How does Woot Work?


I love a good deal on home goods and don't always want to wait for Black Friday. I had heard of Woot, but not having checked it out, wondered how does Woot work. Here's what I figured out after digging in: Woot has been owned by Amazon since 2010 & offers home & electronics products anywhere from 30-80% off. Amazon Prime members get free standard shipping & you can log in with your Amazon account. They also have a daily deal with a super discount, and occasionally offer site-wide events like Woot-Offs. But there's a lot more to know about Woot, how long Amazon has owned them, and how they work. So in this article, we're taking a look at the Woot website. We'll examine why you might want to shop there, how Amazon works with it, and how they get those great deals. Ultimately, we're answering the question of how does Woot work? Let's get started!

What is Amazon's Woot?

Essentially Woot offers 1 main product each day with a crazy low discount; most often (but not always) in the electronics category. Back in the pre-Amazon days, they literally only offered 1 product per day. But these days they have other products in various categories that are also discounted too. For example, on the day I wrote this post, they were featuring the Greenworks Cordless lawnmower at 50% off on their home page. CLICK HERE to see all their daily deals! They do have a few other offshoot sites in other product categories, such as Home.woot and Sport.woot. Some of their offshoot sites change from time to time as new categories get introduced or phased out. While Woot has been around since 2004, it was bought by Amazon in 2010. Since the site is owned by Amazon, you can read Amazon reviews on Woot and see Amazon star ratings. The product shipments are also handled through Amazon. And Amazon Prime members get free standard shipping. And yes, in case you were wondering, you can simply log in with your Amazon account info to purchase on Woot.

Why is Woot.com so cheap?

The average discount offered on Woot's pages and categories os anywhere from 30-80% off; crazy cheap, right? Now to be fair, they do sell some refurbished items (clearly labeled), and many are in limited quantities, so they do sell out. Woot works with all the major manufacturers to get their best deals. These could be closeout models the company wants to get rid of in advance of the new model they are releasing next month. It could also be perfectly new and working items that got returned. But you have 30 days to return most items if you wish to. You'll get a full refund minus the shipping costs they paid to get the item sent back to them. If the item is damaged or defective, they don't deduct shipping. They do have some exceptions to the return policy, so make sure and review their return policy before purchasing.

What is a Woot bag of crap?

Woot has something (literally) called a Bag of Crap (abbreviated as BOC). If you order one, you'll get a random assortment of stuff in a box.  But sometimes those boxes of crap contain laptops. Other times, junk like old batteries or just 1 shoe; so it's a total roll of the dice. They don't offer this as an option to purchase all the time, so you'll have to wait and see when the next time pops up. Of course, you can sign up for their email list to get notified, or download their app and get notifications that way too.

Does Woot sell fakes?

No, is the short answer.  But given most products are made in China by the same manufacturer's what is "fake" really? But generally speaking, they sell the brand of item it is advertised to be; they do not knowingly sell knock-offs pretending to be a name brand. If you think about it, given they are owned by Amazon, it would be incredibly dumb on their part to knowingly sell fraudulent products. Since they do sell refurbished products, it is worth noting that sometimes these items may break down sooner than a brand new item might; but that's what you get when you pay up to 80% off the suggested retail price. They do have an A+ rating with the BBB and an almost 4-star rating with ConsumerAffairs based on 85 reviews. So clearly they are doing a lot of things right, and selling fakes isn't part of their business strategy. But it is worth pointing out they do have some critics as seen on the BBB site in some of the reviews and complaints lodged. That being said, they do appear to be very diligent in responding to all complaints and doing their best to resolve them.

I also see a number of complaints that just don't make sense, such as:

  • 1 person wanted a full refund for an item he claimed was defective but he was unwilling to return the item
  • Someone wanted to buy a product but didn't buy it in time (before it sold out) and wanted the product anyway
  • Someone was mad that a friend or family member sent them an anonymous present 
Anyway, read the product descriptions carefully; especially if it's a refurbished item. Also, understand refurbished items may not last as long as a new item. But you're getting a killer deal, so take all of that into consideration. And they also offer extended warranties on electronics too.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about how Woot works?

In this article, we took a quick look at the world of Woot; an Amazon company known for rock-bottom deals on electronics, home gadgets and more. They are also known for a slightly irreverent and humorous style across their website too, rather than a totally corporate feel, which is nice. We examined what they do, how they do it and answered some of the most common questions people have about Woot. Ultimately, we answered the question of how does Woot work? Ready to check them out and see how much you can save? Here's my affiliate link (just click to go to Woot). An affiliate link doesn't cost you anything or raise the price. But the company will pay me a small commission if you purchase anything having come from my website. It's a great way to say thank you to me for introducing you to Woot, and they're happy to get a new customer, so it's a win-win-win! What's your favorite product you've bought on Woot?

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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