O wicked Woot!

Their fifth-anniversary promotion is even more devious than usual.

Today’s item is a real-life replica of the infamous Woot-Off Lights that appear on the screen during the infamous Woot-Off. (It runs on a couple of LED bulbs and plugs into any convenient, or inconvenient, USB port.) The price is $3 (plus $5 shipping), about what you’d spend for a Bag O’Crap, were they being offered.

But here’s the twist: one out of every ten buyers of the lights will be sent an actual Browsing of Castoffs. And the selection is randomized as follows: if the last digit of your order number matches the last digit before the decimal point of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at closing Monday, in addition to the crappy lights, you get crap.

Historically, a 10-percent chance is better than I’ve been getting when vying for a Battery of Clamshells. The trick, though, is actually to get the lights in the first place: it took about twenty minutes to get the order through, albeit without the usual system glitches.

(Disclosure: I already have a set of these damn lights.)


  1. Jeffro »

    12 July 2009 · 11:44 am

    I haven’t made up my mind yet if it’s worth the gamble. I say this as a person who has failed miserably in acquiring a Bunch of Cabbage.

  2. Jessika »

    13 July 2009 · 8:55 am

    Dang, I missed the Woot-Off! I would have gone for it. Serves me right for not going online yesterday I guess.

  3. CGHill »

    13 July 2009 · 8:58 am

    Well, it wasn’t really a Woot-Off; that was the only item of the day. It’s just that they made it trickier than usual.

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