Believe it or not, I still have my Woot! Charter Member certificate up on my wall. It is the envy of all who gaze upon it.
As for my opinion regarding the evolution of the woot family...I know Woot is a business, and businesses grow and evolve over time, but I miss the days of yore when the items were inexpensive, obscure, clever and dependable. I bought your "Mystery Speakers" and a Bunch of Carrots (Back when the woot everyman stood a snowball's chance in hell of scoring one) and I still use them. I bought a Braun 5610 electric shaver that I still use a few times a week, even now 4 years later.
But as a dedicated follower, I've noticed a trend over there, where the quality of items has dwindled, forum policing has grown downright despotic, and customer service has grown more apathetic in the face of overwhelming numbers of customers. It seems like every other woot I've bought is either misrepresented junk right out of the box, or fails somehow within days. Which in turn, has led me to refrain from buying items that I might otherwise have enjoyed, because I'm too suspicious of receiving a lemon. Sure, the descriptions are cute, but a witty pitch isn't enough to persuade me to buy snake oil when I've been justifiably burned in the past. Fool me once, etc.
This hasn't stopped my friends and family from continuing to patronize woot, and yes, I continue to stock my wardrobe with classy Woot-tagged T-shirts...but nevertheless, I pine for the days when Woot was purple and I could proudly proclaim "In for one!" without regretting it in the morning.
So lift a glass of wine.woot, and toast to the good 'ol days.