I’ve mentioned Woot , a one-item-a-day online sale place that recently was bought by Amazon.
I’ve mentioned the Wootoffs, which occur every few weeks and last two days with items being put up every few minutes until they sell out.
Somewhere in the Wootoff will appear “Random Crap .” It always costs $3 and $5 for shipping (everything at Woot costs $5 to ship, whether you buy one or the maximum, three).
These items excite Wooters like nothing else, because of stories – perhaps apocryphal – that, occasionally, winners have gotten laptops and Blu-Ray players.
Invariably, when one of these is posted, Woot’s servers get hit so hard that they can’t take it and stop responding. The window of time is perhaps five minutes, but if you don’t get in on the first try, you’re not going to get in. Refreshing your browser won’t help.
I got in before the servers crashed last time.
Yesterday, my box arrived. I thought I would share what was in it:
Two 2010 “Would You Rather” desk calendars. (In July. More than 50 percent of the year is gone. Thanks a lot. Anyone want one?)
Two “High School Musical” alarm clocks. (Already given away.)
One “Pirates of the Caribbean” case for some kind of child’s electronic device. (If you want it, you may have it.)
One of Woot’s trademark screaming monkeys. Not this one , but close.
But there in the bottom of the box was a Diamond TV Wonder 650  television tuner card for a computer. Currently selling for $33 and up on Amazon and for less (so far) on eBay.
It's four years old. I paid eight dollars total. I’m not going to complain.
I bet next time I get a laptop.