So this week, Woot is selling random blanks ... on three different sites. Something strange in the neighborhood? ...
Scenario #1: Gloom and Doom!
- Shirt.woot is shutting down, and in the process of paring down inventory as the buyers might not care for such stock or the logistics thereof. If left to continue, some operational aspects will change. If dismantled, a potential buyer of the catalog is Threadless ... and that's about it.
Scenario #2: New supplier coming in ...
- We need shirts even cheaper than they are now. Nevermind our customers that have been complaining for the past year and a half, there are still plenty who haven't complained yet! Manufacturers paying their workers $13/hour? $1.25/hour? We're aiming lower!
Scenario #3: Super spotty stock showing shirt shortages.
- We have a dozen left in this one color, in one size. We have an abundance of this other color, except in one size. Selling tank tops in a side sale might not work so well come winter, so lets see what we can pawn off without doing much work other than packing them.
I was called out by a mod for assuming ... which I'm not. Did I have strong feelings on the onset? Yes, but thinking of it more, if there were behind-the-scene issues going on, there would be other indications. And running new bags is not one of those indicators.
Spotty inventory is my most plausible reason now. They've expanded the product line so much that there's probably a good amount of chaos there, and selling randoms is one such way to sort of reorganize and restore some order.
So what's your take?