Monthly Archives: July 2013

Woot.com Bag of Crap

 

Woot’s exclusive and highly elusive Bag of Crap is a very sought after item sold on woot.com.

 

A Brief and Highly Incorrect History of the Bag of Crap. To really understand the bag of crap, you would have to look at one of the primary reasons why it probably came about. Woot’s original motto and business model was “one day, one deal.” What this translates to is that Woot would offer a single item at midnight Central Time or 10 PM PST and would sell this highly discounted item until it sold out or until the next day came. The main benefit to woot was that it could spend less overhead to warehouse a large array of items that may or may not sell out. Also it put less strain on shipping items out as each day they would only have to worry about boxing up and shipping a single item instead of worrying about warehouse and shipping/packaging logistics.  So what does a company do when it only offers one item for sell a day and sometimes that item does not sell out? It can’t obviously devote an entire day to selling leftover stock that may only have a few items. To solve this issue, the Woot Off! was invented. A Woot Off! was an event where the One Day One Deal rule was put on hiatus and an item would appear with a descending status bar. As items sold the inventory bar would decrease until the item inventory was depleted and deemed sold out.  After that the next item would appear and Woot would continue to sell items that were featured in their previous sells or sometimes they would include eclectic items like Roombas, Leak Frogs, random USB items, Dyson Vacuum Cleaners, JD’s Bacon Salt, and the notorious and you’ll put your eye out Screaming Woot! Monkey. The sales would continue until they either sold out or until the Woot Off! employees tired of sleepless nights and would not put up a new item. This process could occur over the course of 1 to 4 days and would sometimes have a Bag of Crap randomly sold near the end of the last day of a Woot Off! This carrot or what some affectionately called a Bandolier of Carrots would sometimes be used as an incentive for Woot! Users to purchase items that they wouldn’t normally purchase to help move the Woot Off! along and possibly bring the Bag of Crap up for sell.  The original Bag of Crap was $1 per crappy item plus $5 shipping with the ability to purchase up to 3 crappy items bringing the total cost of a full Bag of Crap to $8. To simplify things, a Bag of Crap is now $3 + $5 shipping since everyone wants at least 3 crappy items.

 

So What is Inside a Bag of Crap? Well obviously it is filled with crap or what some people would consider junk. It may contain items that were previously sold on Woot that were not purchased. It may contain defective items received in the warehouse or items returned. It may contain ridiculous items that their purchasing team may have been able to purchase in cheap bulk for the purpose of selling the oddities in a Woot Off! or throwing into the Bag of Crap. Sometimes it may contain something good and useful, but more times than not it will probably not. For those who are curious, unboxing videos can be found on youtube or on the Woot.com forums. You can also view this unboxing video of a Bag of Crap I received in April 2013. Youtube Video Link

 

Woot also makes no promises on what is sold inside of their Bag of Crap and has actually created a set of commandments to higher or in most cases lower people’s expectations. In fact, the latest version of the Crap commandments are placed below:

 

THE HOLY CRAP COMMANDMENTS v4.0

 

  1. Thou shalt expect nothing beyond ONE bag of some kind and THREE crappy items
  2. Thou shalt probably expect not to even get a Bag o’ Crap at all. We only have enough for about 10% of the people who want them. Thou art probably in that other 90%.
  3. Thou shalt notice that “crap” is right there in the title. Thou shalt not complain when it turns out we were telling the truth.
  4. Thou wouldst probably be better off spending thine eight bucks on just about anything else.
  5. Thou shalt be assured that Woot hath upgraded its servers and code to minimize errors and crashes. But thou shalt remind thyself that even if those servers did work perfectly, it would simply mean the BoC sold out earlier.
  6. Should thou fail in thy quest for crap, congratulations. Failure is the biggest crap of all.

 

How to get a Bag of Crap. Did I mention that getting a Bag of Crap is elusive? Getting a Bag of Crap is an art form and can be very difficult. Personally, it took me 3 years before I got my first Bag of Crap. The formula is constantly changing as the rules of getting a Bag of Crap change. With this in mind I’ll list a few ways to help in getting a Bag of Crap.

 

  1. Create a woot.com account beforehand and enter in all of your credit card details.
  2. Be sure to login to your account. You may also want to click “I want one” on a previous item as sometimes woot.com will require you to verify your password. This is very important as time is precious in the pursuit of a Bag of Crap.
  3. Know when woot.com is most likely to offer a Bag of Crap. Currently it does not look like they are offering it during their traditional Woot Off! as a direct purchase item. The last 2 Bags of Crap during a Woot Off! required a crossword puzzle game and also the ability to do math puzzles to figure out the Bag of Crap URL. Other dates to keep in mind are April Fool’s Day, Christmas, and Woot.com’s birthday July 12th.

 

Barkbox June 2013 Review

It is June 19th and I received my second (Large) Barkbox for the month of June. Although this time I didn’t score a toy, this box came with 5 different items, all of them centralized around a 4th of July picnic theme. Last time my pets were spoiled with a toy, but this time it looks like I’ll get to kick back on my July birthday and give my pets a little taste of the bbq.

As usual, here is a fast list of the items I scored with a more in depth description of the products below.

  • 1 – 12 fl oz bottle of Bowser Beer in a Beefy Brown Ale flavor ($19.99 per 6 pack)
  • 1 – 1.2 oz  bag Whole Life Tail Mix Grilled Sirloin Burgers ($7 for 2 oz)
  • 1 –  2 oz bag of Puptato Chips made of Sweet Potato ($4.99 for 2 oz)
  • 1 – Butcher’s Block Bones The Champ Hickory Smoked Beef Dog Bone ($11.49 per bone)
  • 1 – Box of 7 count Dale Edgar Calm K-9 Nutri-wafers ($14.95 for 14 count)

Bowser Beer (Non-alcoholic) – Beefy Brown Ale

Bowser Beer is a beef-based drink that does not contain alcohol or carbonation. It does contain malt barley extract which you can find in your human beer, and they also added glucosamine to help with your dogs joints as an additive. Each bottle should cover a medium to large dog, but if you want to give it to a smaller dog, half a bottle should do. As far as serving this malt beverage to your canine buddy, it can be served straight from the bottle, poured over dry kibble, diluted in water, or even pour it over crushed ice as a cool treat on a hot summer day. There are two different flavors; chicken and beef. If you go through their company website you can even add a custom label to your bottles with a picture of your best friend. A normal 6-pack will run you $19.99 while a custom label six pack will cost $29.99 and is available at BowserBeer.com

Whole Life Tail Mix Grilled Sirloin Burgers

Whole Life’s Tail Mix products are actual USDA organic meats that are freeze dried to provide a concentrated tasty treat. Since they take actual meat to make these products, they are not filled with fillers, chemicals, additives, or preservatives. The treats are crunchy out of the bag but can quickly be rehydrated with warm water for older dogs that may have difficulty with harder treats.

Whole Life appears to pride themselves on their quality, food processing, and global sustainability. If it is very important to you that your dog treats are not only tasty, but come from a safe source that looks at all aspects of how their product is created, I would suggest taking a closer look at Whole Life Pet Products. I will admit that the quality comes at a price though. A 4 oz bag retails at $16.49. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about their products on their website. Whole Life Products FAQ.

Puptato Chips

The Puptato Chips are made from dried sweet potatoes. They are a very healthy snack that mimics the very unhealthy human potato chip. For me, those most intriguing thing about the Puptato Chips is that the company that makes Puptato Chips makes Cake Mix for dogs. If you go to their website, you can find chocolate (carob) cake, red velvet, banana, and peanut butter flavored cake mixes including the frosting for dogs. The dog cake mix and frosting boxes retail $6.99 and the Puptato Chips retail for $4.99. More information about the products can be found at PuppyCake.com

Butcher’s Block Bones – The Champ

The Champ is a large hickory smoked beef dog bone. This particular bone even comes with the warning that it should not be given to your dog on the carpet because of the potential of messiness and I assume smokiness could stain your carpet. The bones are 7-8″ beef shank bone slow roasted for up to 36 hours and infused with natural flavoring. They are made in the USA and come from USDA inspected beef. The bones are also harvested from cattle that are 29 months or younger to ensure that the bones do not splinter. This bone can be found on amazon.com right now for $11.49. The Champ Amazon Link

Dale Edgar Brand Calm K9 Nutri-wafers

Dale Edgar’s states that a calm dog is a content dog. These Calm K9 nutria-wafers are to help calm your dog from otherwise stressful events such as fireworks or thunderstorms. They contain Omega3, Thiamine, Magnesium Sulfate, Chamomile Extract, and Ginger to help reduce stress and anxiety in your pet. You can find more information about this product at DaleEdgarBrand.com

BirchBox Man July 2013 Review

The BirchBox Man July 2013 box was inspired by the USA television series SUITS. With that in mind, a couple of the items included in my July box were suited for my man-drobe.

Knotz Cufflinks from wurkin stiffs

The version I received were red woven cuff fasteners, known as Bow Tie Red. Luckily I love the color red and these should be a nice addition to complement my selection of red ties in my man-drobe. These cufflinks normally retail for $9.50.

Card Case from Roosevelt Supply

A slim burgundy leather card case holder from Roosevelt Supply. This particular item is a BirchBox exclusive and is made from a very soft supple quality leather. To be honest, I recently went on vacation and downsized all my typical wallet items down into a Coach 3 card slot and money clip wallet. It can be refreshing to not sit lopsided on a wallet bulge. This card case may be a little too barebones for me to get through the day, but I can use this as a business card holder or a way to hold my ID, a credit card, and maybe a room card on vacation. Slimming down for summer doesn’t have to be only for your stomach. It retails for $25 on BirchBox.com

Balla Powder (Original scent)

I have been meaning to try this product since I’ve been browsing Birchbox. Think of it as a manly baby powder to help whisk away perspiration, odor, and prevent chaffing in trouble areas, such as in the nether regions or sprinkled into your shoes. The scent had a nice musk scent to it and I am impressed with the size of this trial size. It is the perfect size to throw in a gym bag or into a travel bag. Out of the entire Birchbox, this is the product I’d most likely go back to and make a full purchase.

Styling Cream from GO247

This is a light weight hair styling cream for men. Smells fine and gets the job done. My hair is currently short/medium and coarsely styled back to front with the tips spiked. I’m slowly moving away from the stiff hair gel and moving into the creams. No flakes no problem.

Frank’s Beard Elixir by Mr. Natty

I wish I could properly review this product but I don’t have facial hair. Sorry but my wife doesn’t dig the fu man chu. I’m also not a fan of putting the smell of patchouli on my face as it reminds me too much of cheap incense. Sorry just the way it is and this product is for someone else.