Woot! Ama­zon.com picks up Texas-based dis­count web­site

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE -

On­line re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon.com Inc. has agreed to pur­chase Texas-based deal-a-day web­site Woot.com Inc. Fi­nan­cial terms were not dis­closed.

In a joke-tinged mes­sage on the com­pany blog, Woot CEO Matt Rut­ledge said the deal won’t change how the site is run — “with a wall of ideas and a dart­board.”

“For Woot, our vi­sion re­mains the same: some­how earn­ing a liv­ing on snarky com­men­tary and junk,” Rut­ledge wrote.

Car­roll­ton-based Woot was started in 2004 as a site that sold one heav­ily dis­counted item each day — usu­ally con­sumer elec­tron­ics such as prin­ters. Over the years, Woot has added sev­eral dis­count sites, in­clud­ing one that sells wine and an­other that of­fers T-shirts.

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