I've been with WOOT! for many years now, bought lots of stuff, and always enjoyed the sense of "being a part of it." Now, to me, it's just another mega-site hawking the same wares you can buy anywhere else. Gone are the fun days of camaraderie, cat pic posts, etc, that made woot-offs seem like a huge, drunken family reunion party.
I used to take off work to stay up with the woot-off, buy the good deals, and chat in the comments section. I have had Woot! themed Christmas's where every present I gave came from Woot.
There used to be hundreds and hundreds of posts in every woot-off item that popped up of just fun, humorous banter.
The good ole days are gone, swallowed up by the corporate Amazon machine. The Woot! we had grown to love is dead, and in its place is this cyborg Woot!... One that still has some of the innocent, familiar, friendly aspects that the old Woot! had, but now has been reprogrammed to be a wallet sucking profit machine.
They lure us in with their witty prose, taunting us with trailing-edge technology at "Mmmmmmm... just OK" prices. Then they jam their blood-funnel into our PayPal account, to bleed us dry. Then, to add insult to injury, ship out the items via Smart-Post, assuring they will arrive well after their obsolescence does.
I wish Woot well. I know, under the Amazon wing, they will become the huge mega-ecommerce site they have aspired to be. They will all become rich and live happy lives. I'm glad of that, I really am.
What saddens me is that something special died when Amazon took Woot! over. It's gone now, it'll never be back. And those of us who have been around long enough to remember the old Woot will never forget how awesome Woot! used to be.
Personally, I hereby revoke the '!' from Woot! and replace it with a '?'. Woot?
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