You Can Get a 32GB iPad for $479.99 Today

It looks like Sellout.Woot.com is helping someone clear out a lot of first generation iPads in a hurry. iPad 2 coming soon, anyone? Refurbished 32GB iPads are available today for $479.99.

Woot is a site that comes out with one deal each day that only lasts as long as supplies are in stock. This deal is typically tech related though pretty much anything can and has been put on the block. In the past few years, Woot has expanded to several subdomains including Sellout, Wine, Deals, Kids, and even Shirt stores.

17 comments On You Can Get a 32GB iPad for $479.99 Today

  • Nice concept, but putting some privacy into the app would be far better; i.e. allow users to select specific folders, or only photo’s taken via the app.

  • They’re trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. And trying to change my behavior instead of enhance it.

    – If I want friends to see my pictures, I post them to Facebook.

    – If I want the world (or my “elastic network”) to see my pictures, I post them to Twitter.

    I can’t think of a reason I would want random other people near me on the street or in a restaurant to see the picture I just took. The only possible answer – bragging rights. Like “hey, I just took the best angle of that home run that 5000 of you also took!” Um, who cares?

    I also don’t need any more deal sites or coupons. I’m already bored with Groupon and LivingSocial.

    And yeah, the ability to see all of my photos on my phone is simply a no-go.

    I hate to be so negative. I am though, because I see Color as a symptom of a greater problem – it appears our industry has not learned the lessons of the past and are doomed to repeat.

    • You could have said the same thing about Facebook or Twitter when they first came out:

      -“If I want friends to see my pictures, I email them individually”

      -“If I want the world to see my pictures, I post them to my website”

      Facebook/Twitter didn’t solve a problem anyone was struggling with – they just gave easier, centralized, and more seamless ways to do things we could do already.

      Many people still do these things the old way. Many proposed “new ways” never take off. You might never use Color. 50 million people who are not you might. Nobody might. I’d say it’s too soon to tell.

      • The Facebook/Twitter examples you mention are things that people already did, but these services made easier. You can email your friends photos, but it’s quicker and easier to use Facebook. You can post photos to your website, but it’s quicker and easier to use Twitter.

        Color isn’t about making something you do already quicker and easier. It’s about getting people to do something they haven’t (AFAICT) wanted to do.

        Perhaps sending photos to strangers based on location is something people do want to do (I don’t, and I don’t know why anyone would, but OK, maybe it is) — but that has nothing at all to do with the success of Facebook or Twitter.

      • The Facebook/Twitter examples you mention are things that people already did, but these services made easier. You can email your friends photos, but it’s quicker and easier to use Facebook. You can post photos to your website, but it’s quicker and easier to use Twitter.

        Color isn’t about making something you do already quicker and easier. It’s about getting people to do something they haven’t (AFAICT) wanted to do.

        Perhaps sending photos to strangers based on location is something people do want to do (I don’t, and I don’t know why anyone would, but OK, maybe it is) — but that has nothing at all to do with the success of Facebook or Twitter.

  • I don’t think you get it.

    The only photos of mine that get shared with you are those taken when you were in the vicinity, which means you would have been able to see said “shenanigans” with your own eyes. And nothing forces me to always use Color when taking photos. I’d only use it exactly when I want to share photos with the people around me also sharing photos.

    • In my testing that doesn’t seem to be accurate. Photos taken one one device far away from another device (with color, in their own group) are available as a group to join on the 2nd device once the two devices are brought into proximity.

    • It’s ALL your pictures on your phone, not only those you took now.

    • It’s ALL your pictures on your phone, not only those you took now.

    • If there really are “shenanigans” going down, wouldn’t people save a copy (by taking a screenshot, if nothing else) and post it on Facebook/Twitter anyway? You can’t limit the spread of digital photos.

    • If there really are “shenanigans” going down, wouldn’t people save a copy (by taking a screenshot, if nothing else) and post it on Facebook/Twitter anyway? You can’t limit the spread of digital photos.

  • Seeing is one thing, and can be excited. Can pictures be downloaded, like in saved from other users phones?

  • Seeing is one thing, and can be excited. Can pictures be downloaded, like in saved from other users phones?

  • The basic idea of color.com is cool – bringing people together in a spontaneous and fun way, based on a common experience (e.g. a local event) – just the execution is really, really poor. And from what Bill plans as an “enhancement”, things will get even worse.

    So, sorry to say, but the money for the color.com domain alone would have been enough as an investment to push this experiment out in the wild.

    There are other local social mobile apps like the stealth startup http://doimpromptu.com that take on a similar goal (“get together with friends and awesome others around you.”), but do a better job with less money: immediately after registration you’re starting with the full experience of checkins and events of your friends AND your friends of friends AND other event attendees – this never leaves you lonely and gives you enough interesting strangers to follow and expand your “real life social network”.

    Quite similar to color.com DoImpromptu learns over time with whom you’re usually hanging around, but also shows you people that visit the same events and locations as you do and that you’ve never been talking to before.

    And that’s where the user experience becomes really cool: seeing WHO is with you in the same location (not just a nameless pic), knowing WHERE and with WHOM else they usually go out, and where you can potentially MEET them again. That’s enough information to decide if you’re interested to get in touch with this person in “real life”.

    I’m looking forward to see who finally gets “local social mobile” right…

  • The basic idea of color.com is cool – bringing people together in a spontaneous and fun way, based on a common experience (e.g. a local event) – just the execution is really, really poor. And from what Bill plans as an “enhancement”, things will get even worse.

    So, sorry to say, but the money for the color.com domain alone would have been enough as an investment to push this experiment out in the wild.

    There are other local social mobile apps like the stealth startup http://doimpromptu.com that take on a similar goal (“get together with friends and awesome others around you.”), but do a better job with less money: immediately after registration you’re starting with the full experience of checkins and events of your friends AND your friends of friends AND other event attendees – this never leaves you lonely and gives you enough interesting strangers to follow and expand your “real life social network”.

    Quite similar to color.com DoImpromptu learns over time with whom you’re usually hanging around, but also shows you people that visit the same events and locations as you do and that you’ve never been talking to before.

    And that’s where the user experience becomes really cool: seeing WHO is with you in the same location (not just a nameless pic), knowing WHERE and with WHOM else they usually go out, and where you can potentially MEET them again. That’s enough information to decide if you’re interested to get in touch with this person in “real life”.

    I’m looking forward to see who finally gets “local social mobile” right…

  • I couldn’t agree more with you. Some of the scenarios I’ve read where Color “adds value” aren’t just creepy, they are plain wrong.

    If people start using Color (and therefore their phones) in restaurants then that ruins my experience. Have we reached a point yet where enough is enough in terms of gadget-augmented-life?

    Anyway, great article, I’ve just linked to you from my post on this very subject!

  • I couldn’t agree more with you. Some of the scenarios I’ve read where Color “adds value” aren’t just creepy, they are plain wrong.

    If people start using Color (and therefore their phones) in restaurants then that ruins my experience. Have we reached a point yet where enough is enough in terms of gadget-augmented-life?

    Anyway, great article, I’ve just linked to you from my post on this very subject!

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