I just heard about this today.
Wow. Just wow. I never thought this day would come. This is shaping up to be a really disappointing month.
A few words about my history with shirt.woot:
Death Stare was the very first piece of clothing I bought online. What prompted me to buy it was actually another shirt which I got for free from a web startup called SeeqPod. They gave me a free American Apparel shirt with a very nice silkscreened design for writing in and suggesting a new feature.
Before I got this free shirt, I was quite adverse to the idea of buying T-Shirts online. They seemed cheaply made, no one was upfront about which manufacturer made the shirts, and I didn't look good in any of them anyway. Then I found out that Woot only sold American Apparel shirts. I knew I would look good in the shirt, because I already had one of the exact same cut. So I bought the shirt.
And then I bought another one, and another one. 67 shirts and over $700 later, here we are. Just as a note, $700 is much, much more money than I have ever spent on clothing anywhere else. I don't have a lot of money and I couldn't care less about my pants as long as they are comfortable, and the same was true about shirts until I found shirt.woot.
I am a stocky guy with a bit of a gut. My brother is tall and skinny. American Apparel T-shirts are the only ones that we look even marginally presentable in. Good thing I have already bought 67 of these, or I would be really bummed out.
You can say 3/8 of an inch isn't that big of a deal until you're blue in the face, but that won't make it true. And I have heard from many people who I respect in these forums that the fit is entirely different. Now your blanks are just like every other crappy, poorly fitting shirt at Target. Great way to increase those profit margins while really keeping that unique Woot differentiation. Real smart move. In all seriousness though, while I like the unique designs here at shirt.woot, what kept me coming back was the high quality of the shirt itself.
I used to sing your praises to everyone who complimented my shirts, which I wore every day for two and a half years. No more. I will probably lie and say I don't know where I got the shirt, just to avoid the entire explanation. You have officially lost me as an evangelist and a customer with this unfortunate decision.
$10 was a great price. I had absolutely no problem with the $12 new shirts- I still felt like they were a good deal and was going to continue buying at the same rate. In fact, I appreciated Woot for respecting me as a consumer and being up-front about the costs of inflation, rather than sneakily changing to a different supplier. Now it turns out that you were really planning to do both all along.
Bring back American Apparel as a supplier. Charge me $18 first day, and $20 for day-olds. I WILL PAY IT. At least offer me the choice.
Or don't, and you can count on losing me as a customer forever from the Woot.com family of sites. The only reason I check woot.com, sellout.woot, home.woot, kids.woot, and wine.woot daily is because I am looking at the shirts and I think "why not click over and see if there's anything good". I really and truly do not care enough to go there on my own.
Make sure you send out a mass email if you decide to bring the American Apparel shirts back. I will have no other way of knowing since I will no longer be frequenting any of the Woot sites.