A bit rich for my blood. Well, that is, I am stumbling into my seventh decade of what passes for a life, yet, I'm not ready to have my wife kill me over the purchase of a bottle of vinegar. ;)
So, going out on a limb and assuming that no one will take pity on me and send me one gratis, for my health, so to speak, I offer up a modest proposal to The Chief Woot:
How about something for those of us of modest means who nevertheless do enjoy a spot of flavor on occasion?
What I am thinking of is the sale of some HP Sauce (Canadian or U.K. provenance, NOT the "domestic blend" by L&P which is NOT the same thing at all, and, costs quite a bit more, in my experience).
As I get older (and have become more rural), I find it harder and harder to find friends visiting CA or UK, and prevailing upon them to "bring me back just a FEW bottles" -- and, likewise, as Woot has put a serious crimp on my Ebay purchases, it's been a LONG time since I've made any purchases from Canadian sellers, and thus had opportunity to plead with them to toss a few bottles (and the cost) into the box before sending it down here to the states. (Ah, the joys of opening a big crate and finding a large format view camera AND a few bottles of HP Sauce!)
If, by some surreal set of circumstances, this beg-a-thon DOES gain some traction at Planet Woot, then I would 'humbly plead for the sale to either be restricted to -- or, include -- the "traditional" (AKA "normal" or "plain") HP Sauce (rather than "Spicy" or "Fruity" or "Bold" or any of the other "HP-come-lately" varieties.
For those of you who live in Canada, and bemoan your ongoing inability to purchase from Woot... enjoy your revenge. We in the states are unable to enjoy the ready supply of this bottle of flavor which you undoubtedly take for granted, what with it being in every supermarket (at modest prices!) and on nearly every restaurant table (at least as common as ketchup is in this country).
And for those of you wondering "just what the bleepin' hell IS this 'HP Sauce' of which he speaks?" I'll simply suggest that you scour the "specialty" shelves of your local grocery stores -- you MAY be able to find a bottle imported from the U.K.
for the past year or two I've seen them on occasion -- perhaps L&P no longer has the USA franchise? If so, good riddance! They certainly didn't MARKET the product with any serious result -- instead of USABLE sized bottles, at REASONABLE prices, they sold it in TINY bottles with HIGH prices -- and, to my palate, it seemed too sweet, with less flavor.
Imagine only being able to find ketchup in tiny bottles at several dollars per -- and having the product being too sweet with less flavor.
(Ketchup DOES have its place -- it's indispensible on french fries, for example.)
And, if anyhone tells you, "Aw, what's the big deal, just get a bottle of A1 sauce" then ask them if they'd consider (if a wine drinker) giving up their favorite varieties and instead "just pick up a few bottles of Ripple" (or Twist or Boon's Farm or some other [I'll leave the adjectives up to your imagination].
There is NOTHING like real HP on vzrious foods. I find it hard to eat eggs without HP. Of course, it's only been about 40 years since I discovered it (visiting British friends living in Toronto), so it's probably just a passing fad with me.
I'm sure the Buyer(s) at Woot CAN find a deal on a consignment of HP Sauce if they keep their eyes open. Hopefully they will, some day soon.
(If you do, please promote it on the main site LOUDLY ;) I don't check here very often. I used to enjoy a nice glass of wine on occasion, but my body can no longer tolerate any alcohol at all (spinal damage which causes near-instant migraines upon the ingestion of any adult beverage.)