inkycatz wrote:I'm not going to promise happiness, because someone will be unhappy just to 'spite inkycatz' and be that person, so all I'm going to say is, do stick around. See what we've got planned, and tell us what you think. The Bundle of Carrots has been undergoing evaluation - all of it, and as we make various tweaks and changes, we're all about growing and changing and modifying stuff, but to make it work, we need the feedback.
Wait...What? The shirt prices changed?? Dang. There goes my argument against paying $10 for a "field trip" class shirt at my daughter's school ("I can get a better one from Shirt.Woot for the same price!").
Anyway, I'm not opposed to change. I understand we have to change or we grow stagnant.
But, as an unnamed politician (I refuse to discuss politics on a Woot forum!) has demonstrated, change for the sake of change is not always good.
You asked for my suggestions (and I hope others chime in) and here they are. I'm sure there will be others because I'm big on giving advice
1. I shop Woot for really, really good deals. Most of the stuff is useless to me but it's useful to someone...as long as it's a good deal. 10% off is not a good deal. 20% off is an okay deal. 30% off is getting there. Give it to me for 50% or more off and I'm going to jump on that odd thing that I didn't know I needed until I saw such a good deal on it.
If I can find it cheaper somewhere else, darned tooting I'm going to buy it elsewhere, especially since I have to pay sales tax (Texas).
And, BTW, you're not supposed to charge sales tax on shipping costs. Just saying...
2. I shop Woot-Offs for funky, off-beat, really good deals. I expect Woot-Offs (on all the Woot sites) to be either be stuff discounted from the "regular" Woot pricing or some funky, weird stuff you wouldn't find on regular Woot (monkeys, bucky balls, Hulk smasher things, etc.) because, well, the whole point of offering an item on a Woot-Off is to get rid of it, right? It's in there stinking up the warehouse, get rid of it.
Here's my Woot-Off stuff story.
Last year, I shopped the Woot-Offs every month. Good deals on funky stuff showed up, I bought 3. Kid.Woot, Wine.Woot, Woot, even an occasional Shirt.Woot or Woot Happy Hour (what happened to that, anyway?), didn't matter. I was in for 3.
Treasured Woot boxes were inspected, then crap was stored in the garage.
Thanksgiving came and out came the Woot boxes. Dozens of them. Big boxes, little boxes, stuff from Bunnies Ogling Carrots that I couldn't use but were still useful. It was an amazing sight. My house is small but the living room was literally filled with Woot boxes.
Then, my daughter and I went through them deciding who got what for Christmas. It was a mad frenzy of boxing, wrapping, applying ribbons, and tags. I think we had something like 15 Snuggies.
Stuff we couldn't use was donated to Blue Santa or other charities (I seriously have no need for a breast pump.)
Two HUGE boxes of gifts were then shipped north for Christmas. UPS Store put them in two boxes because the added cost of shipping them all in one was great - and, "these will actually fit through the door." OK, so I went a little overboard.
BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. Everyone had great fun comparing gifts. Since I have 3 nieces and two nephews, we got to mix things up pretty well (since I only had 3 or often 2 of each item.) There were useful things (emergency car kits), strange things (those M&M usb drives), fun things (Snuggies), and weird crap (Police Line Shower Curtains.)
That's what Woot-Offs should be.
3. No one is going to hang around waiting for a 1 cent "Doodlebops Get on the Bus" game if there's not a payoff. I'll be in for 3x $1.99 M&M USB drives (BTW, they're seriously cool!) if it'll bring us closer to that ever elusive Barrel of Crops.
If there aren't going to be some awesome deals, I'm not hanging out for the Woot-Off. If there's no Bunnies Ogling Carrots I'm even less interested. Sorry, but I'm fickle.
4. The all important Bunnies Ogling Carrots Truly, this is the big draw for Woot.
Forget the complaints about bots. Is there any REAL honor in getting a Bunnies Ogling Carrots without a bot? If the answer is no, then get a bot. If the answer is yes, then quit whining. Sheesh.
Pay attention to the expectations. Yes, the Crap Commandments state not to expect more than 1 bag and 3 crappy items. OK, then if I get 3 items, there should be at least one AWESOME item. If there are no truly AWESOME items, then there should be a bunch (as in way more than 3) of moderately awesome items. 6 Sansas? Cool! Even if only 3 of them work. Intersperse the really crappy stuff with the awesome (or moderately awesome) stuff. I'm okay with a random cable if I also got a Roomba.
I know you can fill 3000 Baggies - just keep out a few of each item from the Woot-Off.
And, really, bring back the letters. We haven't heard of letters in a long, long time. Before the Santa Sack.
5. Woot-Off Killers...the high end items. OK to have a few in the Woot-Off but not so darned many. We expect them at lunch time, shift change, and maybe overnight. As someone else mentioned, those are typically something one wants to research.
The TVs, iPod Touches, etc (I haven't seen those in a while, either) are fine. I've researched what I want and if I find a killer deal in a Woot-Off, so much the better! I've waited through 2 now looking for a TV, any TV. Nada.
So, there's my 2 cents - maybe more like $3 (plus $5 shipping). I'm sure others have other ideas.