paigeg wrote: Woot wants to sell shirts. Check out the "What is Shirt.Woot" if you don't recall that.
"The difference is, these aren’t somebody else’s leftovers. Woot tees feature exclusive, original designs that you can’t get anywhere else (hence the terms “exclusive” and “original”)."
"If you mean “shirts produced and sold by Woot featuring a wide variety of design styles and subject matter”, then yes, in that sense, you might call these “Woot shirts.”"
It seems as though, from the shirt woot FAQ, that woot is about more than simply selling shirts. EVERY BUSINESS WANTS TO SELL THINGS. But not every business is willing to sell junk. Woot's FAQ has plenty of places where it insists they want quality, diverse, original pieces. It is only woot's practice, and woot's ignorant voters, which lead one to the false belief that "a shirt is just a shirt" and "popularity means its good".
Not to mention dailies. If woot was only about selling shirts, you'd think they'd pick more surefire sellouts for them, wouldn't you? A daily in and of itself proves every argument of this nature wrong. Editor's choices especially. Because woot's derby editors choice pieces show a site that doesn't care so much about what will sell as what is good most of the time. And yet, they almost always lead to at least one piece which outsells the popular pieces. AND POPULARITY MEANS ITS GOOD LOLOLOLOMG.
There is no evidence that woot would not be much happier to be printing three good, decent selling shirts per derby than three horrible, huge sellers. They're too set in their ways to admit their print method is flawed, and flawed majorly. Any respectable member of this site will give you a list of ways the derby can and should be improved. But woot wants it to be better without doing anything. their lack of action is all about being stubborn, not evidence that they like where the derby is going. they just don't like the idea of having to be fair and put effort in to running a fair contest.