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What happened to Woot!? I'll tell you.

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by get_nick, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    I was working on my truck today and thinking about how long it's been since I've really added any mods to a vehicle. It brought me back to the old days of HondaSwap and I randomly remembered Woot!. I realized I haven't thought about it in at least 5 years.

    The last Woot thread title on here was in 2013: http://hondaswap.com/search/8326523/?q=woot&o=date&c[title_only]=1

    Anyway, I started doing some reading and found an interesting history.

    2004: Founded in Texas by a computer parts liquidator

    2010: Amazon bought Woot! for $110 million.Woot! still exists as an Amazon company.
    https://www.woot.com/

    2013: Founders quit Amazon. Some went on to start Mediocre Laboratories.
    https://mediocre.com/

    2014: The founder's new project is a site called "Meh". Basically a shitty version of Woot....EXACTLY what a jaded tech millionaire would build when they've officially said "fuck it" and have the resources to do whatever the hell they want.

    https://meh.com/

    Two great interviews with the founder:
    2014: https://www.dmagazine.com/publicati...has-a-new-deal-mediocre-corporation/?single=1

    2015: http://www.ecommercefuel.com/woot/


    Anyway, I just thought I would share a random memory and my internet findings.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    Interesting, never heard of that site
    I still check woot just about daily, but haven't seen anything really good on there in quite some time
     
  3. Briansol

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    BoC battles... ALL HANDS DUDE!!! ITS BOC IN THE WOOT OFF!!!! and it's gone
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    Use to kill it on BOCs
     
  5. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    It's interesting how their site would crash the servers on the bundle of carrots. I wonder how much cheaper servers are now compared to back then. I bet it was at least 10x the cost back then.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    i can tell you in my experience it's certainly less for more today. Except if you're loading up with RAM, RAM for servers is crazy expensive right now.
     
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    We have this thing called AWS and autoscaling now.
     
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    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    It's technically "Auto Scaling".

    :sniper::(
     
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  10. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    Woot turned to chit when it started selling everything. Let’s not forget that Trump hater who always gets face time too. Which makes sense since woot is owned by the same guy who owns the Washington compost.

    Meh is where it’s at.
     
  11. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Huh. Time to read up. Haven't bought anything from woot in quite some time.
     
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