ichimunki wrote:Good for them. Woot is a business. Selling more shirts makes them more money, which means they will keep on selling these shirts! If they sell fewer shirts they have to either raise prices, pay artists less, or cut some other corners to keep shirt.woot alive.
My guess is that Woot has done the math on the data they have and concluded that shirts that get a lot of votes tend to sell well. Based on what they sell on non-derby days, I wish they would print only derby designs and only those that get top votes.
As far as this design: it's one of the best in the Derby.
A few various things.
Votes don't equal sales. CMDixon's Nightlife outsold the shirt which placed above it in their Derby by more than 3 times (and 1700 sales is not shabby). Adder has done the math on how other double take derby prints sell in comparison to things (do you still have that thread somewhere, Adder?)
Woot is in no danger, unless something has drastically changed, of not selling enough shirts if they don't just print kawaii or whatever the "in thing" is. Over time they've increased, not decreased, artist payout (to the point where 3rd and 1st get the same money..time for a pay increase?) and pricing has remained static. That means that they're in no danger, and they certainly didn't have to go all kawaii to get to the last time they increased artist money. So no, just being greedy (not that they are, but that's the easiest description) is not necessary for woot to flourish.
Plus, if they do become the kawaii/reference shirt seller, there will be customers who leave or become infrequent, at best, purchasers. Without variety woot loses both customers and interest - if I am a person who doesn't want a shirt with animals with big eyes doing inappropriate things or another HHG/Dr. Who/Monty Python shirt, I might stay over at Tilteed or GoodJoe or somewhere else. Woot doesn't want that, woot wants me here.
Also, there is absolutely no guarantee that a derby winner/placer will do well (Bad Directions undersold it's vote) or that a daily will do badly (It Came Out of Nowhere, This is How I Roll).