mllemeranii wrote:I hear you on that, but still. Mass produced. I find that even more iffy than something similar to another dedicated shirt site.
On the other hand, mass produced also means "simple idea". It is rare that a mass produced piece ever was based on a totally awesome, unique concept. It's normally branding and simplicity that doesn't challenge the masses. Since woot has an even simpler base than even hot topic has, it's unsurprising they'd select shirt art for similar reasons.
Also, I personally ignore mass-produced tees. I take note of product tees (bands, retro memorabilia, etc) because they tell me where they fit. I take note of tee shop shirts, like woot or threadless or the like, because they're a collection. But when it comes to generic grunge apcray, or unfunny graphics and slogans, or brands, they all blur to me. It's not to say the two aren't similar, but is to say that there's so much uninteresting clothing out there that it blurs out and fades away. Mass produced by and large becomes all the more forgettable. It's like when you hear a song on the radio that you know, but can't remember the artist or title.
Finally, one depressing truth about woot is that it's rare that an "analog" shirt has ever gotten a tee rejected for "similar shirts". While it's true that derbies and dailies have different rules (for which I am largely grateful), lack of concern for similar shirts not for sale through a website has long been in the woot MO.
That all said, I think we can all agree that this would have been way better if it was Free Kittens