I registered happily and then found out it had taken $99 out of my credit card!After three days of sending them friendly emails asking for a refund I was mad. my daughter Found the customer support number and called it, since she is only 11 she was to scared to yell at the lady, first they offered a gift card and she told her no, then they offered 85% percent back she said no again. Then they told her that it clearly states that you have to pay $99 dollars when you register, she believed them and told me that's when I got on the phone. I yelled at them saying that I wanted my $99 back and that if I didn't I'm taking them to court.They agreed to give my money back.they told me to wait 2-3 business days. It's the second day now, if I don't get my money back I'm calling them back and if I then don't get my money back, they are going to court! DON'T JOIN THIS SIGHT!!!!!
The biggest SCAM! PLEASE don't fall into their trap..... they charged my account $99. I didn't have a clue.... I'm so upset! These people are nothing but thieves! When you do a live chat with them its a pack of lies.... They said they would send me a $100.00 gas voucher. ..that didn't happen...big bunch of liars! Their time is coming, they are a bunch of losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO STAR THEY SUCK SO BAD.DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.NEVER RECEIVED ANY WINS.
Well, I have been dealing with ZBiddy customer Service via internet & on the Phone. I made several inquires for items I have won. MONTHS LATER STLL THE SAME ANSEWER 3-5 DATS ?? THEY MEANT MONTHS,. ok at this point. I go to cancel, to my surprise. they cancel every I have pending. So these employees are sick & the only word they know is I'm sorry I apologize, PLESASE!!! Now the top this one I have written to Delaware location & it came back to me. I live not to far from where they are. In my heart I know they aren't at that location because the USPS agrees, besides the Reps. Do Not Sound Like there From Delaware AT ALL!! SOUNDS Canadian to me, 100% (growing up as a kid been to Delaware spend many of weekends their ) Bunch of dum dums with no answers EVER. . They cancel your items without notice" say that you did so": & the best is I see the REFUND to my charge card !!
I tried this site for about a month. I had some problems and emailed requests for help several times and never received valid answers if any. If you get lucky and win a nice item you probable put out plenty to get it. I won something that I(returant card) that I don't even recall bidding on and got no valid reason why. Their phone help isn't very good either. Their time for bidding or doesn't seem to jive either. I don't even bother to go on site any more.
I have gone on this site twice, 1st time with $99.00 bid point - and never won one single auction. tonight with $180 than gave me 300 auction points -- and again won
nothing. Hence after almost $300. Bucks out the window, I could have purchased
the items that I bid.
BUYERS BEWARE THIS IS A SCAM AND CONTACT YOUR CREDIT CARDS.
I also clicked on the site to just take a look and the next day I was charged 99.00. I did nothing but put in my credit card info and when I found out that I had to pay to bid I got out of the website. I thought I took out my info but I guess it really never comes. I never bid I never purchased bids. They just took my money right out because I checked out the website. I am going to report them to the BBB. This is definitely a fraud. I did not give them the authority to take any money out of my account. I better get that money back.
I accidently went on this site and they charged my acct $99 for something they said I bought, I never bought anything from them and now I can't get out of this stupid site. Help!!!!!!!!!!! This zbiddy sucks. It should never have been on the web, it is a rip-off. Be careful when you hit it, it will suck you in and charge you for nothing.
this web is a totaly fraud stealing money to everybdy
I joined the site due to a $3.00 promotion and they (Zbiddy) over-charged my acct.by $150.00+. I immediately closed the card I had used but it was too late! Now my bank has been disputing the charges and they are saying I will eventually get a refund. I HAVE CALLED THE CO. DOZENS OF TIMES AND LEFT AT LEAST A DOZEN MESSAGES ON THEIR "LIVE " CHAT, WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER, EVER RESPONDED TO!!!!!!! Total FRAUD, TERRIBLE! Sharon A.
I have tried to have that live chat lol with this so called site . They will not return any responce . I have filed with the bbb in my state of Ohio and also with my bank ,who is filling with my card company to get my $99.00 refund. They never said snything about a charge for this . I rate them a big F
They put $99 on my credit card without any warning. I contacted them trying to "buy" a smaller amount of bids...there weren't any. It took more than 2 pages, and an hour, single space "live chat", and many legal threats before they finally agreed to refund my money. Not a legitimate business. Stay away!
This IS A RIPOFF.....DO NOT USE....TOOK $99 FROM MY ACCOUNT AFTER SAYING IT IS FREE.....FACEBOOK AND TWITTER SHOULD BLOCK THIS AS FRAUDULENT AND IF THEY DON'T WE SHOULD SUE FACEBOOK BECAUSE THEY KNOWINGLY SUPPORT THESE RIPOFF MASTERS....GOING TO MY BANK AND FILE CHARGES......
Is there a negative number. THIS IS A SCAM/FRAUD! Stay away from this website! They automatically charge your credit card without giving you warning. They did say I will get refunded in 3-5 business days. (I hope so!). Do NOT have anything to do with this website. It will cause you lots of pain and headache, never mind losing $$$ too.
Ok so idiot number 5,000,000 here. Lol I logged on like the rest of you put my cc in thinking it was to verify my identity and for later if I decided to try it. Bam 99 dollars charged to card. Now my question is did any of you get your money back?
Zbiddy advertises selling items such as iPods for $29. Sure they do ... the only catch is that you have to pay 60 cents every time you bid. The way they make their money is capping the bid at $29 and letting everyone bid themselves into an early bankruptcy by clicking the BID button. By the time it's over there will be HUNDREDS of bids for the item at that capped cost and zBiddy makes off with five or six times what an iPod would cost if you went to Best Buy.
One also must look at the inventory of material they sell. Up front they tell you about computers and cameras and consumer electronics but in reality, 90% of what they sell are more bid packages, restaurant cards and other material worth nothing close to the value attached to it. STAY AWAY!
DON'T EVER use this website; it is a total ripoff. You sign up, give credit information thinking it's like PayPal - then they nab you for some $99 bid package automatically
Had to fight to get a refund , But when I said I would just go to PayPal and file the claim since the card was Paypal I got thru to them and the refund was a done deal.......
DON'T EVER use this website; it is a total ripoff. You sign up, give credit information thinking it's like PayPal - then they nab you for some $99 bid package automatically. Then, when you dispute their transaction, they refuse to refund your money, despite 3 "logos" promising 100% satisfaction. I doubt I'll ever see my money again, but this place is totally fraudulent and a complete rip off!
SCAM of all scams. I got a text message, responded to it. It said I got free bids, but they ended up costing me $97.00. I complained and they offered a $100 gas card. After almost 2 months, I got a voucher for $10 rebate on gas. You will get 10 $10 vouchers, but can only use 1 at a time. I sent my first one in and have waited 2 months for the voucher.
I also "bought" 4 gift cards $10, $10, $25, $25. I didn't win the auction, but used the "Buy It Now" option. It has been 3 months and I haven't received a thing, not even a response to my numerous emails.
Stay away from this website, unless you are a hacker and can bring this site down!!
This is THE WORST online bidding site...they have no products worth 1/2 of what they say they are worth, the couple I did win arrived a month after paying for them, and only after many contacts to their customer service department. The poor girl who has that job should get a raise as obviously those who run the Bull$#*! site don't give a damn about customers or feedback. Check out the BBB rating on this company and you'll see they currently have 186 complaints against them, one more as soon as I go file mine !!
2 Questions & Answers
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phone: 718 454 3644
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Benjamin Grossman (email@example.com)
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 ;)
Zbiddy on Social MediaTwitter
Related Articles and Tips
You've heard the horror stories and have been told be to careful on eBay, but is fraud really so common these days? The...
A penny auction is a special kind of online auction that allows sellers of expensive items to offer them for pennies on the...
Lotteries, card games and slot machines are all forms of gambling, but the odds are usually clear and most are regulated by...
Online Auctions – Reviewed By Consumers
Business owners: What’s your side of the story?
Manage your business