questionswhy was my deal incorrectly edited (the word freeā€¦

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It's not truly "free" if you have to pay for S&H.
Free in my book means that I pay $0 for it.

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That's like the "free" sunglasses in magazines you get so you can be a "product tester." S&H is only $10 for your "free" sunglasses that probably cost less than a dollar to make. I hate gimmicks like that. To be fair, though, I don't know if the deal mentioned here is a gimmick or not.

S&H is definitely a cost and one that often kills deals for me.

If you listed $4.95 shipping cost clearly along with the "FREE" title, i'm not sure I care too much either way. $0 or Free seems pretty much the same except that woot may reserve the term "Free" to only mean completely free (as the first answerer indicated).

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@wickedd365: I'm sure that if you walked up to their offices, they would hand you a sample for free. But it costs them money to send it. For small companies/startups with awesome products, I have no trouble covering costs. They don't have margins like the big guys.

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Well I've had a truly "free" deal edited. But I think I understand why. I think it's to maintain the consistency of all the deals, and also to avoid repeating the obvious as "FREE" and "for $0" means the same thing.

For example:

- FREE Something something for $0 + Free Shipping!
This seems too repetitive; the $0 and the Free mean the same thing.

Rather the structure should be equal to that of other, non-free, deals:
- Something something for $0 + Free Shipping!

I think this keeps all the deals consistent so that they all read:
- Something something for $x.xx + (free/$x.xx) shipping!

Just my thoughts though.