questionsare woot-off's worth it anymore?

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I agree, aside from my strong lack of disposable money at the moment, I'm just not drawn into woot-offs anymore. I really don't see any of those, "wow that's awesome" deals. The products offered during the woot-off typically are sold for the same prices they were initially and if I wasn't going to purchase it the first time, it's highly doubtful I'll purchase the second/third/etc time around. Not to mention that everything sold is really expensive, yes I'm aware that the mark-downs are usually pretty good, but there's no way I'm just going to drop a couple thousand in one day.

I'm currently working on that Treasure Map thing just to give me something to do at work during this woot-off instead of waiting for deals.

::shrugs shoulders::

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Well, I have a strong addiction to WootOffs, so I don't miss one if I can help it, but I haven't seen the OMGIHAVETOHAVETHAT deals that I used to see. Very disappointing, I'm afraid. I do like some of the changes, such as spreading the BOCs out throughout the WootOff, and I don't mind the social media offerings since that seems to give other folks a chance to snag one, but has anyone gotten a letter in their BOC since Amazon took over? Without the possibility of something more than the regular crap, the BOCseven lose a bit of their appeal to me.

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Woot-offs have never really excited me. I'm guessing they were already on the decline when I got here?

As a relatively new member, hearing people talk about how great Woot used to be is pretty jarring sometimes.

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I definitely miss the anxious waiting for a BOC to show up, so its dissapointing that won't happen anymore. I certainly can't put in the effort here at work to hunt down map pieces and search product descriptions for BOC clues. I basically just put up wootalyzer these days and see if something I actually want to buy shows up.

But for me, my woot off following has faded over the last couple of years due my self improsed impulse buy restrictions :P But I did enjoy being on the forums, looking at a cat pictures, etc during woot offs and that is probably the part I miss the most. From what I hear even during woot offs the product forums are being kept pretty strict.

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When you remove the element of the BoC, you really remove a large part of what made a Woot Off a Woof Off. As well, the items seem to be, in large, more pricey. Heck, I need some cheap Excalibur things to give as holiday gifts!!

The one saving grace is I have a $5 coupon so if I like something, I'll get free shipping for everything else I get today. So, I'm paying attention... but not like I used to. With no expectation of a BoC there's nothing to look forward to, and I can find deals on things I need or want all over the internet.

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@studerc: "I'm currently working on that Treasure Map thing just to give me something to do at work"

Puzzles are good.

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I think if there were separate Twitter accounts for main Wootoff, Sport Wootoff, etc, I'd be more inclined to follow them. I just don't care about Kids/Wine/Home. But with just one feed, it's overload for me.

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I'll check it out every once in a while, but it seems to be the same old stuff every time, nothing new, nothing exciting, nothing that I must have. BOC's are totally & completely overrated, and have been for a long time. I was into trying to collect as many screaming monkeys as I could, but once even that was easy, now, not so much, always ending/showing up after I go to bed. Nothing is worth losing sleep over.

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@1298ty: I think you're right. I got here a little over a year before you and they were significantly better back then. I think I've bought one thing in a woot-off over the past year and it was only because I missed it the first time around. These days when a woot-off happens I just shut off the notifications on my droid woot-watcher app. Not worth the nuisance of getting alerts all day.

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@brandie346: Definitely overload! See my comment above. Woot-off has been ruined for me.

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Noone is forcing you to follow a woot-off. Where's the love!?

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I remember the thrill of the hunt. The ever-elusive Bandolier of Carrot, or Box of Cosmos, or whatever other filter they threw on the BoC, the servers absolutely crashing and waiting for tens of minutes, or even hours, until the elusive prey did or didn't show up in my bought items. sniff I miss those days.

Maybe it is because I used to work overnights when I joined woot, but now work days, or maybe they have gotten worse. But I just don't follow them nearly as much. I have literally hundreds of things from woot (shirts, wine bottles, regular woots), but I just don't spend nearly as much time on this site as before. It just doesn't have the same draw.

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I agree with @1298ty, I'm also relatively new to woot, and after receiving countless $5 off coupons, I still haven't bought a single thing. there really aren't any deals on things that I need, and I myself don't really like to spend money on unnecessary items. I really love deals.woot though

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i am not trying to be "that" person*, but:
what do you mean by "worth it?"
you show up to the site. you refresh sometimes. you could buy a thing, or you might not buy a thing.
you can play and frolic with us! (which, i mean...how is that NOT worthwhile??)
am i making sense? i hope i don't sound like a dillhole(†).

*it just happens naturally.
(†)that does, too.

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@pemberducky: I think because the main reason a lot (not all) folks used to watch was for the random BOCs to show up. Impulse shopping isn't as fun when you're not buying so it sells out so you can see the next item and see that it isn't a BOC so buy some more, and on and on and on

And also the forums are stricter now so the frolicking isn't as fun, either.

I guess "worth it" might be the wrong term...maybe it's that they aren't "as fun" :P

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I agree with what has been said that the deals are not what they use to be. And unless you are looking for something specific then the woot-offs are just like regular woot deals only change every now and then.

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I'd say it's more of a problem with woot lately than the wootoffs, but I love my new apron and 360 cinnamon sheetz.

I think the whole thing (wootoffs and otherwise) has just been more hit-or-miss lately.

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not anymore in my opinion. I have wasted way too much time for woot's servers just to die as soon as the BOC pops out. Last time I made it as far as processing and then it'd kick it back to the start a purchase screen, so needless to say i won't be wasting my time on a woot off anytime soon...

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I heard it was the worst woot-off ever.

Too soon?

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Worth it to me? Not really. Woot has added SO many different sites that the One Deal A Day concept is gone. To say nothing about the extra - Woot Plus items that last for days.

So...If you missed an item, and wanted it - a woot-off gave you that second chance. Now there are dozens & dozens of 2nd chances - most at the same price. Few really good buys anymore. Woot-offs = Same Deals, Same Prices. Hint to woot: Most companies offer sales, discounted prices from the original price, when they're trying to unload merchandise that didn't sell.

Re: The old (gone) BOCs That was the major draw for me to follow woot-offs. All gone. (Minor draw was the 2nd chance - see above.) So is my interest. The BOC pieces that were offered last week...a total of 10. Again, hardly worth the effort. And now we have the pirate treasure. Wonder how many will be sent out to those who collect all the map pieces? Will it be 2,000 or more like the old BOCs that broke the servers? Not likely, eh?

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@pemberducky: It's like going to the mall. I know what's there, because I saw it last time. I can spend maybe an hour there, then need to leave. Why would I spend all day shopping somewhere that I've seen everything? Laptops. Seen 'em. Fire extinguishers that are more than half through their shelf life? Seem 'em. TVs? Seem 'em. Headphones? Seen 'em. Bag of Crap? Not going to see one.

Don't get me wrong, I'll refresh every so often... but it's the same ole same ole. The excitement is gone. What is there to look forward to? More headphones? Some $300 knives? A refurbished TV?

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Things have changed so much here. I'm not against change, but Woot! is no longer that funky, fun-loving site that I discovered a couple of years ago.

Woot!, I feel like I've lost you as a friend. So now, I really only hang around to talk with the deals.woot people.

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Any reason they're doing another hour of the shirts? Kind of curious if it's a clue...I promised myself I wouldn't get sucked into this pirate, treasure-chasing nonsense, but it's getting tempting...even though I'm kind of over woot-offs.

In a completely un-biased note, I did just notice, after reading your question that I haven't really been watching the woot-off like I used to, up until now.

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@dmaz: Technically its the first hour of shirt woot. When it came up the first time it must have been a mistake so they took it down after less than a minute.

OR, they have so many extra anvil shirts laying around because nobody likes them...

I'm gonna go with option 2 :)

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@studerc: Definitely plausible :)

PS: I ninja-edited my post while you were replying

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@dmaz: I'm impressed, ninja-editing indeed!

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It's only after reading the thread that I realized how long I've been with Woot and I would agree that it is not what it used to be. The woot-off is so predictable that I usually tell my wife ahead of time when I think they are going to have one and I'm usually right. It doesn't really matter though because they items are the same things for the same prices that we've all seen for the past few weeks. Over the years, I've only scored one BOC, but even those don't hold the same excitement that they used to. Maybe it's because I'm not social enough or perhaps I'm getting too old (is 30 too old for woot?), but I don't feel the same desire to refresh throughout the day. I understand things need to change and evolve to hit new markets and appeal to larger audiances, but a lot of times, those changes just don't work for everyone. I'll keep watching though and maybe there will be something that will spark an interest again.

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@dmaz: I totally got sucked in. And just had to explain to my project manager what I was doing with a photo editor and a pirate map on my screen.

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Woot seems to be turning into thingfling

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Without the added adventure of the BOCs, the rest of the Woot stuff just isn't sufficiently appealing to make it worth my free time to keep on eye on everything. Pity, that.

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Not a woot-off veteran by any stretch of the imagination, but I do remember having to refresh constantly so that you could see what was up for sale next to have a chance to get one QUICKLY before they sold out. Now there is no rush, it'll be there for at least 20 minutes and you never really want it anyway.

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Yeah Woot Sucks!! I pretty much hate all of you and I really hate wootoffs! Oh well I just bought a sword MUHAHAHAHAHA!!

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wow i just came here to ask the same thing. answer: no. rip: woot.

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Since Amazon started using their influence to push more crappy (not the good kind of crap) deals in, Woot has more than kind of gone downhill. The non-deal Woot-offs are a symptom, as is the 'WOOT PLUS!!!' 'deals' shoehorned in where the commentary used to go.

It used to be a 'one day, one deal' site. Now it's Amazon shoving as much crap as possible, and forgetting the entire reason that the site became popular. Simplicity, GREAT deals on random stuff you might want as an impulse-buy, and NOT having thirty items a day on the page.

ONE DAY, ONE DEAL. You had one job, Woot. ONE JOB.