editorkid wrote:Well, dried pasta doesn't spoil in June, July, or August, let alone September, October, or November, which were "summer shipping" months last year. Nor do properly bottled and sealed oils. (And if they aren't, w.w shouldn't be selling them.) Charcuterie is by definition preserved; no summer issues there, especially if it's shrink-wrapped as w.w's vendor always did. Balsamic vinegar has sat around in a keg in hot weather and cold for years. I don't think summer's an issue for these.
Okay, as many items as you can name that "could" be offered, I can name some that couldn't. I was trying to give the more simple answer to the question, but there is a myriad of other things to take into account. Vendor restrictions, supply/demand, importing (since you brought up the balsamic), etc.
1) Woot can't always, and won't always be able to secure the same vendors to sell products on here.
2) Said vendors often offer their products here at a discount in order to increase brand/product awareness, and after they do so, aren't willing to sell their products at a discount.
3) What holidays are in the summer? Not many. A lot of vendors are offering their products so that they can be gifted during holiday seasons or taken to holiday gatherings (Thanksgiving, X-Mas, Valentines day, Easter). Last I checked, those holidays were not in the summer.
4) Some vendors cannot afford to offer their products at such discounts multiple times throughout the year. If they did so, people would catch on and not buy from them at normal retail prices, but rather just wait for the flash sales.
I can keep going if you still don't get it...
On your specific items, Oil CAN be damaged by heat, the same way wine can. It has nothing to do with how it is sealed. The Balsamic we get here is imported. It is generally imported once a year, and is done so in time for the holidays. This is why it is typically a holiday sale item. I believe once or twice it has been offered outside of that window, but that was due to customs issues which prevented it from being imported when it was supposed to be. Charcuterie has been around here somewhere. I believe it has actually been offered in plus deals on other sites, most likely home.woot. When things get real popular they don't always stick here on the wine.woot page (ie - the endless offerings of Candy Basket candies which now mostly end up on woot or home.woot.
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