Friday, January 27, 2012

Goose Island Coffee --


Yes, should arrive today --



I had another idea about trying to mix it up and be fair on these limited beer releases --
What if I give people a 10 minute window to enter in a lottery on the website.
And then I go to this website http://www.random.org/integers/ and enter in the number of people we get signed up and the number of bottles we have to sell. It will give us numbers to go down the list and those people get to purchase a bottle? The reason I only want to do a 10 minute window is that I still have to go down to each name confirm or not confirm who got the beer. It is a time consuming process and I don't want to have to do it for 500 names. 


Not sure, I might do it this way -- leave comments if you like --

19 comments:

Blake said...

I personally like this idea. A 10 minute window still allows those that can't leave work to purchase a beer online and will give everyone an equal chance to register for an opportunity to buy.

It might not be perfect, but this is better than a beer selling out in 45 seconds where the person with the fastest Internet connection wins.

Anonymous said...

Seems pretty fair.

Michael Paradis said...

I'm in favor

Anonymous said...

Fine. Do it. More fair for those that can't sit and stare at the website all day.

The fairest thing would be to offer them in store only. I know I would loose this way, but it's better than letting internet horders always get the goods.

jason said...

This sounds like an idea worth trying.

DJ C-Mic said...

I think a lottery would be fair. Do you know how much you are getting yet?

Keir said...

I like this idea a lot. Even if I lose, I know I at least had a shot.

Anonymous said...

What fair? If people can come into your store and give you money for your goods, ownership will then be transferred to them. If they can't, cest la vie. I didn't realize this was Molly's Merry Magicland of Fairness.

Stan Hieronymus said...

Of course I vote for sell it only at the store, but then I live almost next door.

However, it is more fair - except to you.

Stephen said...

I suggest you sell half online and half in the stores so that you build customer satisfaction on two fronts.

Anonymous said...

Yes this sounds better than the pure first come first served online method (cbs selling out in seconds, etc) but could it be at least a half-hour window?

Anonymous said...

This sounds good to me. I would rather get locked out do to a lottery than from a frozen web site.

Levi Ottwell said...

Lottery is better than the mad online rush.

I would support selling half in store and half online though and I live nowhere close to any location.

Anonymous said...

What if you allocated, say, 1/3 of the volume of limited beers to a 'membership list', and for each limited release, a certain percentage on that list would be guaranteed the beer. If you didn't want that particular beer, then you'd be up for the next beer release, when a new set of people from the list would be elligible for a portion. That way, everyone would at least be able to try some of the limited release beers, and not have as many people trying to overload your servers, not being able to leave work, etc.

jason said...

Some of the ideas suggested in the comments sound pretty complicated. If they were put into practice, TWCP would need to hire additional staff just to manage various lists.

Anonymous said...

What if you did it alphabetically? Letters A-E had a certain time window to call. Then F-R next, and finally S-Z. It sucks for all the "Z" people in the world, but at least people got a call.
Or you could just, you know, buy a loaf of bread, peanut butter & jelly and some milk for the same price as this bottle will be.

Anonymous said...

I'm for it.

Anonymous said...

Would be nice if the sales of all highly sought after items like this were limited somehow to local purchases. People from out of town willing to pay for shipping defuses the purpose of an exciting item being made available to a certain market.

Imperial Gout said...

I love it. Better than a frozen computer and waiting in a crowded line.