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Woot CEO Matt Rutledge, on being acquired by Amazon:

[W]e plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot — with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture. Nevertheless, don’t worry that our culture will suddenly take a leap forward and become cutting-edge. We’re still going to be the same old bottom-feeders our customers and readers have come to know and love, and each and every one of their pre-written insult macros will still be just as valid in a week, two weeks, or even next year. For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk.

And in case you didn’t get it the first time:

Woot and all our various sites will continue to be an independently operated company full of horrible, useless products and an untalented jerkface writing staff, same as it ever was.

Inasmuch as Amazon has thus far failed to ruin, I suspect we don’t have a lot to worry about, Woot-wise.


  1. Jeffro »

    30 June 2010 · 9:49 pm

    So many carry on about Microsoft, Apple and Google taking over the world – but Amazon seems to be buying up quite a bit of it as well.

  2. CGHill »

    30 June 2010 · 10:09 pm

    Amazon, at least, has no Higher Purpose other than to make bazillions of buckaroonies, which makes them a lot easier to tolerate than the wannabe world-changers.

    (Well, there’s the Kindle, but that was to expand book sales more than to cast a warm glow on Jeff Bezos.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 July 2010 · 7:13 am

    I’m willing to willfully ignore any potential “evil” that Amazon may be as long as I can still continue to subscribe to their “all you can eat” 2-day Prime shipping deal. (It’s often actually faster for me to order a book of Amazon than it is to make the time to drive the hour’s round trip to the nearest large-ish bookstore.)

  4. CGHill »

    1 July 2010 · 7:25 am

    And guess what Woot has today? Kindles!

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