Geckotek wrote:You mean the people that buy your shirts?!?!?! I think our opinion should weigh a bit heavier. Without the customer, the designers have no reason to exist. There will always be designers looking to make a buck.
I'm the one laying down my cash and not earning a dime. To heck with the designers that are complaining because they didn't earn my money. Without the Irony shirt, this would have been another week where Woot wouldn't get my money (thought last weeks sucked too.) If the "smelly" shirt made it in the top 3 (fat chance I'm thinking), I'll be buying 2.
So far I've purchased 2 shirts in the 3 weeks I've been here (not a lot, could've been more)....and I expect to buy a lot more. But if Woot caves in more to the designers......and if stupid people keep voting for shirts that suck just because they like the designers, I might have to find another place to spend my t-shirt money.
I don't care about the rules as long as shirts I want to buy go on sale. Woot is a business, I am a customer. END OF STORY.
You seem to think that the regular designers are also regular winners. For most designers, that isn't the case. Take bluchez, for example - I don't believe he's won yet, as deserving as many of his designs have been. Designers are customers too, with the bonus of knowing the rules of the derby. When they see something unfair, they call it out. The regular designers don't complain because they didn't win - that would be ridiculous. We all just want a fair competition.
Even if Woot had left the Irony shirt rejected, they would still have made money. If you go by votes, perhaps they might have made a little less - but you can't really tell, since a good deal of buyers don't actually go to vote (evidence: vote totals rarely exceed 1000, and in this derby they probably didn't even exceed 600, but shirts still sell upwards of 2000).
The opinion of the designers is extremely, extremely important. Why do you think Woot upped the prize money to $1000? They want to attract new talent! But when the rules are twisted and broken, that only serves to alienate designers and drive them away. In the long-run, woot makes LESS money, because those great designs are no longer being submitted to Woot. Instead, they're going to Threadless, Design By Humans, etc.
You may not care about the rules, but the designers (who, again, are ALSO CUSTOMERS) care a lot. And if the designers get fed up, they'll leave. And that's just not good business.