The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 March 2007

Hence the word "crapshoot"

I don't know if this is the smartest guy on Woot, but this observation of the Woot-Off process is spot-on:

People want to believe in the Blinged-Out Cabbage. They sincerely WANT to fight for the chance to get a box, in which is a bag, in which is some spectacu ... crudly ... er ... well ... p-o-o-p. Oh, yes, and one person in 4500 gets something neat. Which is like a lottery, except here at least you can get a kazoo or something for your $3.

Frankly, it's the best marketing tactic EVER. It makes many people here glue themselves to the woot-off, and everyone is literally DROOLING when the bar finally makes it down to zero and the "Sold Out" sign flashes.

Sad, isn't it? But, there you go. We're all crazy people, waiting for a chance to spin the wheel ... gamble $8, and get ... nothing. Not much different than Vegas if you think about it for a sec.

Except for the fact that I don't actually drool (at least, not on these occasions), there's scarcely a word here I'd change.

Posted at 3:18 PM to Bushel of Currency


dead on. I was glued to my station for the duration. Almost got one, got the dreaded "you are in line" page. Although I did buy some neat stuff, hardly worth my wasting two days.

Posted by: Joe at 10:24 AM on 24 March 2007

I got that "you are in line" page myself. Unfortunately, no one dropped out of line.

I did score a couple of useful items, but somehow those don't seem so important.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:35 AM on 24 March 2007