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Woot acquired by Amazon!

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  1. Xerobull

    Xerobull Salve Dicit Mater Tua
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    Seriously not cool if we have to pay sales tax here in Texas on any Amazon purchases.

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    Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot
    News by Woot! on June 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    To be uncharacteristically serious for half a nanosecond, yes, Woot has signed an agreement to be acquired by Amazon. It shouldn't change anything much for us or you after the deal closes, we just figured you’d like to know a few details. You see, when two companies meet over drinks and some light jazz and decide they'd like to get to know each other better… You know what? Our CEO said it best in his letter to us employees...

    Date: Weds, 30 June 2010
    From: Matt Rutledge (CEO – Woot.com)
    To: All Woot Employees
    Subject: Woot and Amazon

    I know I say this every time I find a picture of an adorable kitten, but please set aside 20 minutes to carefully read this entire email. Today is a big day in Woot history. This morning, I woke up to find Jeff Bezos the Mighty had seized our magic sword. Using the Arthurian model as a corporate structure was something our CFO had warned against from the very beginning, but now that’s water under the bridge. What is important is that our company is on the verge of becoming a part of the Amazon.com dynasty. And our plans for Grail.Woot are on indefinite hold.

    Over the next few days, you will probably read headlines that say “Matt Rutledge revealed to be monstrous pseudo-human creation of Jeff Bezos.” You might even see this photo making the rounds. Rest assured that these rumors have nothing to do with our final decision. We think now is the right time to join with Amazon because, quite simply, every company that becomes a subsidiary gets two free downloads until the end of July, and we very much need that new thing with Trent Reznor’s wife on our iPods.

    Other than that, we plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot – with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture. Nevertheless, don’t worry that our culture will suddenly take a leap forward and become cutting-edge. We’re still going to be the same old bottom-feeders our customers and readers have come to know and love, and each and every one of their pre-written insult macros will still be just as valid in a week, two weeks, or even next year. For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk.

    We are excited about doing this for all sorts of reasons. One, our business model is so vague that there’s no way Amazon can possibly change what it is we’re truly doing: preparing the way for the rise of the Lava Men in 2012. Also, our deal means that Jason Toon will finally be released from that Mexican jail owned by Zappos honcho Tony Hsieh. No, don’t lie, Tony, we’ve seen the paperwork. And we need a powerful ally in case Steve Jobs finally breaks down and comes after us for all our Apple jokes over the years. Don’t think of it as a buyout; think of it as NATO!

    I will go through each of the above points in more detail later, but first, let me get to the top 5 burning questions that I’m guessing many of you will have.

    TOP 5 BURNING QUESTIONS:

    Q: F1RST!!!!
    A: Okay, that’s not a question, but it is a good place to mention that our forums will still be policed by a team of moderators, as before. And also, Woot’s previous and always-in-effect privacy policy will still be just as always-in-effect, so don’t worry, there are no plans to suddenly give up or merge your forum data.

    Q: Is Snapster leaving?
    A: Are you kidding? He’s out the door about ten seconds after that check clea- that is to say, Snapster will continue as Woot.com CEO, just like before, and the rest of our staff’s not going anywhere either. Woot and all our various sites will continue to be an independently operated company full of horrible, useless products and an untalented jerkface writing staff, same as it ever was.

    Q: Will the Woot culture change?
    A: Amazon is interested in us because they recognize the value of our people, our brand, and our unique style of deep-tissue, toxin-releasing massage. And they don't want to start changing things now. Amazon's hoping our nutty Woot steez continues to grow and develop (and perhaps even rubs off on them a little). They’re not looking to have their folks come in and run Woot unless we ask them to, which incidentally you can do by turning off the bathroom lights and saying the word “Kindle” three times; a helpful Amazon employee will appear in the mirror. That said, Amazon clearly knows what they're doing in a lot of areas, so we’re geeked about the opportunities to tap into that knowledge and those resources, especially on the technology side. This is about making the Woot brand, culture, and business even stronger than it is today, and we expect that any changes will be for the better or we wouldn't bother with this endless paperwork.

    Q: Where can I get one of those vuvuzelas?
    A: Are you even paying attention?

    Several months ago, when we were all sitting on Jeff Bezos’s bumper drinking orange Mad Dog and trying not to be noticed, we heard a voice in the distance yelling “You kids better not scratch my Mercedes or I’m calling the cops!” We ran. It was later that night when Amazon came by the house and said they liked our style and also wanted to get that money we owed them for messing up the chrome. We like to think that our relationship with Amazon will continue at this level for many, many, many years to come.

    But we here at Woot are still a thoughtful company, so, at the end of the day, I watched the sunset, and its golden-hued glory made me think about two questions:

    1) Is there really a universal deity?

    2) Does such a thing preclude free will or are we humans in control of our own destiny?

    After spending a lot of time falling asleep at the library while facing the philosophy books, I determined that the concept of destiny is a construct that allows man a gentle release from facing the terror of his existence, and that a Hyundai full of twenties would pretty much offer the same benefits. And so, I ultimately said YES!

    This is definitely an emotional day for me. The feelings I’m experiencing are similar to what I felt in college on graduation day: excitement about getting a check from my folks combined with nausea from a hellacious bender the night before. I remember fondly that time when an RA turned on the lights and yelled “WHO OWNS THESE PANTS?” Except this time, the pants are a company, and the RA is you, and the sixty five hours of community service is a deal that will ensure the Woot.com experience can continue to grow for years and years and years, like a black mold behind the Gold Box. Join us, because together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son. Also, there will be six muffins waiting in the company break room, courtesy of the nice folks at Amazon.com. Welcome to the family!

    Matt Rutledge
    CEO, Woot
     
  2. SwoLy-D

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    :eek: Aw, man... I cannot believe he answered my question before I could ask it! :(
     
  3. Dave_78

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    Sold out to the man. Window dressing won't change that.
     
  4. hydrohead

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    Very clever to sell badass iPods for $100 on the day they get acquired by Amazon.

    Woot! Is about to explode. I've bought a ton of stuff off there over the last 3 years or so...
     
  5. rrj_gamz

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    i suspect some things will change, but hopefully not much...
     
  6. Lil Pun

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    I used to check it daily but the items they sold got worse and worse so I just stopped. 1saleaday.com is where I go everyday now but even their lineup is starting to fade.
     
  7. Bojangles

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    w00t! LOLOLOL
     
  8. boomboom

    boomboom I GOT 99 PROBLEMS
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    I agree with this statement...100%.
     
  9. ItsMyFault

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    Damn it... Woot was already getting bad but now it's going to go in the gutter with this...
     
  10. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko
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    I can see no good coming from this.
     
  11. ArtisGilmore

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    I must say, selling brand new iPod Nanos for $99 is a better offer than I've seen out of them for at least a year. Although to be honest, I haven't seen any other outfit selling new (not refurbished) iPods for $99.
     
  12. KaiSeR SoZe

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    They had the kindle today for $150...i would've grabbed that
     
  13. mrdave543

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    Good for them....but I rarely buy anything from them anymore...funny they are sellling the Kindle the next day.

    Used to be the first site i checked everyday (or at midnight)
     
  14. SwoLy-D

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    :( That's what SHE said.
     
  15. Hippieloser

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    I used to write for a straight-up Woot clone. One of my favorite jobs ever. If the dumb-ass owner had known the first thing about online marketing, I'd still be doing it. Learned a lot, regardless. Shame to see Woot sell out, but money talks.
     

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