One activity that people love to do is shopping. In fact, some people love it so much that they resort to retail therapy when they feel sad or in need of a happy thing to do. But like any other activity, shopping requires a person to spend money so the wise shopper is always on the watch for discounts and bargains. The wise shopper will visit sites like Woot to save bundles of money.
Being one of the highest-rated daily deal websites on the internet, Woot is an American online retailer founded by electronics wholesaler Matt Rutledge. It came out in July 2003 and is currently based in Carrollton, Texas. In June 2010, the company announced that it was being acquired by Amazon.
The company’s tagline is “One Day, One Deal”. Usually, Woot offers one daily deal per day until it runs out of stock or the item is replaced at midnight (Central Time). This sale model was pioneered by the company and has been copied by other online retailers ever since. Woot employs an unusual marketing style with its deals. The description of a product is worded differently and usually mocks Woot, the customer or the product itself. Purchasers are well-informed of any fine print as they’re not interested in tricking their customers whatsoever. A less quirky product description is also available in the website. These are submitted by customers so potential buyers are able to read in the user forums what other people are saying about the products being sold. A customer can purchase up to three of a given deal each day but sometimes it is limited to one per customer. The company only delivers within the United States through FedEx and UPS.
Being rated on this top 10 list, one can only assume Woot has a ton of features. Here are some of them:
Woot-Off – this is when the website veers away from the usual “one day, one deal”. It’s when a product is quickly sold out and is immediately replaced with another product. A Woot-Off usually lasts up to three days.
Happy Hour – a one hour version of the Woot-Off and is promoted on Twitter.
Bag of Crap – the website will sometimes sell a blind grab bag they have officially dubbed “Random Crap”. It includes at least three “crappy” items and a bag. The items are not revealed so the purchaser does not know what he or she is buying. Sometimes, expensive items are in sold in the bag. The BOC is very popular and sells out fast.
2-for-Tuesday - the website sells items that come in pairs on Tuesdays, but sometimes they also offer higher quantities than a 2-pack.
Woot is completely free to join and you only pay for the deals in which you purchase. All you have to do is provide a username, password and email. Once you become a member you can receive a daily digest of the deals they offer. You will also receive a newsletter occasionally.
If you are a quirky shopper who likes to get a good deal every once in awhile then Woot is for you. Being free to use and having some of the best deals around, there’s certainly no harm in checking them out!