tgentry wrote:Just my 2 cents.
I think what's in context here is that initial level of excitement and exclusiveness. When you first got something, it was all new, fresh, and ... well, special.
As time goes on and you get more of that particular something, the amount that such means to you now is diluted. Proportionally, one out of one means a lot more than one out of three, or one out of thirty. So with every additional one you get later, that amount of exclusivity diminishes. The first one meant 100% to you ... the 50th one meant 2%.
Naturally, different folks have different approaches to such aspects. Some care for the whole story, some can't even look past the cover. Some treat their stuff with respect, some treat their stuff as consumables. Some look at shirts for their design, some look at them because it's a shirt.
For me, Woot shirts have never been a "need"; I've got more than enough shirts that I could go for well over a year without wearing the same shirt twice ... and that's just my Animaniacs collection. So all of my Woot shirts are because of "wants". That applied to Dragonly Love back then, just as it applied to Release the Cuddlin' last week and Misfortune on Monday.
Could something upset that down the line? Perhaps. But I don't foresee that day, as long as Woot shirts stay Made in the USA. Even if costs increase and I have to pay more for that. Yes, it matters.
(That, BTW, is often why I reason my way to NOT buy shirts at Threadless, DBH, Goodjoe, TeeFury, or at many retail places these days.)