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Q: What is deals.woot?

A: Hi, and welcome to Deals.woot.com!

It's important to grok what this place is about. It is a site where users post deals that they find interesting-- regardless of who is selling the items-- and where others can comment (and vote) on those postings. Unlike woot.com, deals.woot doesn't sell anything on its own.

What confuses some people is that sellout.woot.com and moofi.woot.com deals are linked here. But those are still separate entities from deals.woot.

Poke around, vote for stuff you like, contribute to the community, snag a great bargain. You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave.

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Q: How do I check my order?

A: Weren't you paying attention? deals.woot doesn't sell anything! You exited the wootiverse when you clicked on the external link to that deal. You'll need to deal directly with the retailer from whom you made your purchase.

If the item in question was purchased from a woot.com site, we'll take pity on you and provide the "my account" links for each of the various woot flavors:

https://www.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx
https://shirt.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx
https://wine.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx
https://kids.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx
https://sellout.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx
https://home.woot.com/Member/YourAccount.aspx

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Q: What are the rules of Deals.woot?

A:

1st rule: You do not talk about Deals.woot.

2nd rule: You DO NOT talk about Deals.woot.

3rd rule: If someone says "crab" or posts bacon, lingerie, zombie, it's all over.

4th rule: No guns (or ammo), sex toys (or lubes), porn magazines, live critters, counterfeit items, contests, auctions**, Etsy or other one-of-a-kind items, nudity in the thumbnails, comment SPAM, mystery boxes, or whining.

** Note: eBay storefronts selling 10 or more of an item through "Buy it Now" are not considered auctions.

5th rule: One posting per deal (event). If you post a duplicate deal and it gets deleted, don't be a crybaby about it.

6th rule: No shirts, no shoes. (It's the Internet; no one can see what you're wearing).

7th rule: Moofi deals will go on as long as they have to.

8th rule: If this is your first night at Deals.woot, you HAVE to buy something to vote.

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Q: I want post things for my own company. Do any special guidelines apply?

A: Yes.

1) Make absolutely certain that you are following all of the regular rules.

2) Your company needs to be real. If you're selling through eBay, it needs to be an official storefront, not just some dude selling a bunch of the same item.

3) We tend to favor established companies with good reputations and shun unfamiliar ones. Is your company listed on resellerratings.com? How is your reputation?

4) You should post under a name that makes it clear you are affiliated with the company in question. Users such as @tangadotcom, @ohcheri, and @lauracrowdsavings are good examples.

5) Turn on notifications for your account, and be prepared to answer questions about your products, policies, and customer service issues when your username is invoked.

6) Post things that are actually on sale, not your whole catalog.

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7) Start slow. Limit yourself to a posting or two per day, and spread your posts out over the course of the day. Otherwise, your deals will collapse into a "folder" and you are likely to incur the ire of this site's users.

8) Don't use shill accounts to vote for your deal. People will notice, and your name will be mud. And if you have a regular woot account under your real name, don't post deals from your company under that account in an attempt to escape the foldering system.

9) Be upfront about shipping costs. An incredible price paired with jacked-up shipping costs will only piss off prospective customers.

10) For Woot's sake, buy a shirt or something so that you can vote.

11) Participate in the site. Post deals from companies other than your own; ask and answer questions (and not just to plug your company or products); vote for deals and comments.

12) Consider sponsoring a deal. Help keep the lights on, ya dig?

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Q: Your site says that an item is available for $x, but when I clicked on the link, the price was $y?

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If $x > $y, celebrate your good fortune!

If $y > $x, look at the icon in the upper left-hand corner. Do you see a tombstone with a friendly raven perched on top? That means that the deal is dead. The deal has passed on. This deal is no more. It has ceased to be! This deal has expired and gone to meet his maker! It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. It has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible. It is an EX-DEAL!!!

No tombstone? Please tattle so that staff can plant one.

If $y == $x, you are a moron for asking this question.

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Q: Does anyone really buy this stuff from OhCheri?

A: Yes! (all told)

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Q: How do I increase my reputation?

A: Reputation doesn't matter. Just have fun and be active (written smugly perched atop their black triangle--oh, wait. I have a black triangle...at least for right now. Boy, don't I feel smug!)

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Q: Why does Woot sell so many refurbished Roomba's?

A: ???

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Rule # 1000000001:

Do not talk about Cora!!!

Zappppp... Oow!! What'd I say???

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Q: What is the difference between a community deal and a sponsored deal?

A: Any old schlub can post a deal. Even you. Even me, and I'm just a sock! These are called "community deals" because they are posted by members of the community. Get it? Sponsored deals mean that @thefenst duped some vendor into actually paying for access to your sorry eyeballs. This difference is relevant for three reasons. First, "sponsored deals" occupy a privileged spot on the deals page. Second, only votes for community deals count toward the "top voter" rankings on the leaderboard. Finally, sponsored deals have an added layer of protection: if a vendor really, really screws the pooch, deals staff may intercede to get the vendor to resolve the issue.

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Q: Why does my package sent by ship called 'cargo' and the other sent by car called 'shipment'?

A: See side B.

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Q: Why are deals from Amazon allowed, when they break some of the woot.deal rules.

A: That is just the way it is Amazon is special.

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Q: Why do some deals have 1 vote right off the bat, while others start at 0? Is something fishy going on?

A: No one is cheating. The initial vote count depends on the status of the person who posted the deal. Recall that you have to purchase something to vote. If the OP has voting rights, the system figures that the same user intended to vote for the deal in question-- otherwise, why would you have bothered posting it? So that deal starts with 1 vote. Deals posted by users without voting rights start with 0 votes.

Note that the automatic vote on your own posting does not count toward the "top voter" rankings on the leaderboard.

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@heymo: You forgot to mention - No mystery boxes.

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@durkzilla: Good point! @faughtey, can I please get a wedit?

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@faughtey: In the 3rd posting of this thread, could you please insert "mystery items" into the list of prohibited items (4th rule)?

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Q: How do I increase my reputation? (sorry, @lavikinga)

A: Go to the leaderboard and do what the magical dashboard tells you to do. In general, post good deals, ask good questions, vote for previously listed items, don't be a jerk, and don't make extra work for staff.

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Q: How do you mention a person who has spaces in their username?

A: The parsing script breaks on spaces, but you can put it in quotes (@like this) without the parentheses, which also break the parsing script.

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@trahentis: No apologies needed since that question is asked as many times as "where is/how do I track my order."

We need to add the constant "Why was my (eBay/facebook) deal deleted?"

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@prettysockpuppet: A small addition (see below)

Q: Your site says that an item is available for $x, but when I clicked on the link, the price was $y?

A:

If $x > $y, celebrate your good fortune!

If $y > $x, look at the icon in the upper left-hand corner. Do you see a tombstone with a friendly raven perched on top? That means that the deal is dead. The deal has passed on. This deal is no more. It has ceased to be! This deal has expired and gone to meet his maker! It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. It has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible. It is an EX-DEAL!!!

(Here comes my change to your otherwise fantasic answer.)

No tombstone? First check the deal's description to see if a coupon code is required (sorry, this requires reading). If not, then please tattle so that staff can plant one.

If $y == $x, you are a moron for asking this question.