Cheapskate Marathon at www.WTSO.com
September 19th, 2017, 7AM – 11:59PM EST
Products & Pricing:
Deals featured between $8.99 and $19.99 only.
Free shipping on 4 or more of the same bottle.
Norm Roby’s Quick Guide to www.wtso.com
Type: Flash Sale
Discounts: Deep, 40-60%
Specialty: Tuscany, Spain, CA
Pros: Free shipping on the minimum amount, usually 4 bottles, sometimes 2.
Good email confirmation & tracking system.
Great range of wines. Delivery to West Coast is slow but wines are well-packed.
Very good track record and many long-term customers.
Cons: NSFW alert. You really have to be be attentive and tuned in for alerts throughout the day which might create problems in an office setting.
Also, early daily start time favors East Coast followers
Offers an occasional wine that is too old and sometimes of dubious provenance
A few too many private CA labels
- Rating: ★★★★
The Full Story
WTSO.com (Wines ‘Til Sold Out) is a major player I’ve been following and using since 2012. The concept is based on a “flash-sale” model and a featured wine remains available until sold out.
Each day at least 4 wines are offered; when sales are brisk, the number could be as many as 10.
WTSO is on East Coast time, so sleepy West Coast folks could miss out on a few early specials.
After what seemed to be an off year last year, the site was upgraded and de-cluttered in early 2017
Now relying less on numerical ratings from Parker-types and cutting back on the wildly inflated commentary, the site is much improved both in terms of its design, its wine selections and its wine commentary.
A few wines have reappeared a few months after initial offering, so it is possible if you miss out the first time to benefit from a second chance. I’ve seen one Rioja show up 4 or 5 times this year.
Now for the upcoming Cheapskate Marathon
You can follow the sales online at www.wtso.com, download the app, or use your twitter account for notifications.
So, are you ready for some Flash sales? If you are a newbie at this, it can be a bit unnerving with the time pressure. But if curious, this is kind of like a crash course in flash sales. You can be a spectator or a player.
I went back over the 1,489 wine offers over the last 10 months to get a feel for what might be up for sale.
For wines under $19.99, there were a few exceptional deals, most were decent enough for drink soon wines, and there were some wines I wouldn’t want if they were given to me.
My next post will offer a list of wines I’d buy if they are offered during the Marathon.