questionswill you mind paying more for woot shirts?

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Nah, that seems more than fair--and still beats the hell out of say, Threadless, where I tend to only buy shirts if they're on extreme sale.

Plus, that Shirt.Woot free shipping just makes me feel so gosh-darned special.

Thanks for posting the info!

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Completely understand the move and hold no animosity towards the Woot! execs for making the call, but honestly it will make me hesitate before buying the shirts that might have otherwise been insta-buys.

I'll likely still buy them anyways, but there'll be a slight hesitation now.

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I only have a few woot.shirts, but $12 is still a great price, especially with that sweet sweet free shipping.

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Personally not happy with it but I understand. Wish they could have found another way to "close the gap."

Sounds like the extra projects and such will cost them more. Almost would rather for them to forgo the extra projects and keep the price the same.

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@heyjoie: I hear ya. I have some Threadless shirts, most purchased for less than $12, and even then I feel I'm barely getting my money's worth because of their use of imported blanks. The ones made in India feel the most insubstantial IMHO.

@mikeymet: I might take an extra second now to make an insta-buy decision. ^_^

@jbhswim: Since they sell at a higher price, the extra projects have bigger profit margins.

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I didn't buy shirts too often there to begin with, but this will make me slightly less likely to buy one.

I know two dollars isn't much, but in my mind it's easier to spend 10 bucks on a whim than 12.

vote-for9vote-against

It sets the bar a little higher (or lower) when comparing with other t-shirt deals, making the other deals look better than in the past.

Given that shirt.woot has no fat-guy surcharge, the shirts will (presumably) still be better quality American Apparel, and there is free shipping, I don't see it as anything more than inflation, which is a fact of life.

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I have so many Woot! shirts already that I've been buying at a much slower rate anyway, but if I see one I like I'll still pull the trigger at $12.

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As they noted, the price has stayed the same for 4 years. That's pretty impressive. I'd be hard pressed to find cool and imaginatively designed t-shirts for $12 shipped. Yeah, there's other cheap places out there, but for quality shirts that i want to wear or give as gifts, I'll only buy from shirt.woot and threadless.

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My only problem with this is it makes the math to figure out how much I've spent on shirts that much harder. Also I was thinking about buying todays shirt right away then passed and now that they fixed the price to 12 it makes me sad that I waited. Though I still think I'm gonna pass.

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Sorry, but honestly, I will be buying a lot fewer now. Especially with the decline in creativity and freshness of the recent prints.

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Eh I will probably buy them just as often. Though would think twice about some. It's only 2$ so not to bad but meh never can tell till it happens.

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I'd managed to cut my shirt.woot! habit down to just randoms and three or four select designs a year anyway. This won't break me. Honestly, I'm more upset because 12 is not a round number like 10, not that it's more expensive.

Any idea how the Random sales will price now? That might actually affect me if it goes up to say, $24.

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I just wish I had known in advance they were going up. I've passed on a lot of $10 shirts because I knew there might be a better $10 shirt the next day.

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I don't think I've ever bought a Woot shirt at $10 (on intro day) so that's not a game changer for me. I usually buy them during a Woot-Off at someone's request, or during the mystery shirt events.

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I've bought so few shirts the last couple years, I don't think it will matter much. Kind of sad, when I first came here I bought like 13 the first year :(

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As long as nothing else changes (quality) then I am fine with it. It will not change my buying habits on them. I have already been cutting back on buying non-work related clothing anyways.

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Nothing exciting to add, except that I don't mind. I rather they keep the quality than skimp and I've us crappy tshirts. There are plenty of those around.

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I feel like the $10 price point was pretty great. $12 may have to make me think twice. I guess the same rules apply -- I will need to love it before I pull the trigger, but this may make me hesitate that much longer.

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$12 doesn't bother me, but if their random shirts go up I probably won't buy those.

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This is just the latest of a bunch of boneheaded moves since A'zon took over, and Woot is suffering for it. 20% more might not seem huge increase, but it's enough to pull the shirts out of the impulse-buy category for many people, which is absolutely vital on a one-day deal site. I'm not going to say I'll never buy them again, but the design would have to be something truly spectacular at the new price to justify the purchase.

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It doesn't bother me. It is only $2 more.

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My only issue with woot!shirts is they tend to run a little small and shrink pretty quick too. I always go the next size up when ordering kids shirts

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@starblind: Not trying to put you on the spot or anything, but what other boneheaded moves?

If you are talking about the BOC, they have been getting crappier all the time.

And to be honest, it really has nothing to do with the Amazon acquisition. Amazon was already thinking about acquiring Woot in January 2008 (and probably earlier): http://valleywag.com/342487/amazoncom-gets-a-4-million-piece-of-woot

But again, not trying to call you out or anything, I'm just curious what you are referring to.

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Not necessarily bothered about the price increase, but it does make it harder with a tight budget to fit these in..

Anyone conisdered if they raise the price on random shirts by 2$ a piece how un-lucrative that will be? 19.98 -> 25.98 for three? That's no longer an impulse purchase for me.

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I'd worry a lot less about it if they'd increase the size range and "true" the sizes a little better. I've pretty much given up on buying them because they tend to run too small.

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Time to put out a bid for another US supplier of t-shirt blanks. If they become imported, I will likely not buy another and i will not be promoting Woot shirts to my friends and family. That's how I stand on a few items where there is a choice to by American. Although, I'd hate for Woot to become another "Netflix" and lose tons of customers overnight over $2. Quality comes first. US made, I'd pay $12, but selectively.

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It will mean fewer "family" shirts -- fewer multiple buys. Don't know yet about fewer buys overall. It will depend on the designs. It will probably make my trigger finger a little less itchy. Though I do understand the policy of keeping it domestic, as long as the quality is there.

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@mellielou: There aren't many other US manufactures left. I mean, why pay an American $13/hour when you can pay less than $5/day in Haiti?

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It's pure economics; price goes up and as a result I will buy less shirts.

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As much as I don't want to I will have to stop buying shirts. It is not because I am against the price increase, that I understand, I just moved to Japan. I have just started having to add $5 to every order, that was hard enough, I cannot afford adding $2 to that. I love shirt.woot and it will be sad to see the shirts I really want but can no longer afford.

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I agree with @baqui63. I've been shopping more and more of the alternative shirt acquisition sites lately, and this puts Woot competitively much closer to them. I don't think it will affect my shirt buying patterns all that much more, since I don't impulse buy.
And I'm still not over the loss of TilTeed. If they hadn't gone to the dogs, Woot would have been even further down the preferred vendor list.

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I have't wooted any shirts yet, but the higher price definitely makes it less likely that I will.

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The majority of my shirts have been randoms, with 55 shirts purchased I have spent an average of $7.63 a shirt. Waiting to see how much the randoms will cost.

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@fraxcat:

Randoms are sold at 1/3 off the debut price, or perhaps it is 5/9 off the non-debut price of $15.

If those discounts continue to apply, the random pricing will likely be either $8 (1/3 off $12) or $7.56 (5/9 off $17).

Note that $8 x 3 = $24 and $7.56 x 3 = $22.68. Neither is an especially "nice" number, though I guess that $24 is rounder.

Edit: I just noticed that the non-debut price is still $15. So maybe the randoms will stay at $6.66, though I'm not holding my breath.

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My question is how does this impact the designers and the reckoning? With a $5 differance the sale will be made on the first day, with $3 the sale make more for the designer and it figures into the reckoning. This could be part of the thinking.

If I want the artist to get more money I will buy after the first day. Unless I think that the design will get pulled after the first day!

The main thing I want from Woot is XXL for women. It is a size the is made and the girls would have more room! Think of the Girls!!!

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hey...as long as they are american made...yea. 2 bucks is a small price to pay to keep it domestic.

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Many shirts I have bought have sizing and dying issues; thus my wife told me not to buy any more for her or the kids and as others pointed out on the back ninja shirt, $12 for a kids shirt is a little high. I don't mind paying for a fun design, but $12 will put fewer shirts in my mailbox. The price is equal to what I would pay for fun designs at some other online stores or local retailers. $2 really isn't a big difference, but it is enough to make the buying decisions easier for someone that has lots of t-shirts (mainly woot ones) and hardly any time to wear them.

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It's definitely gonna make me think, shirts that we get now actually kinda suck compared to a year ago, many of my new ones (4, all less than 5 months old) have developed holes for no discernible reason, yet my classic (thicker fabric) world building 1-1 has no holes, at a year old

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Even with the price change, shirt.woot will still be consistently the cheapest source of quality printed shirts. I'm not happy about the price increase or anything, but I tend to not be certain about whether I want a shirt on day 1 anyway, so this probably won't affect me as much as some more impulse driven buyers.

Keep it high quality, And maybe do some more wacky designs. More front/back printing, perhaps?

Also, while I have your ear, could you do a limited re-release of Fractal Tree? What if I said please? Please.

@baqui63: Only the debut price is changing. Why are you marking the 15 up to 17?

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@jpmallon:

Read the entire post, in particular the edit at the bottom.

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@baqui63: The edit wasn't there when I was writing this, so it doesn't count:P At-least I don't remember it.
But yeah, I get it.

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@k3rizz3k: Strange. Never had any issues here with any of the shirts. Any holes that end up in mine are usually inflicted by accident, not from wear.

Granted, I have a front loader and do separate loads for shirts vs. heavier stuff (like jeans/sweatshirts/etc.), and no dryer (mainly for the zero energy cost).

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Why are people so quick to assume that US = quality, and elsewhere is not so?

Also, the question isn't "is $2 a lot of money" or "would you pay an extra $2 to prevent a quality drop." Since the only factor mentioned was the location, I think that's the only reasonable change to assume.

All other things being equal, I wouldn't pay an extra 20% for ANY product just because it was made in the US. That's silly.

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12 bucks is still decent, but at 10 I would be more likely to impulse buy. I'm more concerned about the quality with the change in supplier. Time will tell.