mthirsch wrote:8.9 lbs. Finally got a Baggie of Cthulhu after many tries...
1 Monkey w/ urban camo
3 fitness bags
1 kid's t-shirt
eh... I feel dirty. All that wasted paper, gasoline for shipping this crap... ugh. First and last woot-off.
I have a feeling there's a potential study in some aspect of game-theory for someone working on a paper along those lines. It seems to me that the fact that there is a NEARLY universal baseline set of contents (the calendars, gym bags, monkey, and kid's t-shirt) that people tend to completely dismiss these items, and ONLY perceive additional items as counting at all... of having any value.
I'll confess to having checked that sentiment in my own experience with this event.
The thing is, these items DO have value and utility -- they are NOT "joke-type packing materials".
I expect my son to get some genuine use of the "jumble" calendars to build his vocabulary and reading -- and thinking skills. The fact that each of the 365 game-sheets also bears a single calendar date is moot, with no bearing on the educational utility.
Of course, this isn't something ONLY applicable to five year old kids.
The gym bags are very nicely made, very rugged, and very useful. I commandeered one of the three we received -- it is now loaded with my accumulated stash of Sansas, power supplies, batteries, cables, earphones, and so forth. Smaller, more delicate items are in the nice large internal zipper-pouch. The pull-cords are effective closures, and handy tote-lines (carry or use as backpack).
My son goes "ape" over the screaming monkey, and he is quite proud of the mysterious t-shirt, even though it's a size-4 and he's 5 (it's a bit snug, but not THAT snug, and he doesn't care at all).
So, not counting the toy car that he also loves playing with -- and WHATEVER it was that the thieves stole out of the box (grr...), it's STILL a fantastic bargain. All that stuff for three steeenkin' bucks?
I suspect Woot could easily sell that package by the truckload for $3 each (about a half-dozen calendars, three gym bags, one screaming monkey, and one cotton t-shirt, for $3).
But, in THIS context, "it don't get no respect" -- go figure!