ZBiddy is definitely a scam site. Go to EBay instead. And good luck disputing any charges from your credit card from ZBiddy. I tried disputing a charge from ZBiddy (w/o my permission) from my Best Buy credit card and they were not able to help as well. So I end up closing my account for lack of support. Funny though, Best Buy keep sending me a new card. They just don't get it, lack of common sense.
I can't believe zbiddy.com is still in business. I would be ashamed just working there and not notifying the consumer of the ongoing fraud.
Am glad more people agreed that this site is fraud. just in case I saved most of my chats conversation with them, all their promise and fail. They are total fraud even though at the initial time they were okay and later all the things i won including ipod never received them and some that i received didn't work, they even gave me an empty usb card reader. I left more than one thousand bids for them when I noticed they were playing games and more over nothing good to bid for from them.
Tip for consumers: Do not even try them plssssssssssssssssssssss
Had over 1040 bids paid for and won items I never received yet. class action law suit. I am in
they burn me with a 100dlls i never won $#*! how can i get my money back I need help anybody here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org thank you..
100% scam won bids paid like 100.00 total for 6 to 10 bids NEVER RECEIVED A THING DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME TO BEND OVER class action law suit i'm IN email@example.com
I have been a member for a few years but since last year, they have been really messing up. I'm owed so much money and I didn't receive my last 5 wins. I am willing to be a part of a class action suit. Just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been violated with nada, zero, no foreplay...not even a kiss. They owe me a bunch, they should be in court and if CLASS ACTION suit comes to be, count me in. How does our "protectors" allow this to occur...over and over and over. gary b jorgensen
now zibbdy no longer exists... wtf. I guess its called "Hotcloseouts2013.com" now...
Here is the response I received after filing a complain with the Delaware BBB:
This message is in regard to your complaint submitted on 3/12/2014 3:15:43 PM against ZBiddy.com Online Auction. Your complaint was assigned ID 9965810.
The Bureau has decided to close this complaint and note that the business did not respond to the complaint.
Your next step is to contact The Attorney Generals Office. Their telephone number is: 302-577-8600.
This complaint will be reflected on the company's BBB Reliability Report with the following language: "The company failed to respond either to the consumer or the Bureau to the complaint(s) filed."
Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.
The Better Business Bureau
The website appears functioning though there have been no auctions since early February. Live chat doesn't work and they have not returned emailed to get auction codes on items won since September of 2013.
Only gave one star since you have to give something. Won a $10 gift card in December and an iPod with over $200 in January. Kept using live chat and got the same response.. wait 3-5 dats more. Finally on 2/4,i got an email from Zbiddyrewards.com. Filled out the form and waited for email confirmation stating when ut will be shipped. Tried live chst now disabled and website has no auctions. Got an email from zbiddy billing saying they are refunding the cost if iPod but nothing about shipping and handling or missing gift card... the saga continues
Complete and total scam! I won a $10 gift card back in October of last year and still haven't received it. Not only that, but they charged me $79 in bid packs at the time of purchase without my knowledge. When I questioned them about it, they said that I agreed to it in the terms of service. Well, nowhere in the terms of service does it mention that when you win an item you have to buy a bid pack. I even told them about this, but they never respond. They never answer their emails and right now I have an ongoing investigation against them with the Better Business Bureau. They sent the complaint to them back on February 19th, and they still haven't received a response from them. All in all, stay away from this site at all costs, and don't believe the positive reviews people have of this site because they are either representatives of the company, or they don't mind getting money stolen from them.
They are bastards! they took $99 from me with no clear instructions. I am so frustrated. Robbers.
It's definitely a well organized scam. Dinged my checking account for $99 right off the bat. No clear instructions from the site. Felt like a hamster on one those wheels that keeps going round and round. Every time they dinged my checking account I was also charged a fee by my bank.
DO NOT USE THIS SITE.. I used it, won several auctions, received some of the items that I won, but did not receive many more items. I called customer service many times, and they always said, "They will be sent next week". Well, that was last Summer, and I am still waiting. A few other things about the site: If you bid on Ebooks, the ebook site you have to choose from only has old, classic literature, not any new books. Another tidbit: I got charged a small "International Bank Fee" for items that I won, about $1.99 or so, that they tacked on to the charge of each item. I'm not quite sure why, they tried to explain it to me, saying that it was because of their banking issues, but to me, it's just another ripoff. I will never use them again.
Read the fine print, It cost me $79.01 to win a 1 cent auction. don't fall for it.
1) The site is "legitimate." Pay attention to details when you sign up. Read the terms and conditions. Know what you are authorizing or not, and...
2). Understand what these bidding sites actually are; they are highly competitive, not easy to win, almost gambling, game sites. It's entertainment. It's a lottery. You compete to win a prize. And next, about the prizes. ..
3) I have received over 100 assorted items. Ranging from gift cards worth from 25 up to 100 dollars each of gas cards, retail store cards, restaurant cards, Starbucks cards, airline cards. I have received many items, to include a Dyson DC41 Vacuum cleaner, an assortment of headphones, a couple of computer accessories including two excellent monitors and other items. I have won, but not received, both an Apple iPad and iPod. I "won" all these items though hard work; spending hours at the computer, analyzing, developing techniques, timing, and luck. It really is a competition. As in all competitions, there are many losers. To win at all, to participate, you must buy bids. Lots of them. And you may lose them all. It can be very frustrating. Only the strong survive. Most people that stick with it will win something, and many times at a good price. So that's the risk.. Now, all that being said...
Update: All items delivered. The Samsung TV arrived right away, and the delayed Apple products have been delivered! Not only that, I received an even newer model iPad - the iPad Air - than the earlier model listed at time of auction :)
4) There is no problem as previously reported - It was resolved . All items have been delivered. As others had indicated; they had not as of yet shipped out Apple products going back to this past summer. I, too, had been put off exactly as previously described and awaiting resolution. They are still auctioning off Apple products as I write this review. This has been resolved satisfactorily. Additionally, I was just yesterday the winner of a Samsung TV, which I hope to receive within a couple of weeks time at the latest. I'll report back on this, as well.
4) If they resolve this issue, and/or I receive the TV, I'll report that and change the rating up. Obviously, if it's not resolved satisfactorily, or the TV doesn't arrive, I will rate the company down, accordingly.
I get from some of these reviews that it takes time and patience to win. Unfortunately, I have neither. So my goal it to spend all of my bids and get off this site. What I don't understand is how they can charge me shipping and handling for bids I've one. I got charged $2.49 shipping and handling for bids that just got added into my account. That is ridiculous to me. Is it even legal?
I have been trying for over a year to win anything worthwhile on this site. Now it seems the only thing available to bid on is pure junk. They have quit auctioning all but a few gift cards except a few 5 or 10 dollar amt. When you get done bidding on them and pay your delivery charge you are sure to lose money. This site truly is a joke!
Fraud site, they offer nothing and take your money!
My experience is that they are very very slow in delivering products that have been won. With that being said, auctions could be won at reasonable prices if you are patient and watch long enough to understand when and at what prices other bidders get bored and go away. Here are some other tricks that I found that address some of the concerns that others have.
When I signed up, I didn't give them my credit card information because I didn't trust them. I exited at the point that they were asking for my credit card. That was far enough, though, that I was registered and I was able to log into the site without ever buying the initial $99 bid package. I didn't give them any credit card information until after I had won an auction.
There is a Spin The Wheel page where you can win up to 10 free bids a day by spinning a roulette type wheel. You can only do this once in any 24 hour period. The trick is to click on "spin" and if it isn't going to land where you want it, just click any other link prior to the wheel stopping and you can go back and try again. I retry until I get 9 or 10 bids each time.
I have won some good items that have been delivered, but there are some auctions that I won back in December that have still not been delivered and the selection of new auctions has recently dropped to almost nothing. Looks to me like the site is shutting down and I probably won't get the last items that I won.
I have purchased a number of items I won on this site since the beginning of December. Haven't seen anything yet. This site is a rip-off. Don't use it.
16 out of 25 items on the first page are bids. You are actually bidding on buying more bids! 1 item is ebooks that are free on other websites and aps. The books are public domain books. I found this out after I bid and won and paid fro otherwise free books. Another item or two are magazine subsciptions that have a "delivery charge" which ends up making them more expensive than a sale subscription. The ipads and iphones that have a limit ( example $18 max) have been getting bid on in some cases for months. remember, you have to pay for bids whether yoou win or not. Another item is coupons. Yup, you will pay to bid and if you win you will pay for coupons. Coupons are free online and in the paper. So, you pay $99 for bids to bid on coupons, magazines, free books and more bids. This is just my opinion but I wish I didn't waste my money on this turd....
Everything everyone has said in their reviews happened to me; wasted time on the phone, lies, misleading advertising. We can report them to the Department of Consumer Fraud and several others! Please contact me about finding an attorney that will take this case-class action on contingency!
My name is Vanessa L
I have been having an issue getting the items I won and paid. It tookd me two months to get coupons I won. Got these items because I was on the phone on chat with them almost everyday. Then I figured I would give them one my opportunity to make good. I won and item on 11-25-13, 11-26-13 and 11-27-13. As of today I have not received my items that have been paid. I have been in contact with them almost everyday by chat or phone and each time I am told my items are in process. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS WEB AUCTION, THEY VTAKE YOUR MONEY and do not deliver your items. I would give them a negative rating, but does not have that score here.Gave them a one star because I had no option lowwer.
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OK So I have done a little background sleuthing on what is going on with zbiddy and other similar penny auction sites.
This Penny Auction Site zbiddy.com is a HUGE scam.
zbiddy owners plant positive experiences on here (reviewopedia) and on the Penny Auction Watch forums(PAW) to bait people into playing and buying bid packs or to join their site. Buying bid packs to bid on items? What a joke and scam!
And you thought being ripped off 99 bucks upfront was scandalous?
Pshaw! This is just the beginning of your woes! If you were smart enough to REPORT THIS to your credit card company and cut the losses you really haven’t lost that much.
For those of you that chose to use the bids and descend further into this madness here’s the scoop: It’s not even an auction THEY JUST CALL IT that, it’s more like a lottery THAT IS IF IT WAS RUN LIKE ONE, and IT ISN’T!
Go to Flippa[dot]com and search “penny auctions”
There you can see how these operates by the use of controlled bots on autobid to scam any real people into buying more and more bid packs until the reserve price has at least been met for that item that’s bid on. They aren’t in the business to LOSE money and will NEVER sell an item below value. If not enough real people are bidding on a particular item for a while, they will end the auction to a bot name. They will then list the bots name in the “Auction History” section to make it look as if REAL people actually win and auction is honest & fair.
They cheat you and make a killing from people like you that bought into it. Some will even go as far as to advertise on social networking sites such as “FACEBOOK” and write stories of winning items for $4 and so on to get people to join the site.
In fact they are so low that they will create fake accounts with stolen pictures of REAL people to simulate happy zbiddy customers who just got that new in the box PlayStation or iPod.
I call it their, “Fake Social Environment” where they ask and answer their own questions attempting to create an illusion that they are a reputable business like Ebay or Amazon. For example they will say, “I just won 12 Lap Tops for $40 and they all arrived today in factory sealed boxes! I love this site!”
They also run scripts from third world countries which do nothing but spam YouTube and reviewopedia with precanned responses to any critique, for example it will say:
“I guess you need to understand that any penny auction site requires you to buy bids upfront. You need to read the fine print. zbiddy is legit and has been in business for a year”
Anyone can do this… so easy to make money. What these scammers also do is, they MAKE sure that the server that hosts your scam auction is located outside of the USA so you can get around Federal Gambling Regulation laws. If the heat gets to be too much, then they shut the scam auction down and re-open under a new name. There is no way to do anything about them really, because they just keep showing up under new websites and new banners. For example rockybid.com and zbiddy.com and a number of lesser known outfits are all operated by the same people. Both of these um “companies” are under investigation by the Florida Office of the Attorney General
Here’s the copy from their website:
The case file cited below relates to a civil — not a criminal — investigation. The existence of an investigation does not constitute proof of any violation of law.
Case Number: L12-3-1029
Subject of investigation:
Ecom Interactice, LLC d/b/a zbiddy.com
2200 S.W. 10th St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Internet – Penny Auction
Allegation or issue being investigated:
Potential 501.204, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, by penny auction site. Business does not adequately disclose its terms and policies. Consumers allege that they are being charged before granting authorization for payment to zbiddy. Consumers also allege that they are attempting to cancel services and/or request refunds and that they are unable to obtain refunds of unused bids.
I tried to post this information on as many business review sites as possible to warn good honest people and I urge everyone to repost to as many sources as you can.
So rememer how I said that rockybid and zbiddy are run by the same crew?
So here’s the final piece of information I dug up before the leads started to go dark, this one is from the Domain Registration site that currently has this information set to private:
Whois info for rockybids.com
Domain name: rockybids.com
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Benjamin Grossman (email@example.com)
Phone: 718 454 3644
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Benjamin Grossman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Both Rockybids and Zbiddy have now hidden this information using whois guard.
Benjamin Grossman appears to be the money behind both of the rockybid and zbiddy operations but a little company named Ecom Interactice, LLC appears to be registered by one Gilboa Merdinger also known as Gil Merdinger. This character is the one behind this ginormous RIPOFF SCAM. He also appears to own a number other lesser known websites that run essentially the same php web template to cheat you out of your hard earned money.
FBI, FTC and BBB have all been inadequate in dealing with this GIANT SCAM so far and I am not holding out my breath. District Attorney Pam Bondi who is heading the Investigation in Florida is my last hope here.
I shall continue to investigate this string of scams, however I urge everyone who has been taken in this Holiday Season to write an email to Attorney General Pam Bondi.
CONTACT HER HERE: http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Attorney_General
Demand that a criminal investigation be started into Gilboa “the Brains” Merdinger and Benjamin “the Funds” Grossman. The more people she hears from regarding these 2 GIANT SCAMMERS the more chances there are that something is done.
Oh and please feel to REPOST anywhere you like ;)
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