Narfcake wrote:No - the bean counters.
You do know that Woot was bought out a couple years ago, right?
And Unions are the reason you can't eat Twinkies right now.
Woot made a choice. It may have been forced by Amazon's slow march to corporate profit domination, but that was still a choice. If small time shops with less than one percent of Woot's daily profit can continue offering AA (and many do) so could woot, with their bulk purchases.
I have no doubt that someone high up made the switch, but I would highly caution against using language that seems like it was financially the only option. Someone at the top would be making less of a killing with AA. No one would be let go, no bankruptcy would be threatened, unless that higher-up insisted that his (or, to be fair, her) already significantly higher pay needed to remain at a certain rate at the expense of the workers or site.
That being noted, it HAS been nearly a year. That much is true: in terms of warning, woot couldn't really be expected to keep a "new blanks" post on their site THAT long. Basically everyone is unhappy with the decision, but at this point, woot's transparency in having new blanks is one of the few things you -can't- call them out on.
***It's also worth noting that, while Woot certainly has more sites than makes any logical sense, Wine existed before Shirt did, or at least rolled out around the same time. Sellout has existed for similar time, simply outside the main site. And Deals and I'm pretty sure kids.woots were all in existence before Amazon took over. Pointless expansion has long been in the woot DNA.