Gonna have to join in on this and hope it helps illuminate the score for newer members. I used to shop mass drop with some regularity. Seems for the past year or two though every time I say to myself "wow, I REALLY need to log into Massdrop and pick up X, Y, or Z like I said I would," I only log in to discover that the community I was hoping to participate in and spend money on has been "sunset" in favor of another, better grossing community. I understand that Massdrop, or Drop.com or whatever we're calling it now is a business and business is about making money. I just feel like I got dealt a bad hand because when I joined Massdrop years ago, I (stupidly) fell for the pitch about it being a community driven market place; its not. Its just a marketplace. Down to the brand invested partnership products.
Ultimately, I think that the mods put it in their best words when they updated the community about these types of matters: "Today we are a community-focused product company that has evolved from a group-buying site aimed at sourcing the best products for our members."
It just hurts a little on the inside coming back from time to time to see more of a titanic product focused company and less of a resource used for getting the best products at the best prices in unique communities. But I guess, who could have possibly foreseen people becoming invested with a sense of community over a website based around forming strong communities...Oh wait-