Tuesday, December 09, 2008


For those of you not yet familiar with Woot! yet, it's high time you learn. They advertise one deal a day. That's it. You can go and buy something, but just one something, because tomorrow, that something will be something new. They have some really cool stuff, and even a sister site for shirts (shirt.woot.com). Every month or so they send out a newsletter, and the copy writing—like their business model and website—is brilliant. I was loling at this month's issue, so I thought I'd share...

Attention, mikemetcalf:

Welcome to Woot's first official recession-era newsletter! For the next 12 to 24 months, all citizens are expected to fret over, worry about, or even directly experience the nadir of a consumerist society - OMG! What will we do when we stop buying stuff? Economists now agree that we're headed through a prolonged period of decreased consumer spending (you really need an advanced degree to come up with insights like that). Beyond that, it's anybody guess. Will the only growth sectors in the economy be shoe repair, pipe salvage, and roadside apple sales? Or will we bring on a quick recovery by doing patriotic things like buying stuff we can't afford and spending more money than we make?

As a retailer, it'd make sense for us to fall in with the BUY STUFF, AMERICA conga line. But by now, you know that we at Woot never do things the "normal", "sensible", "rational", "intelligent" way. We're not about to follow the herd over a cliff. When we go over a cliff, it's because of our own poor judgment, not someone else's. That's been our credo since about five minutes ago, when we first thought of it. And we've stayed true to it ever since.

That's why we're encouraging you and your fellow wooters to save this holiday season. Save your money! Save until you pull a saving muscle. Horde your money until you are literally choking on it. Save until maybe, like, mid-February or so, when the market will be a-glut with great deals for the taking every day. You'll avoid the crowds, take advantage of desperate retailers, and not have to hear "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time" even once.

Sure, maybe you'll disappoint some of your loved ones. But if they really love you, they can wait a couple of months, especially if your finances are at stake. Besides, if your so-called loved ones wanted you to set yourself on fire, would you? Of course you wouldn't. And that's the kind of independent thinking that will one day break the mindless conformity of our consumerist holiday ways.

But be warned: you'll want to stay far away from Woot.com this week. The breadth and scope of bargains we'll be offering - especially starting Tuesday morning at midnight - will be powerfully tempting. They could even lead you back down the spend-spend-spend path with the rest of the sheep. And that would make us sad enough to cry while we're taking your money.

See you in February!



Blogger Emily and Clay said...

FAN-freakin-TASTIC. Thanks Mike!

Zim is calling...

2:15 PM, December 09, 2008  
Blogger Katherine said...

Ha! I love their honesty! And, of course, it makes me want to buy stuff from them...

6:28 PM, December 09, 2008  
Blogger Vanessa The Scientist said...

Nice! That's how you get people to pay attention to your site.

For Christmas, Lydia said that she wanted you to post more.

5:27 PM, December 10, 2008  
Blogger jgyoung7 said...

Love Woot!. Also like other sites like it like TigZoo and Yugster. There are lots of other deal a day sites out there, but none as cleaver as Woot!

12:08 PM, December 12, 2008  
Blogger Jenny said...

Sean has been a Woot! follower for many years. They rock. And we have bought some killer gadgets at insane prices... that we didn't really need. Go figure.

4:18 PM, December 14, 2008  

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