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John"JG" G.

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5 Reviews by John


I've been using Gixen for several years to automate my eBay auction purchases. Sniping at the last moment will often win the auction, if your bid is reasonable, without creating a bidding war as eBay's proxy bidding system often does. The result has been a lot of saved money and time, making the paltry $6 per year charge for the optional double server bidding (called Mirror) well worth it. And, Gixen is FREE if you choose to stay with the standard single server bidding feature.

I have experienced NONE of the alleged problems with Gixen. No password issues. No Paypal funds issues. Every time I use the Gixen service things go without a hitch. I've used the service exclusively with my desktop PC. I cannot speak to the ease of use of Gixen's mobile Android app (free to Mirror subscribers), though I have no reason to suspect it would be any less effective.

Will Gixen win every auction for you? Of course not. A lot depends on the popularity of the item(s) being auctioned, which makes for more sniping & proxy bidding competition, and being sure not to bid some ridiculously low amount that is almost guaranteed to lose. That being said, I've won several auctions at very low prices, but with the knowledge that my bids could easily have been too low to win.

Based on my several years of membership, I highly recommend Gixen as a safe and low-cost way to save BIG on eBay auctions!


Miracle Casters are a 3.75" chair caster wheel which replaces normal size office chair wheels to ease rolling on carpeted surfaces. They say it eliminates the need for a mat, and they also say they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.

So, I ordered 5 and installed them. The chair did roll more easily. I'm very heavy, but these are rated for far more than I weigh. In only 2 days one of the caster wheels fell off, and the chair tipped! It turns out that the caster was NOT broken. The caster, being so large and longer than a standard caster, exerted far too much leverage and busted the caster wheel socket in the chair's base! Just 2 days! (See Photo)

So I emailed the Miracle Caster company and explained the situation. I even attached a photo of the damage it did to my chair base's caster socket. NOTHING. I emailed again to the parent Lifeweaver company. NOTHING! I called them after I found their number in my PayPal records and left a voice mail. NOTHING! I messaged them via their store on eBay. NOTHING! I shipped the casters back to them and called them as soon as it arrived and left a voice mail and an email. NOTHING!

Miracle Caster / Lifeweaver didn't give a hoot about me or my dilemma. All my messages were polite and courteous. I finally had to contact PayPal. They went after Miracle Caster to honor their satisfaction guarantee and Miracle Caster / Lifeweaver finally relented under the pressure and issued my refund (not including shipping). I firmly believe they would NEVER have refunded my money if I hadn't paid via PayPal because they showed a complete lack of concern, and certainly showed no professionalism.

Miracle Casters can cause damage to rolling chair bases, and the Miracle Caster / Lifeweaver company will ignore your emails and try not to honor their guarantee, based on my personal experience.


Tip for consumers:
Based solely on my verifiable, horrible personal experience I strongly recommend AGAINST doing business with Miraclecaster.com or its parent company Lifeweaver.com!!


Despite the problems I note here, I continue to maintain a quality store on eBid.net and remain hopeful for the future. EBid is great in all ways but one - NO SALES! And, if there are no sales then all the other aspects of their service are moot. I am able to sell these items on feeBay without a problem, but all I get are lookers on eBid, and not that many, really. Not even one sale, or question or offer in 4 months, and I offer most items worldwide! EBid refuses to advertise, so the future prospects are just as bleak. It's a real shame for those of us trying to exit feeBay. FeeBay execs must be laughing!

For sellers eBid is a close second to feeBay when it comes to their site sophistication. Listing is a breeze and their search system works nicely. I'll keep praying for better customer traffic.


As a buyer I love eBay and can get great deals - although not as easily as in years past. As a seller I am constantly aware of the high cost of doing business on eBay, so it stands to reason that, as eBay continues to increase my cost of selling, my prices must go up and buyers, like me, can't get as good of a deal as in years past. One simply leads to the other. EBay does a good job of providing a safe buying environment, and their site continually improves with regard to features and ease of use.

On the selling side, eBay has some major issues. EBay now makes profit on the amount charged for shipping – even though sellers like me charge actual shipping COST. Unbelievable! I've read many stories of good sellers being suddenly shut down without any explanation from eBay. Many times these sellers made their entire income from eBay sales. Ebay has been, and is currently being, sued for callous acts of this sort. EBay makes it literally impossible for a seller to give anything but positive feedback to a buyer - even if the buyer is a liar, cheat and overall a--hole. EBay cares 97% for customers and about 3% for sellers. It's virtually impossible to get unfair negative feedback removed from a seller's record because of eBay's gigantic "customer is always right" bias. It's just a sad fact! Problem is, unhappy sellers can make for more unhappy customers.

I urge eBay to consider the once all-powerful Howard Johnson restaurant chain. The owner(s) sat back and counted their money - resting on their sizable laurels. Meanwhile, a guy named Ray Kroc took a small hamburger stand and worked his butt off to build it into a behemoth restaurant chain - never resting and always re-investing his profits into more and more locations. The chain is called McDonald's! By the way, the Howard Johnson restaurant chain, once the country's largest, no longer exists. Not even one location survives! EBay should keep an eye out for all the other web sites vying for the top auction site spot. EBay better not ignore and mistreat their sellers much longer. There WILL be another Ray Kroc out there who'd love to welcome those sellers to his site!

There simply isn't enough room on this page to explain ALL the bad things about selling on eBay. But, their huge size still enables me to make money, so I will keep looking for the right alternative selling site while I swallow my pride as an eBay seller. C'mon Ray Kroc, Jr. Where are you?!?!


For those of us looking to sell on a site other than feeBay, keep looking. Bonanza.com is pretty good as far as ease of listing is concerned, though others are better. And, it is FREE. Where Bonanza falls horribly short is SALES. I sell lots of the same items on feeBay that go completely ignored on Bonanza. Plus, you can't do auctions - only Buy Now for those of you who prefer the auction format. Bonanza does have "Best Offer", but what does it matter when no one is looking?!?! Like eBid.net Bonanza refuses to advertise, so don't look for improved traffic as time passes. My advice is stay away. Thank God Bonanza's free so I'm not paying them for zero sales!

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John G.'s review of Miracle Caster earned 3 Very Helpful votes

John G.'s review of eBay earned 2 Very Helpful votes

John G.'s review of Bonanza earned 8 Very Helpful votes

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