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header_logoHave you heard of Woot? Lots of people have and lots haven’t. The concept is this: get a bunch of  cool merchandise and sell it at a great price for 24 hours or until the stock runs out. Everyday, add a new item and do it over and over again.

There are some amazing deals to be had through this site. For me, the problem is that I often forget to check the site everyday. It only takes a second and you never know when that must-have item is going to come up and you’ll finally be able to afford it! In trying to find some way to track W00t better, like a Google widget or desktop app, I stumbled across Wootalyzer. But beware, it is free, it is incredibly easy to use AND it tracks far more than W00t’s one day sales. There are other sites that do the same sort of thing – every day!

Let’s get started with Wootalyzer before I get into these other sites. Here’s how it’s done. Go on over and download the Wootalyzer installer. Install is a snap with an ordinary one-click type install. Here’s how it gets weird. It’s even easier to use than it is to install.

Once it’s installed you are presented with all the documentation that you will need to use this application effectively. I’m serious – take a look!


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That’s all there is to it! Really, how else could I say that?

Next, you are given the option to choose basic user mode or a power-mode that people who have shopped the one-day-sale sites would find more useful perhaps. I wouldn’t know, since I don’t use them that often. That’s the point of getting the program.


I do know what a woot-off is, however I don’t know what a BOC is and I can only guess that they use the word monkey to mean something other than a real monkey. So I went with the regular mode.


Okay, so that’s a pretty sweet deal at W00t!. I don’t really need a recording studio (or do I?) so I’ll pass on that one. However, this shows you how the thing works. Clicking on the View Item button takes you to the page that has all the details about the equipment. The field that reads In Stock tells you whether they have more of the item or not. As you can see there are still some of these in stock. Clicking on the Buy Item button takes you directly to that item’s checkout page so you can seal the deal. The clock looking area is just that – a countdown clock to let you know how long the deal is valid for.

What I think is amazing is the button that reads Woot! When I clicked on it, my shopping universe expanded!


Did you see that? Under the General/Tech category there are all these other sites with timed deals as well! You should recognize at least 3 or 4 of them, such as eBay, Amazon,, and Newegg. I went through and each one has a pretty decent deal on it. Maybe not something I need right now, but I’ll keep checking!

Under Other there are two categories that could really get me into trouble. One is DiamondShark and the other is ChronoShark. As you might guess, the former is for jewelry and the latter is for watches. I like to buy my wife jewelry and I have an unhealthy obsession with watches. Check this out:


See that? A Lucien Picard watch that retails elsewhere for around $900. Is it a knock off? I don’t know. But it would be worth checking out.

With Wootalyzer, you can set alarms with sound for different items, so you know when a new item is on, or when it’s about to run out. This is just a shopaholic’s dream.

At first I thought Wootalyzer would help me to save money, but if I keep spending on all these other great sites as well, it’s a less-than-zero sum game. I’m sure I would overspend. That doesn’t mean you will. You probably have a stronger will than I do. Or will you succumb to the world of low-priced products as well?


  1. doingsoso
    November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I;ve been using this program for a couple of years now. It's great!

  2. Tom Rod
    November 11, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Howdy! I worked at woot! for awhile before grad school. BOC is exactly what they described before. The big things are fairly rare in terms of how many BOC are actually sold, but there is something big like that on every BOC day.

    Monkeys are exactly that. A little monkey doll, rhesus I believe, that comes with a cape and stretchable arms that "flies" and screams. It was probably my second favorite item they ever sold, second only to the cheap styrofoam taiwanese RC airplanes.

    They sell all kinds of things with the woot! off, and one is likely to get a bunch of old Sansa clips as they are to get a 65" Olevia TV (freaking amazing they are), especially around Christmas when things get busy.

    BOC's are what they are tho. You may very well get a vacuum cleaner that's broken, mislabeled Mary Kay products, or a busted Disney Princesses clock that retails for $30 but wholesales for $5.


  3. Wolf
    November 10, 2009 at 9:54 am

    A WootOff is when they do multiple deals of the day, usually items that hadn't sold out recently. The deals have a time limit, like say an hour, and they will run till that time is up or it is sold out. You can spend your entire day glued to your computer with a WootOff wondering what the next item will be!

  4. Marcelle
    November 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I have a great big smail on face reading this. I will definitely try this and spread the word to my 3 sisters and my girlfriends. Sweet!

  5. Scooter
    November 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    This a terrific tool! I've been manually going to several of the "deal-o-the-day" sites. This will speed up the process. Just wish it let you add other sites. Some others I like are , and

  6. djangelic
    November 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    hahah a boc is a bag of crap, which usually for 5 bucks will give you all kinds of suprises (one person got a 42 inch tv, another a video projector!) unfortunately everyone goes crazy when trying to buy one and it usually crashes the site, so this program is great in that it allows you to go straight to the purchase page for the bag of crap (lol or any other name you can give it bag of crap, bandoleer of carrots, anything that starts with boc) lol

    • Guy McDowell
      November 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

      There you go! I learned something today!

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