atmotto wrote:Ever since you guys sold out to Amazon, I haven't seen those terrific low priced deals that made me love you for all these years. Where are those wacky items I can't live without for those unbelievable prices I can't find anywhere else?
I noticed that too, this is after a recent purchase to which I can compare, and also having bought a lot of Woots.
Comparison: At local Staples (usually buy on the Net, so this local store purchase was rare) I bought a 2010 model HP notebook with specs lesser than this Woot, but it was also HALF THE COST of this Woot.
I spent $450 (on sale for $500 and I applied a $50 coupon). It's still for sale at $499, if you are interested.
Here's HP's site on these models:
My Pavilion DV6 came with Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit, 4GB RAM, HDMI, 3 USB, 15.6" TFT, 300 GB HD, AMD Turion II P5520 Dual-Core 2.30 GHz, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650.
Yes, this Woot specs out higher, but it's also $900. Keep that in mind. IMHO my DV6 has great specs for a notebook.
IMHO the big difference is in size. Mine is kind of portable, but still nothing you would want to lug three times a week on passenger jets. So this 17.3" monster at best is something you would move from one room to another, maybe every few months, to watch the game with family while still being able to get the play by play on your HP, excuse me, to work on Quickbooks.
If you are looking for a desktop replacement and are not a gamer, then this Woot should appear attractive.
(My prediction is that the old style desktop box machines will go the way of the DV tape camcorders, into extinction.) Hybrids like the Lenovo unit that actually sits on a desktop, might take off, but more likely these big notebooks will become more popular and become the new "desktop" or desktop replacement.
As to weight, mine is more portable than this HP, but IMHO both are desktop replacement machines and not something you would take on a trip (other than in a mini van taking the entire family to Disneyland).
As to Woot's "new face," so to speak:
My prediction is that Woot (Amazon) will get rid of all its old stock, the "wacky items," as you say, then Amazon will use this as an outlet site of mainstream stuff that did not move.
I also suspect that all the Woot people will be gone at some point too, including the buyers who foraged for "wacky stuff."
Woot could also be a victim of eBay's and Amazon's strategy against competition, buy them out and shut em down. (Like eBay tried to do with Craig's List. But that deal went bad and now there's litigation since eBay feels CL pulled a fast one on them. LOL.)
Can't blame Woot for selling out though. Eventually when the money gets too big, founders or shareholders are compelled to accept the takeover offer.
Besides, that's every small company's dream, to get so big that a national buys your company. You then take your millions and retire or move on to the next Net "adventure."