sasham62 wrote:Earlysong: "Immoral"? Really? What harm would come to the world at large if I voted for a T-shirt I didn't like? (Not that I would do that if I could, but what harm would come?)
The harm is that you are denying better work a payout. That IS INDEED IMMORAL if you are instead giving the payout to your brother, cousin, or some six year old. This is why most sweepstakes promotions deny employees and family from winning. This is why payola and nepotism are looked down upon. If you are rewarding people for WHO THEY ARE and not WHAT THEY DO, you are disrespectful and if not immoral, certainly a scumbag.
Woot *is* running a fair contest as long as the design that gets the most votes wins. And let's not forget that the purpose of the contest is to choose a shirt that woot will sell. It's in woot's best interest to let the voting fall where it may, because when people vote for a shirt they would buy, that *is* how they will make money.
Nothing says any of these votes are "fair," though.
1000 people could vote, and not a one could buy. Sure, the shirt could still sell out, because again, even Nevermore has barely scratched 1% of woot's customer base. ANY shirt has the potential to sell out if the right people check in at the right time. But nothing says it was fair. Perhaps fourth would have sold out faster, and sold more. Doubletake derbies have CONSISTENTLY proven this. At least once a doubletake, some EC outsells a voted-in print. In august, five shirts outsold third place, and at least three outsold second. Zombie Vampire Whatever from Space not only outsold second and third from the last do-over, but second and third from its original derby. In woot's second do-over, there were two weeks of designs. Half of them outsold second place, and designs selected with under 100 votes came within 100 votes of third place.
The FACT (which is proven over and over as much as you'd like to research) is that votes and sales are two different things. Woot should not just be about sales. That is base and pathetic. But even if they were, you are flat out wrong to presume voters are doing any better choosing from the derby than woot could. And if your idea of FAIR is what makes the most money (as opposed to what follows rules or puts in appropriate care and effort and thought and creativity, or wins based on quality and not external popularity boosting... who thinks that's fair???) then it is NOT fair to allow votes to be the sole dictator of what prints.