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Woot! Deals Review – Find the Best Deal of the Day

By David Bakke

woot logoI do a great deal of my shopping online, and I also have a side business which entails finding deals on online shopping sites and reselling. I’ve had a look at a multitude of daily deals and group buying sites out there, and frankly, I have not been impressed with very many of them. They all have a variety of drawbacks, whether it be the products they offer, their prices, their shipping times, or their return policies. In general, I’ve learned that you need to be very careful when shopping at these websites, to make sure you are actually getting a “deal.”

However, there is one “deal of the day” site that I feel is head and shoulders above the rest. That website is called Woot! I’ve been a Woot customer for several years now and have never been disappointed with any of my purchases.

How it Works

Like most other similar sites, Woot offers one deeply discounted product per day. The item is “released” at midnight and stays available until either 11:59 PM that day, or until it sells out, whichever comes first. Woot also has a variety of sister sites, and they all operate in the same fashion. There is Kids.Woot, dedicated to children’s items, Wine.Woot, featuring wine, Shirt.Woot, which sells humorous T-shirts, and they also have Sellout.Woot, which is basically the same as Woot but works in conjunction with Yahoo Shopping.

Here’s a screen shot from today’s daily deal on Woot!

woot deals

The Pros

Pricing
Woot advertises that it sells products for “dirt cheap,” and it lives up this claim. You can find other sites like this that claim that their prices are lower than anywhere else, only to find with a simple Internet search that their prices really aren’t deals at all. With Woot, I can assure you that the majority of the time, its prices are in fact the lowest on the Internet.

Descriptions and Narratives
One thing I absolutely love about Woot is how they describe the products. They do it in a very off-the-cuff, politically incorrect fashion – a lot of the narratives are downright funny. You usually get a little “story” mixed in with the product details and if the product isn’t of the greatest quality in their estimation, they’ll usually tell you that, too.

On many other “deal of the day” sites, the products they offer are refurbished or re-certified, and they don’t make that immediately clear. On Woot, if it’s a refurb, they tell you that upfront and in no uncertain terms.

Ordering Process
The ordering process on Woot could not be any easier. They have a big “I Want One” button next to the daily item, and you click on that. If it’s sold out, the button says “Sold Out” and you can’t click it. After you have set up an account with them, all of your saved information appears on the next screen. You have the option to purchase more than one of the item if you’d like, but the limit is three. When you have decided on your quantity, simply review the information and click on the gold button that says “This Info is Correct,” and that’s it. You get a shipping notification when your items ship and it usually hits your door in a few days.

Woot Off
Another fantastic feature of Woot is what they call a Woot Off. These are sales in which the site offers many different products in the same day. An item stays up for sale until it sells out, and then it’s on to the next item. The only problem is that Woot Offs are unannounced and unadvertised and, obviously, the site doesn’t give you any advanced notice of what the items will be. You simply have to tune in to find out. I have found that the prices that they offer on Woot Off days are even lower than the already low daily prices.

The Cons

Shipping
Woot’s shipping isn’t the fastest in the world, but it’s good enough. Their items typically ship within 2-3 days after ordering. They do not have an expedited shipping option.

Return Policy
There isn’t much of a return policy on Woot, but then again, most other sites like this don’t have any return policy at all. If you get a defective item, Woot will probably tell you to do what you should already know – contact the manufacturer. Most of the time you can schedule a replacement through them. I have never had to return anything I’ve ever bought from Woot, but they are open to working with customers to some extent. Because of the nature of the site, it’s pretty much up to you to shop wisely – Woot won’t do anything about “buyer’s remorse”!

Final Word

I have a lot of experience shopping on the Internet and I have purchased a great deal of items from Woot. I have never had a problem with anything I’ve ever purchased there. The descriptions and narratives are informative and entertaining, and the checkout process couldn’t be any easier. I would highly recommend adding Woot to your favorites list, because you never know what you’re going to find. And you know that it’s going to be at a great price.

Has anyone else had experience buying from Woot? Feel free to share your comments below.

Check out today’s daily deal on Woot! (Official Site)

David Bakke
David started his own personal finance blog, YourFinances101, in June of 2009 and published his first book on ways to save more and spend less called "Don't Be A Mule..." Since then he has been a regular contributor for Money Crashers. He lives just outside Atlanta, GA and most all of his free time is taken up by his amazing three year old son, Nicholas.

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Comments

  • Karmella

    I’ve ordered from them several times and been happy. The prices usually seem more fair than anything else. Shipping price seems fair too, especially if you buy more than one of an item. Oh, and for shirts it’s always $10, free slow shipping with an option to buy faster shipping (shirt woot only).

    But what I most wanted to share was that a few months ago I bought a couple of iphone chargers from woot. The first one I tried was defective and I emailed them – a real person, a friendly one, got back in touch with me. We did a little troubleshooting, then determined that only one charger was defective – they didn’t have any more items so they immediately refunded my six dollars or whatever. It wasn’t a high dollar amount, but the whole experience left me with such a good impression of them. The refund was nice, but their helpful and genuine attitude was way more important.

    Sure, I would still be cautious, and maybe my experience was an anomaly, but

    • David Bakke

      Karmella

      Woot rocks, that’s all I can say!!

      Thanks for commenting..

  • Anissa

    We love Woot! We’ve gotten everything from a sushi kit to mp3 players there. Just like Groupon though, not everything is a huge deal or a must have, and the best deals go quick. The wootoffs are a bunch of fun (especially if you can get the elusive BOC aka bag of crap). A BOC can be anything in their inventory and you pay $5 (plus shipping) and have no idea what you will get. We’ve done it a couple times and gotten greeting cards, cd’s, mp3 players (refurbished) and more. Some people have even gotten big screen tvs! You never know what it will be, so when they appear, they are gone in seconds!

    Oh one other feature on woot that’s helpful is the message boards. There people discuss the deals and what their experiences have been, so if you are undecided you can get more info.

    Happy Wooting!

  • David Bakke

    Anissa

    The woot-offs are awesome!

    I’ve never actually gotten a BOC, but if there’s a chance to get a flat screen, them I’m all in!

    Thanks for sharing!

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