Wootoberfest! Amazon Woot‘s big sale happens every year in mid-October. You could find savings of up to 80% on refurbished items, open-box merch, and even some unused items.
In 2023, the event had been expanded to run from Oct. 8 – 14, a whole week instead of just four days. It also coincided with Prime Big Deal Days aka October Prime Day (which happened Oct. 10 and 11).
While the sale is over for 2023, we recorded our findings and anticipate major discounts on Apple tech, Amazon devices, and products from Bissel, Shark, Ray-Ban, Coach, and more in 2024. There may even be a chance to score the crazy popular Woot Crap Bags. That said, here’s everything you need to know about Wootoberfest and how to score the best deals before they sell out.
The Best Wootoberfest Deals We Saw in 2023
We expect similar deals to return in 2024.
In its second year, Wootober is an annual sale that coincides with October Prime Day.
The first-ever Wootoberfest ran Oct. 10 – 13, 2022, and included deals on name-brand goods, games, and Prime member-exclusive sales. After the success of Wootoberfest’s maiden voyage, the event is making a comeback in 2023. Shoppers can look forward to new deals every day on categories like tech, home goods, grocery, apparel, and sports and fitness.
There are also going to be insane savings on a much wider variety of name-brand products this year. There will be discounts on brands like Coach, Oakley, allbirds, Dr. Martens, Cuisinart, and even lululemon. And as we mentioned earlier, there’s gonna be deals on all sorts of Apple tech, including iPads, MacBooks, and accessories. While Woot is known for their refurbished tech, the deals will also include open-box and unused items.
Do you have to be an Amazon Prime Member to shop Wootoberfest deals?
Since Woot is owned by Amazon, it makes sense that there are so many perks for Prime members. There was even a Woot Prime Appreciation Week in April. That said, you don’t need to be a Prime member in order to participate in the event as a whole. While you can expect Prime member-exclusive deals during the sales event, there will be plenty of discounts available to all shoppers.
If you have a Prime account, you’ll want to link it though. Aside from the exclusive deals, Prime members also get free shipping on all their purchases. If you don’t have Prime, you’ll pay $6 for shipping instead.
How to Score the Best Deals
The best Woot deals sell out fast, sometimes in a matter of minutes. And once something sells out, there are no restocks. In a world of Woot or be Wooted, you’ve gotta move quickly. Here are my top tips.
1. Check the schedule and set an alarm.
Luckily, Woot posts a schedule of events before the sale begins. Last year there was a brief outline of what to expect as well as start dates and times. The explanations were rather bare-bones (e.g., “Our Woot-Off will have 15 hours of deals, discounts, and damage to your wallets. Starts at 7 a.m. CT.”) so brush up on Woot lingo beforehand. For events that you consider can’t-miss, set an alarm.
2. Log in a few minutes before the event starts in case the site gets overloaded.
Woot’s site is notorious for running slowly or not at all when in-demand items drop. To combat these delays, try to log in using your Amazon account at least five to 10 minutes early. The early Wooter gets the deal, so even if the site takes forever to load, you’ll still be ahead of other folks who didn’t plan ahead.
3. Get familiar with the site’s categorization system ahead of time.
Items can sell out in the time it takes to sift through the categorization system. Save precious time by brushing up on the site’s layout beforehand.
Woot has a lot of neat things … except a way to internally search the site using keywords. If you’re looking for a specific product, like an iPad, you can’t just search for the term “iPad.” Instead, you have to navigate using the drop-down menus. The only problem? The drop-down menus aren’t the most intuitive.
For example, there are often 200+ pages to look through in the “All Deals” tab, so you have to check out more specific categories. However, there are two categories that seem to have some overlap: electronics and computers. It can get a little confusing if you’re looking for something like a tablet that can fit in either category. (Tablets are sorted as computers, not electronics, FYI.)
4. Double-check your default shipping address and payment methods on Amazon ahead of time.
Things can sell out in the time it takes to enter all your info. Make sure your default shipping and payment info is accurate well before the event you’re gunning for starts. I’ve found that when using Amazon Pay through Woot, it initially only shows my default settings. You can change to any of the other saved addresses and payment methods on your account, but that takes time.