Wow, the Groupon hate is very strong in this deal, which… I kind of enjoy for whatever reason. Groupon has, I feel, taken the Wootly path of self-destruction. They used to have focus, and at least how I knew Groupon, that focus used to be more on local businesses and the like*. Now I'm getting all these emails which, honestly, read like a shitty version of Woot. Which, we all know, is now a shitty version of Meh. It's just lumps of shit that are barely discounted… frankly, it's just spam. It reads like every other piece of spammy shit in my spambox. So I don't know, I don't know what happened with Groupon. What I do know is they don't have any sock puppets. Hell, they don't even have any dumb monkeys.
* Even then, Groupon seemingly used some fairly nasty tactics. From what I know from small businesses that Grouponed themselves into the hole, they effectively set all the terms (by denying deals that weren't 'good enough'), and… I don't know, I just always got the sense that business owners had to be really careful, and really know what they were getting themselves into. Also, no earthworm dances.
@brhfl Amazon in the past few years has become just as bad or worse. I constantly find shit in Walmart/Meijer/Krogers and even Starbuck shit in Speedway that is about 50% of what Amazon sells it for. Then you have Woot which most of the time is 5-10% off Amazon( yes I know same company now ) but still higher than stores. Meh has a point, which in my mind if online businesses keep this up, B&B stores will make a return due to Egreed.
@Outofmymind Amazon is weird, especially when they don't always make it easy to determine who the seller is — sometimes it's just a super greedy seller who happens to be in the fulfillment program, so it's basically transparent and appears as though Amazon is the one trying to trade you goods for your firstborn. Sometimes it's just the magic algorithm doing its terribly wrong magic. Not to come off defensive of Amazon, I just find it all very fascinating… Shopping there is as much for the entertainment value as anything else these days. Now they're being grosser and grosser about the benefits of Prime… it used to just be that you were paying for impatience… now some products (groceries, I've noticed) are only for sale for the listed price to Prime members, sales start earlier for Prime members (and this has moved past the mothership — I've seen MyHabit sales start early for Amazon prime members… I'm sure this is coming to Woot if it hasn't already), they had their weird diaper rollout which I believe was exclusive to Prime, things like Echo that nobody wants but only Prime members get for now… Amazon is kind of a dirty, dirty dick… But again… oh, so fascinating…
I'm intrigued. I've seen the name groupon before, but thought it was a site where you swapped coupons. Now I'm checking them out. (Also, I'd never heard of woot either before I was steered a little while ago to meh for an advertised deal. I'm that in the dark!)
@YahSah15@Kerig3 I didn't know woot, either, until I came here maybe 4 months ago. Judging from the bazillion references here, I guess I saved myself from many hours of communal wit and fun in the late 2000's. Whew.
... a site I do not frequent but which is based in my town from which peeps I know at local start-ups poach employees but that doesn't generally end well as far as I hear because they tend to promise more than they can deliver so there you go at least we have an amazing restaurant scene and some glorious breweries even if the weather is soul-freezingly terrible atm, riiiiight?