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PSA: woot!

Dec. 9th, 2008 09:35 am
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So, I recently subscribed to the woot.com rss feed ([livejournal.com profile] wootdotcom). (For those who don't know, they're an online place that puts up one item per day at an amazingly low price... when it sells out, it sells out, and there's a new item tomorrow. Items are almost always of the electronics variety.)

Subscribing is actually quite silly of me, because I'm unlikely to buy anything from it, but I've been curious about just watching the site for a while and realized I could do that without needing to remember to go check, so I did. Anyway... they apparently sometimes have a special deal thingy that I was completely unaware of called a "Woot-off" in which they keep putting up new item after new item as soon as the previous one sells out. And one of those started about an hour ago.

Besides the interesting effect of causing drastic changes in my friends page every time I re-load, I thought it might be worth sharing with folks in case anyone is still looking for tech-y presents to buy for Christmas. (Does a roomba count as tech-y? 'Cause that's what's up at the moment.) Happy shopping!

Date: 2008-12-09 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allthingsnoisy.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] visionline and I purchased Roombas for our respective parental units over the last few years, and we've bought a few other gadget-y things as well. There is much love for woot in our house.

Date: 2008-12-09 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wanderingpixie.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm not saying there aren't things that show up on woot that I wouldn't love to buy... 'cause there are. (For instance, I'm undecided on roombas, but I'd love to give one a try sometime.) But, with my current job situation and having just spent more than I really meant to on [livejournal.com profile] demonlurking for the holidays, the likelihood that I'm actually going to buy anything is slim-to-none =)

Date: 2008-12-09 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allthingsnoisy.livejournal.com
There is always next year. The stuff that appears on woot does come up again and again.

The Roombas aren't all what they're cracked up to be. The batteries fail to hold a charge after so long (~18 months). I would not buy another one.

Date: 2008-12-09 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wulfsdottir.livejournal.com
Thanks for the tip - I always forget to check woot, myself.

Date: 2008-12-09 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrtolin.livejournal.com
Tanga can also be interesting to watch. They are more game focused, but cycle a healthy amount of tech stuff through as well.

http://www.tanga.com/

Date: 2008-12-09 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jwildstr.livejournal.com
See, this is what a dedicated RSS reader (like Google Reader) is for. I just marked the entire folder as read, since I know that most of the deals there had expired already.

Date: 2008-12-09 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lutraphile.livejournal.com
and by "roomba", you mean "feline transportation device", yes?

Date: 2008-12-09 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wanderingpixie.livejournal.com
*laugh* Very good point =)

Date: 2008-12-10 03:37 am (UTC)
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I use Firefox, so I have installed the Woot Watcher and Tanga Watcher add-ons. That way I can always check what the current deal is right there in my status line! ;>

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