wooting surprises

Well I got hosed by Woot, but they taught me a valuable lesson: the excitement and anticipation of getting a gift is the best part, and giving a gift is more valuable than receiving one. Those who frequent the deal-a-day website know the tradition accompanying the coveted “bags of crap” – the website’s servers are overloaded within moments of midnight as thousands of people eagerly try to purchase the $0.99 “mystery bags.” There’s a hint of lottery to it: you don’t know what you’re buying but you’re hoping it’s worth more than the dollar plus shipping.

The BoC (Bag of Crap, Bandolier of Carrots, Bundle of Coats, etc.) commandments, as Woot elaborates, are as follows:

  1. Thou shalt expect nothing beyond ONE bag of some kind and THREE crappy items.
  2. Thou shalt not whine and complain when some people’s crap turns out to be nicer than yours.
  3. Thou shalt take a moment to consider whether you might be better off just not buying this crap.
  4. Thou shalt not expect better crap just because things are different this time. Crap is crap.
  5. To paraphrase Stephen Stills, shalt thou not get the crap you want, want the crap you get.

Well, on Christmas eve, I managed to buy three BoC’s thanks to the speedy Internet Explorer 9 beta (yes, IE can be good for something). I was elated, dreaming of castoff MP3 players or GPS devices or even secondhand TVs. Yes, some people have gotten some genuinely valuable stuff in these purchases, but let’s not forget the second BoC commandment. It’s all luck of the draw.

So this is what I got:

Yes, that’s: four “Fact or Crap” 2010 desktop calendars, a set of three mini “Aqua Globes,” three different flavored “Bacon Salt” seasonings, a pink sequined purse, and a McGladrey PGA golf bag. Terrible…just like they promised. Yet I still hoped for more, which was my own fault. But it was fun until it was delivered, and my lady will undoubtedly love the purse. For those of you who are gifted the 2010 desk calendars, I apologize in advance.

Yamahapilot describes how time has changed the BoC tradition over on Woot’s forums:

Seems the BOCs were stuff they had up for purchase before, or at least some cool odds & ends. Now it feels like dollar store, (truly) crappy fodder they got specifically to fill out BOCs, HS musical clocks, 2010 calenders, sequin purses; none of this stuff was EVER offered as ‘for purchase’ items on woot!
I concur that I’ll still be a wooter and I’ll always love woot! but the Bag of Coal’s are no longer something I rue not getting.

Yes, I’ll still try to buy the next one I can, because the experience is worth it. Thanks for the happy memories and the crappy, crappy products, Woot.

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