At a glance
I 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”!
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.