aandrew667 wrote:I think the answer to that is fairly obvious. If Someone in california checks woot at 9 am and the product is already sold out, there was not anywhere near enough product for the offering. I realize that it's always a guess as to how something will sell, but you would think by now you could be closer than that. In addition, if that does happen, there should be be backup offering put up with a short time after sellout. That's just my opinion, of course, and as you say maybe there are people that love to see "sold out" when they first get a chance to check woot in the morning. To me that makes little sense.
If you are waiting until 9am PST then either check earlier or check at 10pm before you go to bed. Us ESTers don't have that luxury because if we want first crack at something we have to stay up until 1am.
Coming from a business perspective, quantities are often dictated by supplies, not necessary by how much woot thinks will sell. Many of the offerings here are from very small producers so there just isn't significant quantities to allocate to woot (especially considering the discount they would have to give).
Then there are offerings like today's where woot probably thought it would last much longer. They sold 400 of these less than a month ago so they probably figured that the demand for more than 1,200 of them likely wouldn't cause that quick of a sellout, not to mention, the vendor probably couldn't provide them very many more due to production capabilities.
I agree that having a backup, or second item would be a good idea, but I fully understand why there is not one. Most of the time these offers are scheduled and set well in advance and the wineries know exactly when their item is going to be listed and therefore they set time aside where they can participate in an offering. That would be very hard to do if a second offer was put up after a sellout (which is why we rarely see winery/vendor participation during a woot-off). Not to mention, Wine.woot/WCC isn't really a wine warehouse and they don't have stuff just sitting around to offer and ship. A typical item is sold here, then the winery ships whatever the sold quantity is to WCC who ships it out to us, or the winery ships it themselves. This is a very different business model them most other sides, as wine.woot is not a wholesale distributer by nature.
Along with that same point, I'm sure that part of the sales pitch to have wineries on here at such good discounts is that they will have their own day in glory, devoted only to them, and will not be shared with some other winery, which by nature may be a competitor of theirs. And no one wants to come on here and be winery after the sellout, 2nd fiddle. Not to mention that a lot of people check the site in the morning, decide to purchase or not to purchases and then are done for the day and would never see a second offer.
Sorry, that was much longer than I meant it to be, but it is better than working.
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