I won three $25 and one $50 gift cards for a total of $125 in value.
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$.60 a bid and a whole mob of people trying to get stuff for cheap.
I am an unemployed analyst, so; a) that means I have time on my hands.
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It's a scam -- I bought a 75 bid packet, earned 25 bids, just lost out on a 50 bid packet - so then got an offer to buy the 50 bid packet for 9 bucks.... Figured out how to use the auto bid .... something that had gone 10 minutes ago for a 25 cent bid was up to 4.00 and 4 bids and 10 seconds before it hit my autobid limit all of a sudden the item was gone... tried again on a different item and the same type game..... DON"T PLAY THE GAME ... You're more likely to get something if you put it in the keno machine -- or a gumball machine even!!!
I was intially lured in with a site advertising penny auctions - what a laugh! The next thing I know iI am linked with QUIBIDS!-RUN FOR THE FOREST ALL YE UNENLIGHTENED!. They sucker you in with a QUOTE" SATISFACTION GUARANTEE". BOGUS! They agree t give your money back, if you did't get "clipped" yet. They notified me that I had to put up a $48.00 deposit to participate in the auction. I started bidding on "BIDS", and was informedthat these were done in .60 cent increments. NOW WHAT THEY DON;'T TELL YOU IS THAT THE BIDS COUNTDOWN IN 10 SECOND INCREMENTS AND EVERY TIME YOU BID, YOU ARE CHARGED 0.60 CENTS, JUST TO BID! IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER YOU OR ANYONE ELSE WINS THE BID, IT STILL COST 0.60 JUST TO MAKE AN ATTEMPT. SUDDENLY THERE IS AN ACCOUNTING MESSAGE SAYING THAT MY $48.00 WAS GONE-IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES-AND I NEVER WON ONE SINGLE THING. I CONTINUED TO WATCH THIS ITEM, SUPPOSEDLY IN IT'S LAST TEN SECONDS- AND THERE NEVER WAS A WINNER!
I can see how this site is making money hands over fists- they are just sticking their hands in our internet accounts and robbing us BLIND! DON'T SHOP THIS SITE-UNLESS YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR MONEY. THEY ALSO SEEM TO STICK IT TO PEOPLE FOR DIFFERENT INITAL AMOUNTS-ISN'T THAT STRANGE THAT THEY DON'T REQUIRE THE SAME DEPOSIT AMOUNTS FOR US ALL. I SAW ON THEIR SITE THAT SOMEONE ONE A BLINDER FOR 0.56 CENTS, BUT I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BID IN INCREMENTS OF LESS THAN 0.60 CENTS. I CALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE AND A GAL THERE NAMED DARBY TOLD ME TO WRITE TO BETTER BUSINESS IF I WANTED TO AND THEN HUNG UP ON ME! STAY AWAY FROM THIS RIP OFF SITE.
well i joined this site sunday-spent my 48.00 on a small bid pack of 80-i won my limit of 3 auctions a day the first 2 days- 115.00 in gift cards w/ small amounts of bids included in the wins-i still have 55 bids left which equal 33.00-id say im ahead of the game! i tried a little bidding on an ipad but its get way out of hand-im cheap and won't give up my bids that easily
Quibids is gambling, plain and not so simple. Bidding is offering to pay a price for something. Wagering is something (usually money) risked on an uncertain event. Quibids is not a scam. You buy bids at U.S. $0.60 each, minimum 45 or something, and you use those bids (wagers) to bid on "auctions" (gambling) in hopes to win. Each bid increases the auction price between $.01 and $.10 AND end time by 10-20 seconds giving someone else the chance to bid. In the end, the last bidder (because nobody else has bid in time) wins the auction. Sometimes auctions go for $.01. Do people win things like Apple Ipads for $25? Sure it's possible and are the products real? Yes, I know from experience.
The business model: what you need to realize up front. Every time you bid on something, each bid costs you $.60. Bids are non-refundable whether you win the auction or not. The winner pays the final price of the auction, usually a small fraction of what the actual price might be, and shipping. Remember that bids are pre-purchased so figure that into the price as well. Shipping and handling is reasonable and in my experience, quick. Lets have an example; I'm currently watching a Bushnell night vision 50x scope up on the block. Original end time was 45 minutes ago but because people keep bidding, the time gets extended. Bids for this auction increase the price by $.02, current price is $10.46. That's a great price! I researched this item and it routinely sells at retailers for $200+ . Remember that only the last bidder is going to pay that price. In the meantime, I've watched many other bidders spend hundreds of bids "wagering" that they will be the final bidder. Many bidders drop out because they are sick that they have simply lost that money or simply run out of bids. Back to our example, how does quibids make money? Let's say that scope sold for $10.46. That's 1046/2 (increment increase) x$.60 (cost of each bid) or $313.80 + the cost of the auction $10.46 for a total quibids has made of $324.26, get the idea? Remember that only the winner will get the product, all others are out however many losing bids they placed, hundreds and in the case of our example, 522 $.60 bids. Currently, the scope is up to $13.60.
Is there a strategy for you to win or increase your odds? Sure there are strategies to help but none are sure things. Keep in mind that this is really gambling and you will be better able to work the site to your advantage. Watch the products and understand what a product will sell for so you don't bid un-necessarily low. You might go so far as to watch individual bidders and know how serious a bidder they are. Would you sit next to a card counter and play Blackjack? Some bidders have a computer program that will automatically tell them when to bid based on the 2 factors I just mentioned to increase their chance of winning.
In the end, here are some do's and don'ts:
Keep in mind this is in reality, gambling.
Have a limit on how many bids you're willing to spend on an item and stick with it.
Have a strategy for each item.
Start small and have fun.
Spend money (especially on buying bids) you can't afford to lose!
Bid on buying more bids.
Think your going to win that laptop your first trip out.
First I want to say..I do NOT work for the website, nor do I know anyone who does. I live in WI and am in upper management. My husband stumbled across this site and started bidding. I was extremely angry with him when I found out and told him all the things in the negative comments...it's a scam, you have to BUY your bids?, etc. But being the husband, he of course listened to me the way he always does and continued to bid anyways. Well I can't complain anymore! We have won a flatscreen TV, a juicer, a Garmin, a new printer, and a handful of giftcards. Our final price and the cost of the bids has NEVER exceeded the MSRV.
That being said , it IS gambling, you can't begin bidding and expect to win every item. There is a certain amont of luck involved. We also watch the auctions VERY carefully before bidding and will never bid against Autobidders.
So if you use common sense and reccognize there is a certain amount of chance I say go for it, but it you can't afford to gamble then don't play.
I'm going to go have a fresh glass of OJ and watch my new TV
It's rigged like a scam. The real winners are the site owners. "Discounted" price is 20-50% higher than a going street price. No real auction works the way this one setup (read: rigged): you are charged for your bids. As a result, the price of the item you are bidding on has nothing to do with the item but with the revenue stream for the owners because if you don't win a bid, you lose all the money spent on the abstract bids.
THIS SITE IS A SCAM!!!! STAY AWAY!!!!! It is NOT an auction site although it appears to operate that way. Just like any other gambling site, if you do not have the money to lose, don't play. You have a better chance at winning the lottery.
I thought it would be a good way to purchase things at a cheaper price; however, when you do the math, you end up paying more than the site advertises. i have won a few little things- one which still hasn't been delivered [promised delivery within 14 days]. Still waiting.
I am also skeptical about the bidders- they seem to be the same ones online whenever I am. I also wonder when you see someone win a really expensive item for only a few dollars. do they really win? or is this a way to keep people trying to win.
I am not sure if I will play alot- the purchase of bids does add up and since I am not wealthy at all- one can go broke easily. It is a gamble, but Vegas odds seem a bit better.
If you like gambling this site is for you. exactly the same as vegas. if you do not believe me , you will do after loosing your money. I am just trying to give you my net experience. if you want to be smart KEEP away from this site.
I would like to clarify that I am not an employee nor a relative of this website.
I recently stumbled across the site while surfing the web. I read and then watched the auctions. When I initially started bidding, the website actually attempted to discourage me in my bid decision. I ignored the advice to return to the "beginners" auctions and played with the big boys. My decision paid off, I won a DSLR camera at a good price. I set my price limit and would encourage anyone who bids at this site to do the same.
I did and do not feel that the bidding is rigged. I am a "real" person with a "real" experience at QuiBids. I do not think I will win everything I bid on, but I look forward to future bids, gifts and fun!!!
OMG, I saw this quibid advertised on Alternet so I thought it could be trusted. I plan to notify them of this SCAM in hopes they will drop their adds. Like one person said, 'who pays for bids at an auction?' I thought it was like ebay, so I bid on a camcorder that said, $5.90, after giving them my credit card info, it immediately said I won it for $48. I sent their contact support...whatever, a very nasty email only to get a message saying it would take 2-3 business days for them to respond. I didn't complete their 'confirmation' thing hoping that the transaction wouldn't be completed. I haven't yet checked to see if they charged my credit card. I don't see how this can be legal. I will contact Clark Howard next and maybe with enough complaints these scumbags will be shut down!
i personally like the site. Yea there are some speculations on bots whatever. Here is my outlook:
I paid in the beginning $45 dollars for 80 bids the first thing i did was place one bid on 25 add on bids. I won and paid .02 cents and it was added immidiately.
Okay so far i lost .60 (1 bid), but i won 25 bids which would cost $15.
Take the $15 off of my $45 makes $30. (This is in earnings to make back what i lost)
I then went and bidded on an hard candy case for my ipad i won at $1.10. With that and the shipping and my .60 cents a bid it costed me a grand total of $9.69 for a retailed item of 43.95
I then bidded on a SKLZ Pitching Machine with 12 balls and won at guess 1 bid .05 cents so .65 cents plus shipping it was 11.69, this item retails at 49.99. (i play baseball so i was excited cause im a student and don't exactly have a lot of money granted the 45 dollars i had for the bids was to get one, but the ones near me sell for 65 dollars.)
In savings i saved 72.58
I used other bids for other things using my extra 25 bids (i used 20)
I think if your smart about it, don't go crazy and manage your time, monitoring what you bid on you could buy up a BUNCH of stuff and sell it on ebay making a profit.
Don't get sucked in by this scam.
At no time during signup did they indicate a charge.
Immeditially on signup I was charged $48.00 on my credit card.
A charge I was not given an opportunity to approve or dissaprove.
I forsee the courts shutting these theives down shortly.
For all those who feel that Quibids is a scam, I beg to differ. I've just received my 32 G Ipad from Fedex today and I 'm very satisfied with all my winnings. It cost less than $200 for the $599 Ipad (retail see Apple). It took 39 bids and $153 for the win and $15-$20 for shipping. Nevertheless, bidder beware. If you don't sit in front of the screen all day long and bid at the last second, you can find yourself wasting time and money. You'd be better off getting a job and paying retail than spend wasted hours and bids in front of the computer screen. And remember, like in Vegas...the house always wins. But the game is legit, I've gotten my winnings and the customer service was spot on. So, for all those who feel they have been bamboozled, this game isn't a scam and it isn't for everyone. Good luck and I really mean good LUCK!
Well I have been somewhat successful on this site. It's like with anything else if you know what you want and understand the risks(like gambling) you can deal with it.
Example: I was bidding on a blu tooth headset. I lost but decided to use the buy now with my lost bids a credit.
bid price= 4.07
Retail price 57.19 - 99.99
Toshiba 750 GB External Hard Drive
Final price =2.75
RETAIL 79.99 to 99.99
Canon wireless printer
Bids 1=.60 cents
Final price .2 cents
Total = 12.61
RETAIL 79.99 to 99.99
Do the math. DID I SAVE? On most Items yes, Absolutely.
Be aware of overbidding.
What can I say. I fell for the advertisement, but then learnt very quickly that it's nothing more than a hoax. Seriously, if bestbuy has ipods for $199, then thats the retail price. No way on earth that quibids will be able to deliver for $4.92!!! save your money, and DO NOT sign up to this site.
I want to say that I enjoy the quibids site and their premise, and that I've saved money purchasing a few items from them. However, their turn around time is terrible. I've won three auctions, and nearly a month later I've only just received a single item. None were items that should be difficult to obtain, items that they were selling, and continue to sell at least once or twice a day. Furthermore, their customer service has been abysmal. They don't respond and their live chat makes you wait in line before saying that everyone is busy and to try again later. After my first auction I was planning to do much more business with qiubids, now I don't know if I'll even use my remaining bids.
This site is utter waste of time.... it will encourage you initially in 1 or 2 attempts to win and then once you fall into it ..it is a big gutter and there is no escape...
This site is developed by a bunch of thugs and they have created automatic bidders (Bots) to automatically bid between the bots themselves . Watch carefully when a human is bidding and about to win , you will see from no where a mysterious person comes and extends the bid... this mysterious person is no one but the bot..... and then after wining a few more counts of bids, when you are about to win the product, there comes up another bot or previous bot to make a bid.... last second how does this bot or few other bots know that no human is making a bid...simple "computer program" which is unaudited and not known to others..... trust me...if you get hold of those bidders and verify their existence you will not find them...the computer program randomly generates a user name and bids to outbid you ..... the CEO and other employees (nothing but the Thugs) are sleeping thru the nights as every second they are making thousands of 60 cents and having their bots make bids to outlast us humans.... so once in 10 bids a a human wins and then their review is put up to show this site is genuine..... don't bid ....WATCH THE PATTERN how the bots comes when some genuine person is about to win.... You may think i am out of mind....but you will soon realize and remember this post.... And Yes another thing: These quibid owners themselves make bids to win products that they take it home at a fraction of a cost...and once their house is filled with these, then their bots take over to outbid the humans and make money.....this is a true analysis...sit and ponder about it .... Whoever posts against this is likely to be affiliated to the quibids site .... I just wish we could get into their office and see the way their bots ( bots that is users who don't have credit card info, users who don't have an address and users created by these quibid programmers) work
Guys, This web-site is awesome once you learn how to do it. In the beginning you have to bid only for small items that you are willing to buy via the "Buy Now" button.
Once you get some experience under your belt you can move up to bigger items. Now I only bid on items at least worth at least $200.
I limit out on my 8-monthly wins in 1-2 days and have to wait another month to do it again. I win around $2,000 to $3,000 dollars worth of items each month and spend only around $500 to $1000. It seems very easy to me.
The worse I ever do is having to pay full retail for an item and that does not happen very often. Based on my strategies I win at least 50% of the time and save any where from 50% to 80% off the items.
A lot of people call this site a scam. Aside from the speculation that there could be fraudulent bidding robots, I wouldn't call this site a scam. It does exactly what they say they will do. However, this takes advantage of people, like me, who may not understand exactly how it works.
They auction off an item or gift card. For example, they may sell a $25 gift card for $3. At first I wondered how could they do this. Well...here's how. To sign up you must purchase a defined number of bids. Quibids collects $0.60 for each bid that gets placed. When a bid is placed, the selling price only goes up by $0.01 or $0.02 for most bids. So for an item to get to a selling price of $3.00, Quibids will have received $180 in bid money ($0.60 per bid X 300 bids = $3.00 sell price). So, Quibids has plenty of room there to give the winning bidder a $25 gift card.
Plus, you, the winner, will likely get charged a transaction fee equal to some percentage of the price. I won a $25 gift card for $3.00 and paid a $1.99 transaction fee on top of the cost of my bids at $0.60 each.
That is the only auction I was able to win before I ran out of my bids. So I ended up paying $60 for a $25 gift card. I'll use the gift card, but wasted $35 so I thought I'd take the time to hopefully save someone else like me from avoiding a similar mistake.
To be honest, I was worried it was a scam site but after using it for 3 months now.. I'm writing tis review on y NEW laptop I won on the site for less than 20.00. I've also won an Ipad , itunes gift cards, a milkshake maker, carpet cleaner and food storage containers and Dr Dre Headphones.. YES u do buy bid packs BUT if you don't use them, they will , i repeat WILL REFUND your money. I have to say this is a great site and I fully trust them.. I won a cell phone suction once and the item never arrived and quibids instead sent me an amazon gift card for the retial rice of the cell phone i was supposed to get.. 328.00 !!! say what you want about online scams but this site is legit and very fun. Customer service is amazing!!
Signed up for Quibids as I'm an Oklahoman and this company is HQ'd in Oklahoma City, like to support the local economy. I spent $48.00 on their small bids package, who would have thougth 80 bids could be small right? Read all the guidelines and followed them, betting on the beginners bids, ironically the beginners bids are to buy more bids? Ok so I bought more bids, got excited, immediately got my invoice for the extra bids plus a $2.00 transaction fee and all kinds of stipulations that although you have bought more bids, they have all types of exclusions since they were purchased at a discounted rate???
I then got tired of the beginner auctions, seeing that they were all bid packages for the most part and moved on to the professional auctions, so to speak. I was bidding hard and heavy on a Wal Mart $200.00 gift card and a digital Canon Camera, the auction was getting down to the fast seconds countdown part which is usually when someone wins, and lo and behold, QuiBids system goes down and puts everything on pause? This happened twice in a periof of 10 minutes, and of course when the site went back up, the items I was bidding on instead of being down to the fast seconds countdown, both started over at 10 minutes, what a crock? Of course I didn't have enough bids to last another 10 minutes and I didn't fall off the pumpking truck either, so I decided at this point, that QuiBids is nothing more than a consumer rip off for people that like to gamble and decided that I had enough and would recoup whatever I had left?
I did on online customer support chat that I printed after, telling me the amount of bids I would be refunded for the PAUSE startover, had I not called, well more money for QuiBids, and 2 days later got the email with my refund amount which was $9.00 vs. $22.00? I sent a letter to their customer support along with my printed transcript from their company advising me refund?
Four days later I get another e-mail from their customer support saying that since the bids I used when their system conveniently went down and started over at 10 minutes vs. 10 second were discounted bids, they were not refundable but could be used on their site? Needless to say I closed my account with them today and I would advise the same to anyone who asks me of my experience with QuiBids? Ingenious money making scheme where QuiBids wins all the time!!
Wish I would have thought of this first! It has been around for a while, but jeez, quibids has taken it to the extreme. What a profit maker for someone.
First off, if anyone by now has not learned to read reviews of something, anything, before you get involved with it, shame on them. You are an idiot! Second, if after reading the quibids101 page, with the actual lack of answers you get, not to mention the vague answers you do get, and you still join, you are an idiot! Bots? No doubt! I don't care what they say, they have them. If not, let me come in and give me FULL access to your site under your guidance, and let me see for myself there are no bots. Never gonna happen without a court order. If that is ever issued, this site will shut down ASAP!!! The owner will be fined and possibly put in prison. He knows it, and I know it. Anyone joining this site (quibids) and actually spending money here, are idiots!!! You deserve everything you get and lose. If you are that stupid and naive to not see this site for what it is, you are STUPID!!! If this site isn't an obvious ripoff, I don't know what is. grant you, it tells you the deal for the most part up front. That alone should cause you to run off screaming in the other direction while on the phone with your bank to make sure the facial recognition they probably have (being sarcastic here) is already illegally draining your bank accounts. Absolutely no customer service, funny things happening while bidding, same names bidding on so many items at once and winning more that allowed per day should give you a hint that these are obviously employees or bots. No other explanation for it. What needs to happen is EVERYONE needs to stop going to this site immediately!!! Watch how fast it shuts down or changes the way it does things. Someone has to set up a site where EVERYONE registered at quibids can get together and make deals to bid on certain items alone with no competition from anyone else, and then you will see the bots come into play. This will be your proof of the bot/employee bidding. But alas, there will always be at least one idiot who will be in there by theirself screwing everyone else by bidding with no one else there, and losing because the bots/employees will eat their ass up. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND YOUR MONEY, STAY AWAY FROM THIS SITE. iMMEDIATELY CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT OR CLOSE IT OR NEVER GO BACK AND BID AGAIN. SELL YOUR BIDS BACK TO QUIBIDS AND GET WHATS LEFT OF YOUR MONEY. Stop being sheep and thinking you're going to get something for nothing. It's not gonna happen. Run fast and far! Don't look back and don't stop. Make them shut these rigged shady cheating sites down by now going to them and wasting your money. Good luck to the idiots that won't heed this warning and go and waste their money foolishly anyway.
RIP OFF. With suspicous activity. I registered then I saw I had to pay, no way! I imediatly lookedfor feedback from others and found this site. I watched and it had same people bidding hundreds of times at .60 cents a bid. Didnt make sense. 1 person if anyone gets a deal the rest get boned. I believe they have people or bots as others call them biding to force the real poor saps to rebid. I don't think its illegal for them to do that and I couldnt find anywhere where they say they dont. What a gig I want to start a site like that. Just tell the truth !!! there is another site I swear is the exact same site new name bidcactus probably because of bad reviews. My Mom always told me If its too good to be true it is.
This site is a COMPLETE SCAM.... It doesnt matter how you analize it.
Here is my experience:
I bought a bid package (The cheapest) for $48 dollars (80 bids) and instead of bidding on actual goods I bid on more bid packages. (They have 15-25-50 and 100 bid credits).
After spending about half of my credits, I won a few 25 bid credits, bringing me back a little over my original 80 bid purchase. When I won these few credit auctions and went to pay for them I noticed there where extra charges (Handling Fees)... I felt dissapointed and wrote an email to them. To my surprise, they cancelled my account. When I reply back asking why they cancelled my account they responded with a sorry reply and reinstate my account. Well not really.... THEY JUST PLACED BACK 40 CREDITS ON MY DANG ACCOUNT!!!!..... They claim they can't reimburse credits that have no real value. NO REAL VALUE???? WTF. What then I was bidding on with REAL MONEY???
THEY ARE THIEF AND SCAMMERS.... Do your homework (and avoid my mistake) and do a google search on penny auctions and see that there are so many with the same structure.
I will not be surprise if America finds out these sites are FUNDING TERRORISM or MONEY LAUNDRY.
AVOID THEM UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT TO OVERPAY FOR GOODS!!!!
they lure you with photos of macbook pros and ipads and then they take your 50 bucks for "bidding points" and then you find out that everything they have is junk. The two items you would actually want to bid on are being bid on at the same time by so many other people that your chances of winning are about one in a gaziilion. Garbage, garbage, garbage. I feel so stupid for not researching first! They took my $50. Don't let them take yours.
its a scam! when i registered, it said i have to put credit card info. after that, it automatically charged my credit card, WITHOUT MY CONSENT! i deactivated the acount and im going to contact my credit card company to tell them to cancel the fee. this is ILLEGAL!
Quibids need to wake up if their customer service don't improve they are going to go out of business whether it's a scam or not. This website has the poorest customer service I have ever encountered.
ITS A SCAM DONT DO IT! NO ONE WINS! THE SITE MAKES MONEY OFF OF YOUR BIDS! THERE IS NO WAY THAT A LEGIT PERSON WINS AN ITEM FOR UNDER THE RETAIL PRICE! DO NOT TRY THIS!!! IF YOU WANT A ITEM GO BUY IT OFF OF AMAZON, EBAY, AND ETC.
it robbed me of $48.00 that I still cannot seem to get refunded, and THEY LOCKED MY ACCOUNT, which means I cannot use the money they took from my checking account!!! AND it is impossible to talk to anyone!
THIS SITE SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN!
I was also lured into this website because has good products that seem to go for very low prices, at least it seems to go to everyone BUT me. I went through over a hundred bids with NOTHING to show for it. I couldn't even win a 16G flash drive. There must be insiders working for the company who do nothing but up the price, hoping that you will go along.
This site is a scam. They misrepresent and lie all over the place. Most of the complaints on this page a circumstantial and not able proven. (but the company is obviously scamming its customers)
However, it is not only able to be proven but also very very blatantly illegal that the site inflates the value price. For example, you bid on something you would buy regardless because you know that the amount you are spending to bid will be credited toward the product price anyway. Take a look at the ipads... the site only puts ipads with only wifi capability up for auction. However, they list its value at a price hundred's of dollars over its value. Their response?
Scott T., Sep 18 12:37 am (CDT):
Due to supply and demand we have had to place a markup on the Ipad. Since these have just been released, they have been in extremely high demand, and have been very hard to obtain. In fact, for private customers Apple has placed a one per customer limit on these items. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Quibids Customer Support
This is just not true. Not only can a person go on the apple site and buy as many ipads as they can pay for, it is no secret that the ipad has sold so far below Apple's expectations that the company is strongly considering dropping the cost of the ipad for the upcoming holiday season.
Stay away from a company that thinks its customers are ignorant!!! Not only that but what is being said about them is true. Watch the site for an hour or two and notice that the same bidders are magically able to bid thousands of times for items.
Every time I bid at closing even though the bids were high I got the "sorry you bid too late "message. All I did was waste money trying to buy bids to continue to be outbid.There's no doubt in my mind that there are shrill bidders. This site is a loser......stay away. You willnever win anthing of consequence.
so guys if you're really worried and stuff spending nearly 1k dollars for a 200 dollar item
its cuz its all about knowing when you think the item will sell out
sure people start it, then people are always bidding hoping they'll get it cheap.
but just to take the smarter side, estimate when you think theyre going to stop. take a bid you use 60 cents. if they don't seem to stop then you just used 60 cents don't keep bidding if you think ur going to lose
keep in mind the amount of bidders in the 5 minutes.
you may even get lucky getting something expensive for as low as 60 cents.
u bid once you win. auction smart. let the bid price go high. estimate. get lucky. that's how people always say "oh i won this tv for 2 bucks" it was because they waited till the price was high enough to estimate when people will think "oh well i ran out of bids plus i spent too much money on this item im going to auction something else. *leaves*" there fore you pay 60 cents for one item.
This is just a tip. i got an apple ipod touch 8 gb for 5 dollars of what i used. though it went up to 40 to 50 dollars on bids. but i spent only 5 of my own money.
I saw an add for the site and was curious (mostly because of the promise of acquiring a big ticket item for fraction of the price).
When I first started I made a big mistake by voting early and voting on multiple items. Very stupid of me, I suggest watching the auctions before rushing in to bid. The same items repeat over and over, so don't worry you'll lose a chance to get what you want.
Right now I'm out about $200, and "won" two items valued at around $100 total. So yes... high probability to lose a bunch of money if you don't think this through and rush into action.
But the two items that I did acquire were at the fraction of the retail cost (even if you factor in the bids and the "cost plus shipping").
For example the ending bid price on one of the items was $0.61. I bid 12 times, which cost me $7.20, and the shipping was $8.99. So I spent a total of 16.80 for an item that retails on Amazon for $63.02
On the other item I place only one bid and the final price was $0.60. So the item ended up costing me about $6.00 with shipping.
It's definitely probably to get items cheaply BUT, there is also probability that you will spend a bunch of bids and not win anything.
I do see the same names bidding on a bunch of items. It looks like they waste a bunch of bids.
My advice... don't place a single bid until an item has 1 second left on the clock. If you see constant bidding just watch, don't outbid. You are just running up the ending price AND wasting money.
My main concern with this website is that you are bidding against completely anonymous users. You have absolutely no clue who these "people" are, what their bidding history is, what they have won, etc. Compare this to Ebay, where you can get some idea who is selling, who is buying, etc. The problem with this is, not knowing who these bidders are creates some amount of doubt as to whether they are real people at all OR whether they are real people trying to win an item as opposed to trying to pad the bids.
I have been observing iPad, MacBook and iMac auctions for a few weeks now, and I have noticed several user names that keep appearing over and over and over, usually as Bid-O-Matics. They don't just place one, two, ten bids at a time. They bid over and over and over for hours at a time! Since the auctions last for soooo long, I don't always actually sit there and watch it till it ends, but I add the auctions to my watch list and go back and check who won the item. I have NEVER seen any of these names win anything. You might say "maybe that's why they keep bidding"... quite possible, but if you are really that intent on purchasing something, you would not spend all that time and money trying to bid on it at a cost of $0.60 per bid! Maybe you would try once or maybe even twice, but a person of even just average intelligence would probably stop after two tries and maybe $200 worth of bids at most!
Of course, I can't prove anything that is going on. This is just an observation. Recurrent aggressive bidding from several "bidders" on multiple items, different days. Just seems a bit fishy to me. Personally, I would stay away from this site.
There is definitely a big time scam. I have a friend who designed a similar site in india for indian consumers. The program includes a default user (not real human) who bids continuously until the target money is reached for the quibids guys. If the site senses there are not going to be enough bids, it declares the default user to be the winner and dissolves the auction. Besides, if 10 people are bidding and each of them spends 20 dollars on an average, they make 200 dollars just like that. Each individual may not feel as bad given that he just lost 20 dollars, assuming the auction to be fair. Just like casinos, the only people who make money are the site owners.
This website is such a scam. I started off trying to bid on a 100 bid pack. This one name bid over 100 times to win the 100 bid pack. That didnt make much sense. Then I set my sites on a 64gb Ipad. This auction started around 8am and lasted until 4pm. I watched this auction all day. There were 4 names that bid on this item for the whole 8 hours. These 4 names accounted for 80% of the bids (about 10,000 bids). Then all of a sudden these 4 names stopped bidding and another name bid a couple times and won. I then decided to go bid on a mac laptop. This auction had bee going on for over 10 hours. By now I know this site is such a scam, but I thought I would just get rid of my 84 bids and never go back again. It was down to just me and this other name bidding the most. I placed all of my 84 bids and the second I stopped, this other name one. Interesting all the other names that were bidding stopped too. This all happened within a second. Very strange. I was very mad. I looked at one more auction I had been watching and saw the same user name bidding up another item. This is the same name that bid 1000's of bids on the Ipad then disappeared. He reappeared in another auction to drive up that price. I will not go back.. Don't waste your money. Site is a total scam. I don't think real people are really winning any of the big items.
Don't waste your money. it seem like they use bots despite what they say as I watch one bot using what they call there bid-O-matic (an automated biding option) bid just before time runs out even for end on end (30 mins) when they have a limit of 25 bids every time you set it to bid and a supposed to place a bid at random intervals of 1-20 secs, but the max the time on clock can go to after a bid is placed is 10 sec. I don't see how that is possible if it truly works the way they claim. Add to that all the bids made by this person using the bid-o-matic didn't place a single bid himself/herself it claimed to be placed by the bid-o-matic. so this person must have the luck of the gods if the had the time to reset their bid-o-matic with the confidence that with it's random interval biding that it would make it in time before the timer when to 0. I watch as every few secs (20 or 30 or so) the timer would hit 1 sec with a person placing the bid when the bid-o-matic makes just it time to add more time to the count. SUSPICIOUS??? VERY!!!! And in the end guess who won... the bot ...big surprise. I believed that it is set up so that it calculates the amount and have a bot bid until they cover the cost of the item at least or the bot wins, at least for the pricey items. It my not be so for the lower end item as it is much harder to tell if bots are used as the bidding doesn't go as high, but I think that some of the lower end items also have bots at random as I have won a 15 bid ($9.00 item) for $ .05 ($1.05 with their handing charge). However this far from the norm as I have similar it with no success. I probably would have had better success with $1.00 scratches.
All in all you have a much better chance of getting a deal on something elsewhere unless you have the luck of the gods, but then you should go play the lottery instead a much better use for your luck.
I was curious and tried the site out. I got two $25 gifts cards for under $3 each. You definitely have to be patient and careful. I don't think it's a scam but you could lose money quickly if you're not careful. Also, I stay away from the big ticket items like the ipods and tvs. You can really lose trying to win these. Maybe one day I'll try these items but right now I'm satisfied with my $25 gift cards (gonna give these for Christmas gifts) - I really can't beat that. I don't constantly bid. I've noticed about what a $25 gift card will sell for at it's highest so I wait until everyone else has bid to about that amount before I start bidding. I'm sure it isn't for everyone but I would hesitate to call it a scam. I won and I received my items. If I lose, then that's only my fault of not knowing when to stop bidding or drop out of the site if I start losing.
I tried it and gave all my real info like with Ebay & Paypal,then I started getting junk email & bull $#*! phone calls from non-americans instantly between the hrs of 8am till 9pm! They sold out my information quickly.I had to change my number & filter the out junk email.Still may have to change my email address.I learned a hard lesson,just like reg with Craigslist.NEVER AGAIN!!! 01 Dixie Horn
I was bidding on the site. I read the 101. I read the FAQ's. I watched it for a week. I did all this homework before making my first bid.
When I started to bid, I was not allowed to be the winning bidder on more than 1 item at a time. Yet, I saw numerous names that were listed as winner of many items at once. Another time I was prevented from bidding after winning 3 items in a 24 hour period. I also saw 3 'possible bots' win 6 items in an hour. Why are there rules for honest bidders that the site isn't following themselves?
Another thing it practices is the habit of moving items at the last seconds. If you click on an item in the last few seconds, the site moves them and you bid on an item that moves there, where your item was sitting. That cost bids and sometimes, the auction.
The shipping charges are bogus. Look at the price of shipping/handling. Why is the charge only $1.00 for one set of bids and $2.99 for another set? Why is there a charge at all for winnings on bids? They credit your account. No mailing or handling is involved. The higher the gift card that is won, the higher your shipping. Does it take more postage to mail a $200.00 card than a $10.00 gift card? They are the same size.
I wrote customer service twice, never got a reply.
I watched a 'bidder' bid every other bid up to 200+ dollars. It was still going on when I cut it off. This was on a 2000 TV. That meant that this 'bidder' paid more on bids than the TV was selling for. Why did this 'bidder' not quit and claim the TV at the BUY IT NOW since it was already paid for? This site has too many red flags. It looks suspicious. I think I will inform an investigative news show of this. I know this isn't illegal, but it is unethical business practice. Watch out for those impulses. This is like Vegas or Atlantic City. The house always wins. It should be labeled a gambling site, not an auction.
First I am not an employee nor do I have any invested interest in the QuiBids site. I read many comments on the site after my husband made me nervous saying it was a scam and I would never get the items I won. I have not won huge things but I have won.
So lets start with my experience: The site asks for you to read and watch before you participate. They tell you the premise of how the quibids works. I read on their faqs page and I thought what the heck. I was bored and had a tiny bit of money. I bought the baby bid pack. That night I won two 25.00 gift cards and a 10.00 gift card all for around 27.00. I was on a hot streak, but as a safety measure QuiBids puts a 3 item limit in a 24 hour period. So those of us having a good night can only get 3 things. So I waited the 24 hours from my first win and bought another baby bid pack. I battled it out stupidly with someone and lost it. Before I really thought about it, I bought more. Lost that and bought more. (This is what happens when you are impulsive). I lost a total of 125.00 that night and won nothing. So then my win turned into a lose. This was my own doing. I was betting on high dollar items that received a lot of attention and I felt like I had the hang of it after winning so much the night before. But fortunate for me and my family I learned a thing or two from my 100+ lose. The next time I chose to bet I was very selective on the items I wanted to go for. I bet only on one item at a time and did not flit back and forth wasting bids here and there. I won two more items. However since I had wasted so much the night before I was still in the hole for 165 dollars. My husband said it was a scam. I would never get anything I won. I looked on here and my heart sank. However, I am here to tell you that I have received everything I've won so far. (I am waiting on a couple of things from last week so I can't say 100% of it has come in.) So it is not a scam. As others have said you need to be smart about it.
Here are some facts to think about. While you are bidding it is very hard not to get into a fierce battle with another person over a particular item, especially if you were the first person to bid on this item and feel like it is your item. As a matter of fact this is what they are suspecting you will do. Then you will end up wasting all your bids battling it out and will impulsively buy more. (Been there, done that.) You have to remember you don't know what the other person has in bids so it may be 300 vouchers and if you are like me with only small bid packs, you will not win. So if there is a fierce battle let them have it. Do not waste your bids. You can always look for the same item to come back up. I also now use a calculator while I am bidding and if the betting is more than 2X the item price I drop out of it.
Those are my tips to you. I have not made up the money I lost learning these lessons but hope they can help you along the way. BTW I still like playing QuiBids but I am a much better and smarter player now.
Remember that if you bid on vouchers for more bids that those bids are voucher bids and do not go toward the buying price of an item like purchased bids. (I found this out the hard way also).
I RECENTLY BID ON AN 16G IPAD FULLY UNDERSTANDING THAT IF I DO NOT WIN I CAN BUY IT FOR THE RETAIL PRICE, SO IT GAVE ME A SENSE OF SECURITY KNOWING THAT I REALLY CAN'T LOSE MUCH IF ANY MONEY AT ALL. AFTER I DID MY BIDDING AND LOST I DID BUY IT NOW FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONEY OWED AFTER MY 456 BIDS @ .60 EACH. THE PROBLEM WAS THEY CHARGED ME 699.00 FOR A PRODUCT THAT APPLE SELLS FOR 499.00. CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG BUT I BELIEVE APPLE SETS THE RETAIL PRICE.. I WILL TAKE SOME BLAME IN NOT CHECKING QUIBIDS FULL RETAIL PRICE BEFORE I STARTED BIDDING, BUT FROM PAST EXPERIENCE, MOST OF THEIR PRODUCTS THAT I BID ON WERE DEAD ON FOR THE FULL RETAIL PRICE. I HAD WRITTEN TO THEM AND THIS IS THE RESPONSE I GOT:
Due to supply and demand we have had to place a markup on the Ipad. Since these have just been released, they have been in extremely high demand, and have been very hard to obtain. In fact, for private customers Apple has placed a one per customer limit on these items. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Quibids Customer Support
FIRST OF ALL, CHAD IS VERY BUSY BECAUSE EVERY TIME I WRITE TO THEM HE ALWAYS WRITES ME BACK (SOUNDS LIKE A FORM LETTER)
SECOND_ I WENT TO AN APPLE STORE THAT NIGHT AND ASKED THEM THEIR POLICY ABOUT HOW MANY I CAN BUY, AND HE ASKED ME "HOW MANY DO YOU WANT"...AND IM NOT EVEN A PRIVATE CLIENT..LOL
THIRD...FROM EXPERIENCE OF USING THIS WEBSITE AND WINNING OR PURCHASING MANY ITEMS, AFTER ADDING ALL THE BIDS I BOUGHT TO PRODUCT VALUE, YOU STILL WIND UP NEGATIVE IN THE END. IT CAN BE FUN, BUT BECOMES ADDICTIVE BECAUSE YOU LOSE SITE OF WHAT YOU ARE BIDDING ON, BUT INSTEAD, YOU TRY TO NOT LET SOMEONE BEAT YOU.
IN OTHER WORDS....BEWARE
I watched an auction this afternoon.
Bidder A & Bidder B got into a bidding war - back & forth. No one else was involved. Even the clock showed "2 bidders in last 5 minutes". Then suddenly Bidder C comes in and starts bidding. Immediately Bidder B drops out. Not one more bid. So now its a bid war between A & C, with a few random bids coming in now from other people. The price goes up about $4 during this time. Then suddenly Bidder B is back and within a minute Bidder C quits bidding. The price continues to climb. Then Bidder B slows down, which allows other users to get their bids in and suddenly ... the clock stops and ... neither A, B, or C won...but one of the last bidders who had come in during the last $1 or so of the auction.
So..did someone just get lucky?
Or did someone(s) purposefully drive up the price and then back out?
Maybe you had to watch it to understand...but it really DID look fishy.
Just seems to me that at some point it would've turned into a bidding war between A, B & C ... why did B & C come and go so "exactly" at the same times? Just weird.
Bid...but bid with caution!
How Quibids is scamming me.
I won three auctions in my history with Quibids. The last was a 25$ Amazon gift card on 7/30/2010. It is now August 1st, that was two months ago. They still have not delivered the product.
My communication with support has involved me contacting them with regards to the missing product. (No one ever contacted me with a problem.) They said that they had to cancel a batch of cards and I would receive a new one in a week. That was a month and a half ago.
I waited two weeks and again contacted customer support who "forwarded the issue to a shipping rep" and said I would receive a card within the day.
Again I waited a week before contacting support. The following conversation then occured:
11:06 AM Laura: ok, we are still waiting on Amazons cooperation in resolving the issue with cards that had invalid codes. our Amazon representative is contacting them again today. please understand that the situation is out of our control and we have to wait on Amazon to take care of the issue. But we are doing everything we can to speed up the process. It is frustrating for us, but i know it is more frustrating for you
11:06 AM Laura: we will let you know as soon as we have a resolution from Amazon
11:06 AM Laura: we are sincerely sorry. is there anything else i can do for you today?
11:07 AM Nathaniel Mahieu: Yes, I would like a replacement code.
11:07 AM Laura: we don't have a replacement code. we are waiting on Amazon to take care of that
11:08 AM Laura: at this point there isn't anything that i can do
11:08 AM Nathaniel Mahieu: Your company is currently operating selling Amazon gift cards every day. If there was a problem with Amazon this would not occur. Nothing is stopping you from issuing me a replacement code until you resolve whatever dispute you have.
This went on for about 20 minutes with no resolution. I still have not received a card. As such there are a few things I want to note to anyone who is researching.
1. This purchase would put me positive, getting more money out than I put in.
2. No representative contacted me to explain that there was a problem with my item.
3. In the terms on Quibids website there is no time line for receiving your item. Because of this they are able to continue making excuses indefinitely, never delivering their items.
4. If this truly was an issue with Amazon they would not be currently selling cards or they could easily issue a replacement card and settle whatever "dispute" exists on their own time. There is no reason that this liability should fall on the user, the company made a promise of goods and will not deliver. This behavior is highly unprofessional and dishonest.
Be warned. Don't expect to be dealing with honest people.
QuiBids is what it claims to be... an online auction. And an auction it is in the truest sense. Continued bidding extends the length of the auction just like live auctions. I think that fact that Ebay has dominated the space we're all used to that type of format which is technically not like an auction by traditional definition.
I was skeptical to say the least but after about one month of actively using the site I can say with complete confidence that many of the deals are legit. I myself have one a Sony PSP 3000 ($200) for $12, a TaylorMade Driver ($399) for $24, and a number of smaller items. HOWEVER, I do question whether BOTS have been employed by someone. I have seen buyers bid on items to the point where the final sale price+cost of bids exceeded the "Value" or retail price.
I would caution would be users to be on the lookout for those. You can sometimes spot them- relentless bidding with little strategy visible.
I am infuriated with this site and frankly think it amounts to price gouging and consumer fraud. I recently bid on a 40 in tv. The value price on the item was $559.00. The winning bidder bid $43.25. The auction was in $.01 increments. Therefore, in order to achieve the bid price of $43.25 there were 4325 bids at $.60 a piece for a grand total of $2595.00. So in total we idiot bidders paid $2595 so that one lottery winner could get the tv for $111.05 plus $25 shipping and handling. What a scam! If all the bidders were working for the four hours it took to finish the auction from the time it first hit 20 seconds we could have all bought the tv outright. Instead the rest of the bidders are out $2483.95. Time to call the attorney general.
I have been a member of this site for a few months and have won many items. Started of slow with smaller items then moved to the larger ticket items after gaining experience. And yes, it did cost a little in lost bids to gain that experience, but just about a month ago, I won a 2010 Samsung 46 inch, 3D LCD TV for $24.25! Shipping was 24.99. Amazon's white glove service delivered the television, set it up, and insured it worked. I did notice that most of the products I have won (approx 12) have been shipped from Amazon with Quibids on the label, but the box is Amazon and the address is their fulfillment center. This is really a legit operation.
Some folks may be disappointed initially with the site, but either you need to watch it for quite awhile, or start bidding on smaller items and work your way up. I am now over $1,000 ahead. Tell me where you can get that type of television, shipped and set up for less than $50.
I'm done with them. This isn't an auction, it's a thinly disguised gamble. Nothing they could ever offer is worth the stress of competition, the disappointment of defeat, or the self-loathing one (should) feel after having wasted so much time and money. It's just stuff, nothing more, all of which will become obsolete. Better to spend the time finding legitimate bargains and better to give your patronage to merchants more deserving of your hard-earned cash.
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