$14.60 a bottle, with shipping ... and not a single review to be found anywhere ...
I'm thinking what can I buy on sale from a local seller - where, when it turns out that shipping hasn't been kind to it, I can simply take it back in - that may measure up for, say, $14-17 or so?
Answer? Plenty, if I shop local sales. AND - I can talk with the seller, hear his impressions of the wine - that is, get a review ... and buy one or two bottles, plus one or two or three others.
This probably belongs in the "beta feedback" area, but here goes: the wine.woot model isn't working as well as it once did.
**The prices are not as impressive as they were, and do not inspire risk-taking.
**The vaunted "summer shipping" is only vaguely described, and when it fails, as a recent purchase of mine did, the vintner and woot go oddly incommunicado ... we'll see if I get wine, and what shape it's in, and when ... they said up to six weeks ... but who knows? As of now, there's no news after a couple of weeks.
** The wines, it seems, with increasing frequency are not reviewed online.
Woot.com is a buying "habit" ... I'm sure my few thousand a year is small potatoes, but I'm sliding out of the habit quickly and - I'm noting - rather painlessly. I check in less and less often and find myself buying very rarely of late.
And I don't think it's entirely about the redesign of the site. In fact, although the redesign isn't much to my liking, it's really not much of a factor at all.