@connorbush I have a couple of the ice ball molds seen in the video. I don’t know how you can keep the one’s from today’s meh deal from falling over and spilling in your freezer- save an egg box for them, I guess.
I haven’t tried the elaborate techniques in the video, but I have found that the ice balls tend to break when you pour the drink into the glass. Maybe you have to keep the drink mix chilled super cold to prevent that. Too much trouble…
Paused…I’m not sure why I have a VMP account if I can’t buy the stuff on the site. My VMP just renewed 3 days ago, so I’m not canceling it right now, but I’m setting an alarm on my calendar to do so before it renews again. This is crap. At least Woot died after it was sold, now Meh is dying before.
@communist Yes, I’m aware that if I jump through hoops, I may be able to buy it at some point in time, but I’m not jumping through hoops to circumvent them arbitrarily deciding to stop and start selling something.
@yoda133113 I don’t want to be an apologist but if you think about it this is no more arbitrary than only selling it at midnight until it’s sold out. It’s just a different arbitrary than the arbitrary we’re used to. But I fully respect your prerogative to hate it and cancel your VMP. It’s a risk @snapster takes for experimenting but I’m sure the risk/benefit analysis has been done and was found to be acceptable.
I personally don’t hate The Pause but, as I’ve said in another thread, it won’t increase my chances of getting something that would have sold out because 1) I’m asleep at 5 am and 2) there’s little chance I will think of looking again at 1 pm. I can try setting an alarm but it’s unlikely to be successful.
This would have been a no-thought purchase for me, but - since Meh feels the need to placate the whiners who can’t deal with a decade of midnight release tradition - I will not be buying this, even if there are some readily-available later today.
I’ve been silent on the new pause crap, but I think it’s complete bullshit. I’m sure Meh doesn’t give a damn about my $8 or even my $96/year for VMP, but I know I’m not the only one.
But I think you can cut it even closer. You can look at/buy the deal the midnight (early morning) of your renewal. And then immediately cancel. (Midwesterner in the eastern zone here.). I suppose technically from a Texas perspective that buy is the “day before”.
@SpenceMan01 I’ve seen way more whining from people complaining about the circuit breakers than I ever saw from people complaining that midnight was too late for them. Second only to people complaining that they couldn’t get a fuku/o.
@SpenceMan01 anecdotally. I’m sure that Meh is doing statistical analysis and has some means of comparing the displeased against the pleased. Since the sales largely keep selling out I don’t think they’re hurting too badly from this change and in general I would expect more vocal complaints resulting from a change to the status quo than complaints about a long standing status quo.
@jbartus The stats are something I thought about when this all initially hit. My (non-sensical) theory involves East coast people being more willing to pay a higher price for a given product than, say, a midwesterner. Sell more to the East coasters, make more money.
My other theory is site/ad views. Get people back to the site to ratchet up those ad impressions. Amazon did something similar when they stopped including tracking numbers in emails. It forced you to go to the site to track orders, resulting it putting more ads/products in front of your face.
They might as well just do it woot-off style and only change the item after the previous one sells out. Some deals last an hour, some last all weekend. That way, new deals could pop at any time, so no more whiners based on geographical location. With the pausing, we’re not a traditional daily deal site anyway, so what’s the point in pretending?
@DrunkCat with 3 releases, it’s basically 3 deals per day. 1 deal a day means it’s there until it sells out and then there is nothing until the next day. Not “oh you missed the 11pm deal? Check back for the 7am deal!” Traditionally, that’s not how daily deal sites worked. Experiment PAVLOV asks if the CLASSIC daily deal site is compelling again. To the meh decision makers, that answer must be “no” or they wouldn’t have dinked with the winning formula.
@medz It’s the same deal though. It’s not three deals a day, it’s still the one deal for the ‘day’. If they increased/lowered the price after the circuit breakers then you’d have an argument. As is it’s just a pause on the same deal.
@DrunkCat You’re defining deal differently than I am. I equate the “deal” to the offering (or sales event) whereas you’re saying the item itself is the deal.
Edit: Example: Sonic offers 1/2 price drinks for the morning commute and happy hour on the same day. So, they put the same drink on sale twice a day. It’s considered a “deal” 2 times a day, so it’s not a singular daily deal.
@medz Sonic offers the same deal at two different times. A deal isn’t a sales event, a deal is a product sold at a specific price. You can see this in practice perusing the slickdeals forums when folks say for example “it’s the same deal as last week”. Using your definition of ‘deal’ they would have to say “look at this new deal that is the same in every way as this other deal except for its timestamp.”
i meant to post here yesterday but work got in the way.
I got mine yesterday morning and filled them and into the freezer they went. After about 4 hours, they were solid. I had a hard time getting them out but after a good hard roll on the counter while pressing on them with my hand, they popped out. The ice was solid in 2 of them and the other two were cracked, but they held together. I dropped 3 of them into my Walmart Yeti tumbler and filled it up. After refilling the cup another 3-4 times, they were still holding up well. I’m fairly pleased with them, but I think it’s more of a novelty than anything else
I did think to take a picture after about an hour in the drink. It was one of the balls that had cracked, and it had separated in the cup.
Long time VMP member.
Missed out 3x on this today.
It paused twice, then sold out.
Not happy with this bullshit pause.
The argument that:
"if they didn’t pause the sale I wouldn’t have a chance because it would have already sold out"
Doesn’t hold water.
Let it sell out.
I could care less if it sold out 5 minutes after midnight.
That is how it works. I missed out.
But, to pay VMP, have the product available, and to not be allowed to purchase it sucks.
And sucks 3x a day.
@icehole I’m confused, are you somehow under some delusion that paying VMP is to Meh’s benefit and not your own? Dollars to donuts they’re losing money on VMP sales compared to non-VMP sales that pay $5 a whack for shipping. Your massive shipping discount seems to have left you feeling a bit entitled TBH.
@icehole I read the words you wrote. They pretty much amounted to “I couldn’t be timely three times today so I’m going to blame Meh” with some additional comments about how being VMP should have allowed you to buy.
I didn’t try to make clear ice, but I quickly looked at the two I put in the freezer, and one expanded a lot more than the other one and actually came out a little bit out of the hole. I will need to test different water levels.
@ELUNO@pantheist I’ll be home in around 3 hours to report. Last night I looked before bed and it was just really cold water. The two ice balls that I had upright looked like they lost some water… So I did put a little more in them. I’m not sure if they popped open since they’re jammed into some glasses, or just leaked out.
@ELUNO the clear ice worked pretty well… The clear ice sphere, not so much. I managed to get a half clear sphere, a mostly full sphere with an indent at the top and bottom, and then two sort of cloudy spheres. I’ve learned to just leave it alone for a full two days, not to use an insulated cup, and make sure to fill the mold and not let any air into it while turning it upside down into the cup of water. I think me moving it around and checking on it screwed it up even more.
I was going to take a photo, but I put all the ice in a bag, after I rinsed it to get all the little broken pieces off (don’t do that) so it’s all stuck together and I can’t be bothered to pull it all apart right now.
The rest of the ice in the cooler around the cups came out mostly clear. There was a little bit of distortions in the middle, right next to where I had one of the cups that I pulled out to check on the mold. It looked kinda neat and reflected like a prism in one piece. I wish I would of taken a photo.
So now my cooler is sitting in the freezer without any ice ball molds.
@RiotDemon lol. Did you cut the ice with a knife like in the video? Can’t you pull it apart that same way? Or are you talking just about all the spheres?
I think I will stick with cloudy boob ice balls for now, it sounds too complicated.
@RiotDemon Are you still using the ice molds? Did you ever figure out a way to get clear spheres?
I finally got around to trying to make clear ice in the cooler. I got the big chunk of clear ice but when I tried to break off cubes, mine didn’t break in nice straight lines like in the video. I did the scoring with the bread knife and tapping on it just like he did, but I got random, jagged blobs. They add a nice rustic charm to an Old Fashioned but I was hoping to get spears for the Collins glasses I bought last weekend. Have you had any luck chopping up the ice like in the video?
@craigthom We drink quite a bit of Woodford Reserve in this house. Opened the bar over the weekend and discovered SIX unopened bottles tucked away. Husband’s excuse? “They were marked incorrectly at $20 a bottle. I bought all they had.”
@LaVikinga Another true story: most of the bourbon in regular Woodford Reserve is made at the Early Times distillery in Louisville on column stills (the same stuff used in Old Forrester, although I’m sure they select barrels specifically for Woodford). The capacity of the pot stills at Woodford is much too small. They mix in that whiskey with the regular stuff, but it’s less than half.
That doesn’t make the bourbon any less tasty, but it does make the marketing a bit misleading.
@craigthom I’ll pass this along. My husband adores single malt, Talisker being one of his favorites. Unfortunately, Talisker tends to be a bit out of our comfort range as his one-a-day late afternoon sipper. Someone hipped him to the fact that Johnny Walker Double Black was blended with Talisker, and he was surprised at how much he enjoyed a blend (He tends to avoid blends for some reason). Now it’s something in frequent rotation especially if he can catch a good sale.
@LaVikinga I think there’s Talisker in every Johnnie Walker whisky, even the Red. It’s noticeable in the Black. I haven’t have the Double Black, but reviews say it’s got more Caol Ila (from Islay) and Taliker (from Skye) than the regular Black, giving it more of that West Coast (of Scotland) smokiness.
I don’t remember the numbers, but I’m pretty sure most of what Talisker produces goes into Johnnie Walker blends. The single-malt releases are a small part of their output.
Here’s another fun fact: I visited the Isle of Skye several years ago and toured the Talisker distillery. There’s so much peat in the ground that their spring water was brown with it.
For bourbon, he might like something with a higher rye content than Woodford. On the more affordable end at the 100 proof Old Grand-Dad (I am serious) and Wild Turkey. A little up the ladder is the Four Roses single barrel.
@craigthom ALL of this is good to pass on to him.
I guess my palate isn’t cut out for whiskey/whisky. I tell my husband the fumes are worse than jet fuel. I’m strictly a gin girl and I do love my gins.
@RiotDemon Let me know how it works. I’m going to see if I can remember to buy some at 1 pm. These will be more space efficient than the Tovolo he uses in the video. But how will you keep them from getting encased in ice?
I have a conjoined pair of these that are okay, but the spheres always have so many air pockets that they crack and chip easily, which kinda defeats the point. Seems the air gets introduced naturally during the process of filling them through the hole at the top. Does anyone have tips on making ice cubes with them without too much air getting into the molds? Obviously not gonna get spheres the same pristine quality as those fancy metal press molds that some bars have, but it would be nice to have slightly more solid ice.
Edit: saw the video above after posting, but that’s a little more work than I’m willing to put in. Oh well.
Holy Moses on a ant hill! Couldn’t you at least spend more than 10 - 15 minutes on line at midnight to give us a chance to boot our dial-up and get on board? Now I’m forced to stay up all night to make the 8am run because I simply can’t chance your next day scraps offer. I’m gonna tell my wife it’s all your fault dammit!!
@lisameh I feel you, dog. 11pm is getting too late for my old ass. 7am is too early and 4pm is during work. If I manage to catch any of those times, I have more competition, a smaller quantity to purchase from, and less a chance of getting the item. This is like the worse thing to ever happen to me. I’m totally butthurt over it too.
Well, even a day-one VMP can’t feel the love. Right at 4pm EST I hit the magic button. Waited. Something went terribly wrong. Tried again. Something went terribly wrong. Then sold out. sad
At least it’s just like the old days of woot!
Geez, I was looking for trapezoid molds. Guess I’ll have to pass. Of course, now I’m thinking molds…kind of like penicillin, right? So…if I buy these, does that mean I don’t have to worry about getting antibiotics prescribed anymore?
@mellaine … Maybe we should all go to bed and bypass this farce on us then get up at eight and before heading off to the saw mill check and see if everybody else took this suggestion… it will be easy to determine, they will still have a glut of stuff and wished they had kept the midnight run open for at least HALF an hour.
@mediocrebot … obviously you only have a small limited supply to only give us night owls ten minutes of your time. If you don’t sell out don’t blame us late night buyers… If you do sell out then next time… BUY MORE!!
@shrike1201@Nelliel Check your orders page and make sure it did not order anyway. I did that with the gopro kit thing and it finally came up with “something went wrong” tried again and bought it. fast forward 30 seconds and get two emails saying it was ordered. cancel one.
I’m not whining. I bought some at midnight. But I’m curious as to what the rationale is for saving a much larger number for 8 am than is available at midnight?Perhaps this has been answered elsewhere and, if so, apologies.
They’re trying to get people trained to check in the morning instead of at 11pm. Probably because they want their teaser email to have some kind of relevance. It’s a waste of bandwidth right now. “Oh an email about a mystery product that I won’t know what it is until I click through to see a sold out deal. Wow, that’s totally worth it.” Especially since everyone has already checked the site and/or got one of the various social media updates about the new product.
@Felton10 Do you have any statistics on how many of those 8am buyers checked after midnight but found it was paused and they had to come back at 8am to purchase? Because those shouldn’t really count as 8am buyers.
@medz your teaser email relevance thing as a motivation doesn’t really add up, if that was the goal they could just as easily do a different kind of teaser at 4 PM EST.
@Felton10 the point is to drive traffic to the website. It’s a reminder that Meh exists, if you will, combined with a teaser of the current sale to wet your appetite. If they tell you what it is directly in the email you might not come to the site and by forcing you to come to the site to see the item they increase the chances of an impulse buy by putting the buy now button in front of you.
@AnnaB@Felton10 I would suspect that the larger block being held for 8 AM corresponds to the larger pool of customers it can be expected to attract at that time. Between the East Coast being up and about at that hour, West Coast members for whom the 12 AM time is more convenient who can arrange to be online if necessary, and people who are attracted by the email blast there should be a larger diversity in exposure.
@jbartus There is something to be said for waiting for the surprise of what is being sold that day. If I am up at 11:30 (which is most nights) I say what’s another 1/2 hour. Plus tried getting in bed at 11:00 and then when I woke up close to midnight-the urge was too strong not to good to look what was on sale at midnight. Plus if I am up at midnight don’t usually get to sleep until around 1 AM so not usually up at 8 AM for the reboot. Tough life I know-but that is what being semi retired looks like these days.
@Felton10 no offense but the change here wasn’t really targeting the needs of the semiretired who have the leisure to stay up to whenever / get up whenever. People complained that they couldn’t be up until midnight due to life responsibilities like work, hence this change.
Me personally, I’m self employed and often up til 3 AM anyhow so for me it’s not a big deal either way.
@medz I think it’d make more sense not to send out the teaser email if it’s a paused deal. A good deal will sell out even if there isn’t an email. You need the teaser emails to help slower deals. If you know it’s going to sell out, then why waste an email?
@jbartus No offense taken. I agree with you completely. Everyone’s indiv situation governs whether Meh’s change benefits or hurts them. I work out of my house also and my work is seasonal (am a CPA) so there are times I stay up very late working basically to meet tax deadlines and less interruptions late at night. Even so-being on the east coast-still going to the website at midnight fits my lifestyle the best, but the options being able to buy an item the next day and not having it sold out is a nice tip of the hat to us east coast buyers.
@shrike1201 I strongly suspect that quantity dictates the pause. Among other reasons, it’s the simplest way to get it done.
You could certainly make it more complex. How about if only X orders per minute are allowed, so the pause resets every minute? (If I thought there were the slightest chance Meh would do this, I wouldn’t dare write it in the forum, lest I risk becoming a goat.)
So I hit the buy button at exactly 4 o’clock then I go to pay for it and the status bar goes over and over and over and says something goes terribly wrong and that I keep on refreshing and doing it three different times still no luck
Me too. Signed in and started refreshing the screen at 3:57, hit the button as soon as it was available and got the never-ending status bar, until the terribly wrong screen, then no dice, sold out. So much for some being held back for VMP Members. Won’t bother with that again.
@hmclynch87 I have 2 death star ones and they work great for ice. Just make sure you have no water in between the seams because water expands when it freezes and that would make the think spread apart thus causing leakage. The death star ones had a little tab you had to line-up. Again, if that wasn’t lined-up correctly, you can expect leaks.
This looks like a good round ice mold, but I am worried that the sphere is not as perfect as the photo. You will have to cut some of the excess ice formed between the molds and may run the spheres under some cool running water to improve shape.