Say Hello to my little friend....
Friends of Memepunks, this is Woot . Woot, these are the friends of Memepunks. Now that introductions are out of the way, let me tell you about the best little e-commerce site on this here world wide web. What is this Woot you may ask? Well, it all started as an experiment for an electronics dealer's on-line presence, but has evolved into something so much more than just a simple web store. What makes this Woot so different than a newegg or an amazon or a Best Buy you ask? Well before we get into it, perhaps we should start with the name, Woot.
As LOL and WTF and PWNED have entered our standard vocabulary thanks to the wonder that is on-line life and community, so to a lesser extent has the word Woot . It is used as a term of excited exclamation in the world of the web. Much like "Wow" and "Amazing" and "Huzzzahhh", Woot is a term used when telling your on-line friends about your new beta gmail account, or that great deal you got on Ebay for the latest in wrist wearable broadcast technology.
So along come these guys from Texas with an idea for a web store. First, Woot doesn't sell things... It sells A THING. Just one. Everyday a new item (there are exceptions to this of course, called Woot-offs, but we will get to that a little bit later) is posted and they don't tell you how many they have. That's right, you have no idea what their inventory level is until the item is all sold out. This is ok though, as any single customer can only ever buy 3 of any given item. And once an item is sold out, there is nothing else put up. "What the Hell?" you may be asking. "That spits in the face of everything we know about retail commerce!" Indeed. Its a new business model built on the power of the web and by all accounts an amazingly successful one.
From toasters to flat panel TVs (with blender) to froggy keyboard and mice sets , Woot spans the extremes of retail. But the novel business model is not the secret to their success. The real wonder is the humor and fun the site puts out with every new item. The descriptions of the items are truly unique and uproariously funny. Their wootcasts are also great. Take for instance, Bluetooth the Pirate. You can't stop the shanty, 'cuz the shanty won't stop!!
There is also the most special of days. Those days when the Woot staff looks around their warehouse and says "My lord in Heaven, we need to get rid of this crap!" and low and behold the elusive Woot-Off. This is a non-stop liquidation of all the left over stuff, usually with lower prices, and for days at a time items will be posted immediately after the previous item sells out.
And of course the Bag of Crap; Bride of Chucky; Bowl of Crayons... Sometimes, Woot gets special cast offs from their vendors; Calanders, ugly ties, toy robots straight from the Asian black market. Woot will throw up a "Bag of Crap" which is a random item from their inventory for JUST A DOLLAR!!!! There is even an urban internet legend of someone getting a $2500 plasma TV as their bag of crap, but this is unconfirmed.
So now that you two have met, we hope you give our friend Woot the chance to impress and astound you.