite runners-up from each day. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Day 1: Wine Bottle Ring Toss

This video came to us from grovekat. Everything about this video was perfect except for timing. The sweatbands. The sign. The cat. We especially loved the exasperated "ZERO" at the end. Plus, lady gets mad props for doing this at 2 a.m.

 

Day 2: Fling-a-Monkey

The soundtrack, The supers. The endless stream of customized Woot monkeys. This video from spilzer was, dare we say, the perfect Ultimate Challenge video. Minus the whole too-slow thing, of course.

 

Day 3: Squirt Gun Marksmanship

Maybe it's unfair to give one Wooter two shout outs, but this video also from spilzer might be one of the craftiest workarounds we've ever seen. No squirt gun + wee cows = Ultimate Challenge excellence.

 

Day 4: Speed Tent

Having to pass on this guy's video might just be the one that hurt the most. Not only did he get snubbed because his video didn't upload fast enough, but he broke his kid's tent in the process. We know it's not much consolation, but we salute you anyhow, orabbit.

 

Day 5: Corn Dog Trials

This wasn't the only monkey video from barkwoot, but it was our favorite. Mostly because we didn't have to watch one of you eating anything in it. XOXO

 

Before we leave you, we do feel it necessary to give an extra special shout out to Moueska, who submitted a video every single day without fail, and finally snagged a BOC on Friday. You da bomb, gurrl.

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Friday, August 23

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge! Day 5: Corn Dog Trials

by Amy Nance
 

This is it, you guys. The final Ultimate Challenge. Your last chance to prove you can hang with the big boys. We are shocked and awed by yesterday's efforts. We never imagined you guys would build actual tents as some of you did, and we applaud you. Our only disappointment was that we had so few BOCs to distribute. I guess what we're trying to say is, you're all winners to us. Except for that one guy. You know who you are, slacker.

Now for today's challenge, we have to set a few new ground rules. SO PAY ATTENTION.

NEW RULE #1

  • Please, for the love of all that is good and wooty, DO NOT CHOKE TO DEATH. It's just a Bag of Crap, folks. It's not worth it. Imagine how pissed off your loved ones will be if all you leave them is a few Power Balance bands and an HDMI cable.
 

NEW RULE #2

  • See NEW RULE #1. We're not even kidding.
 

NEW RULE #3

  • You MUST appear on camera for the entire duration of your video, and you must make a serious effort to consume all of your food of choice. None of this "now you see it, now you don't" video editing trickery. You can tap out if you must. But let's just say that eating five grapes ain't gonna score you a BOC.
 

NEW RULE #4

  • You don't have to eat corn dogs. It would be ridic (albeit totally awesome) if you just happened to have five corn dogs lying around the house. You can eat whatever you want. So we've come up with this handy little equivalency chart of examples for reference:
 

5 corn dogs = 5 corn dogs (Duh.)

5 mini corn dogs = 1 corn dog. (So 25 mini corn dogs = 5 corn dogs.)

5 Oreos = 1 corn dog (So 25 Oreos = 5 corn dogs. See where we're going here?)

5 standard-sized marshmallows = 1 corn dog

4 Bagel Bites = 1 corn dog

1 jar of spaghetti sauce = 1 corn dog

1 stick of butter = 1.5 corn dogs

And so on and so forth ...

NEW RULE #5

  • All previous rules still apply and can be referenced here, here, here and here.
 

NEW RULE #6

  • Refer one last time to NEW RULES #1 and #2. Seriously, you guys.
 

Got it? Good. Let's do this. For the final time, I present to you the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

DAY 5: CORN DOG TRIALS

THE SCORE TO BEAT

You might not believe it based on the corn dog-consuming prowess displayed in this video, but NO ONE wagered on Sean as the victor. Johnny was the clear favorite, while my bets were on Sam as the dark horse in this competition. We're sorry we underestimated you, Sean. Sam, you are dead to me. In 4:02:

Sean - 5 corn dogs, Johnny - 4.75 corn dogs, Sam - 4ish corn dogs

The digestive results are inconclusive.

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Thursday, August 22

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge! Day 4: Speed Tent

by Amy Nance
 

You guys are KILLING IT on these challenges. We're amazed by your resourcefulness. No squirt gun or Army men? Spitting at tiny cows it is! But here's the deal. Up until this point, nabbing those Bags of Crap has been like taking candy from a baby. But it's about to get serious. Like, srsly serious.

We're trembling with anticipation to see what's going to come of this one. But before we get down to biznass, we give you, once again, the rules:

THE RULES

  • The first FIVE (5) people to post their own Ultimate Challenge video in the discussion thread of the corresponding blog post (NOT the Video Wootcast thread or the YouTube thread) will receive a private link to a page where they can purchase a Bag of Crap. These links will be unique to each purchaser, and sent via PM.
  • The items used in your personal video do NOT have to be identical to the items we use in our video. However, it needs to be a reasonably approximate re-creation of the same action. For instance, if our video shows us bouncing Ping-Pong balls into Solo cups, you have to be bouncing some sort of ball into some sort of cup. A video of you tap-dancing to "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman, while extraordinarily entertaining, will not be counted as an eligible submission.
  • You do NOT need to best our competitors. But if you don't, we'll laugh at you.
  • You can only post one video per challenge. If you post more than one video per challenge, none of your videos will count.
  • As always with the BOC, individuals are limited to one BOC per week. So if you get one, you're done.
 

OK! OK! You got this. Take a deep breath, cuz here we go! It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

DAY 4: SPEED TENT


 

THE SCORE TO BEAT

It was a pretty close race, and Gatzby held his own. But in the end, Meg prevailed. Also, we totally gave Gatzby a bigger tent. Oopsie!

Meg - 4:37, Gatzby - Longer than that

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Wednesday, August 21

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge! Day 3: Squirt Gun Marksmanship

by Amy Nance
 

It's already Day 3 of the Ultimate Challenge, and we gotta tell ya. You guys are blowing us away with your enthusiasm! We especially love that you continue to post videos even though you don't think you've made the top five.

And on that note, don't let those quick-draw mcgraws discourage you. As the results of Day 2's challenge proved, you could be #6 and still nab a Bag of Crap because one of the previous videos failed to include all the key elements of the challenge.

In case you need a refresher on those rules, here they are:

THE RULES

  • The first FIVE (5) people to post their own Ultimate Challenge video in the discussion thread of the corresponding blog post (NOT the Video Wootcast thread or the YouTube thread) will receive a private link to a page where they can purchase a Bag of Crap. These links will be unique to each purchaser, and sent via PM.
  • The items used in your personal video do NOT have to be identical to the items we use in our video. However, it needs to be a reasonably approximate re-creation of the same action. For instance, if our video shows us bouncing Ping-Pong balls into Solo cups, you have to be bouncing some sort of ball into some sort of cup. A video of you tap-dancing to "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman, while extraordinarily entertaining, will not be counted as an eligible submission.
  • You do NOT need to best our competitors. But if you don't, we'll laugh at you.
  • You can only post one video per challenge. If you post more than one video per challenge, none of your videos will count.
  • As always with the BOC, individuals are limited to one BOC per week. So if you get one, you're done.
 

Now ... ready to show us what you've got? I present to you the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

DAY 3: SQUIRT GUN MARKSMANSHIP

THE SCORE TO BEAT

Despite Kristy's obviously superior sniper stance, Jason snags the victory with a whole bunch of Army men knocked down versus Kristy's not many Army men knocked down. We don't know the actual numbers because we were too lazy to count.

Jason - Win!, Kristy - Lose :(

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Tuesday, August 20

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge! Day 2: Fling-a-Monkey

by Amy Nance
 

It's one challenge down and four to go! Thanks to all the people who participated in the Wine Bottle Ring Toss challenge and congrats to the ones who managed to nab a Bag of Crap.

Before we proceed, we need to clear up a couple of things. First, please make sure that you post your videos in the discussion thread on THIS blog post, not in the Wootcast Video discussion thread, or the YouTube comments section or anywhere else. We didn't make that explicitly clear before, but we are now so NO EXCUSES.

Secondly, please make sure that your videos are viewable by the general public, and that your settings are not set to private. We threw you guys a bone this time because we were all still working out the bugs. But now you should know how it works so NO MERCY.

Thirdly, you guys are awesome. We were pleasantly surprised by how quickly you were able to put together videos, and the creativity in which you did so. Keep in mind, even if there are five videos posted by the time you get here, they might not all be eligible for one reason or another. So don't let that discourage you.

And finally, the challenges are gonna get harder. And by "harder" we mean weirder and more obscure. We know we said in the rules that the items you use in your videos don't have to be the same as the ones in our videos, but they have to be close. So just keep that in mind. Here they are again just for kicks:

THE RULES

  • The first FIVE (5) people to post their own Ultimate Challenge video in the discussion thread of the corresponding blog post (NOT the Video Wootcast thread or the YouTube thread) will receive a private link to a page where they can purchase a Bag of Crap. These links will be unique to each purchaser, and sent via PM.
  • The items used in your personal video do NOT have to be identical to the items we use in our video. However, it needs to be a reasonably approximate re-creation of the same action. For instance, if our video shows us bouncing Ping-Pong balls into Solo cups, you have to be bouncing some sort of ball into some sort of cup. A video of you tap-dancing to "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman, while extraordinarily entertaining, will not be counted as an eligible submission.
  • You do NOT need to best our competitors. But if you don't, we'll laugh at you.
  • You can only post one video per challenge. If you post more than one video per challenge, none of your videos will count.
  • As always with the BOC, individuals are limited to one BOC per week. So if you get one, you're done.
 

And now I give you the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

DAY 2: FLING-A-MONKEY

 

THE SCORE TO BEAT

After a collective 100+ flings (no, we're not making that up), the head-shaking, spirit-crushing results were:

May-Ying - 1, Adam - 0

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Monday, August 19

It's the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

by Amy Nance
 

Welp, it's that time again, folks. Time for a completely pointless demonstration of our ridiculousness. All this week, we're going head-to-head in feats of grand stupidity for your amusement. And just for our amusement, we're going to dangle some Bags of Crap out there to encourage participation (and, inevitably, pure, unadulterated rage.)

Think you're bigger, badder, faster, hungrier or just generally er-ier than our competitors? You're probably right. So show us. Every day, we'll post a new and presumably exciting Ultimate Challenge video. Watch it. Study our techniques. Then completely ignore those things and post a video of you doing it better.

THE RULES

  • The first FIVE (5) people to post their own Ultimate Challenge video in the discussion thread of the corresponding blog post (NOT the Video Wootcast thread or the YouTube thread) will receive a private link to a page where they can purchase a Bag of Crap. These links will be unique to each purchaser, and sent via PM.
  • The items used in your personal video do NOT have to be identical to the items we use in our video. However, it needs to be a reasonably approximate re-creation of the same action. For instance, if our video shows us bouncing Ping-Pong balls into Solo cups, you have to be bouncing some sort of ball into some sort of cup. A video of you tap-dancing to "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman, while extraordinarily entertaining, will not be counted as an eligible submission.
  • You do NOT need to best our competitors. But if you don't, we'll laugh at you.
  • You can only post one video per challenge. If you post more than one video per challenge, none of your videos will count.
  • As always with the BOC, individuals are limited to one BOC per week. So if you get one, you're done.
 

And now, without further ado, it's the Woot Ultimate Challenge!

DAY 1: WINE BOTTLE RING TOSS

 


THE SCORE TO BEAT

After THREE (3) rounds of FIVE (5) tosses each, the sad results were:

Scott - 3,  Laura - 2

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