cheapola wrote:Hmm... Nice to see that they are doing the Board of Circuits. Just got in on this woot-off... Don't really watch them anymore as it seems that woot has really gone down hill ever since amazon bought them. I enjoyed the woot-off's in the 'good ole days'.. The woot-off's today just suck.. Thanks for the times woot, but, I don't think I will be spending any money here ever again..
Especially considering you pay 5 bucks for shipping every time you buy something now. I got 2 items a few weeks back; since a lot of things have been selling out before I can even check out, I got the item and parts for it right away. Then I noticed there was another add-on that cost twice as much which I would have rather bought instead of the first one, and under normal circumstances I would have taken my time going through and would have chosen that one but like I said, I did end up not getting 4-5 items in the last 1-2 month(s) because I was too "slow" I guess, so I had purchased the first item right away.
To cut it short, I sent them an email 30-40 minutes after I made the purchase and asked if I could cancel the first one and get the second one, and the reply was "we can NOT change orders, they are being processed and bla bla bla bla". Yeah right, 2 in the morning, I am sure the items are processed, not to mention it took 2 weeks for the items to get here.
They actually told me to go ahead and return it once I get it and then get the new one (which would have already been sold out by then).
Another thing I noticed too is items sell out way too fast. And 2-3 days later, the same items are up for sale. Eventually they sell out again but then they appear on the "sellout" section.
Woot used to put whatever they had for sale up and Amazon instead seems to put low number of items and is forcing people to get them with the fear that they may sell out. You also have to hurry and rush into checking everything out or else the items will sell out by the time you can examine some other items to figure out whether you like them or not.
I hate Amazon's shipping policies as well in terms of how much stuff they use to pack items. I got a broom with a 5 foot handle and 2 one or two liter pool supplies. They shipped it to me in a 5x3x1 foot box. The broom was placed diagonally and there was probably 50 yards of the brown wrapping paper they use. That's like 2 trees right there to ship a 10 dollar broom. If any of us would have sent a package that big through USPS, UPS or Fedex, it would have cost us at least 30-40 bucks for an oversized item like that.
Plus Amazon just clears out it's own inventories through woot it seems. They no longer have items you may call "awesome" compared to how many they used to have. Selling 100 dollar knives for 75 bucks is not a deal imo, and half the stuff up here sells for same prices through Amazon's merchants.
I was upset I missed the plant growth kit they had a few weeks back with the ballast and everything. Then they had it again last week with prices ranging somewhere from 90 to 120's (right around there, may be 5-10 more or less). Then the bulbs cost 29 bucks or something, and the units to attach the bulbs with the reflectors cost as high as 120 for the XXL and about 70-90 for the others. So basically if you got one full kit's worth of items (1 ballast, 2 lights, the reflector, etc...), it came to about 300 bucks for a high end kit. As I was considering purchasing it, I went to amazon to check the details on one of the pieces since the descriptions suck here, and I found out that the highest end kit that would have cost 300 something here was up for sale by an Amazon merchant for 186 dollars. You can guess where I got it from but I guess either way Amazon makes money. However through Amazon, at least I know what the price is compared to other merchants at Amazon and ebay. Here, they expect to make huge profits on items they normally would not be able to sell at Amazon at those prices.
And the number of "unique" items here is dwindling down more and more each day. Until last year or so, I would get most things without even comparing them with anywhere else since you either couldn't find the items or the price difference would be huge. Now I gotta make sure I am not being ripped off here and overpaying for items that are avalable through multiple sellers who have better prices.