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Friday, January 7, 2011

How Does Quibids Work

How does Quibids Work? This is a question that every penny auction fan is asking. Quibids even answers it themselves on their Quibids 101 page. Read below or go directly to Quibids.com by clicking HERE

How Does QuiBids Work?

QuiBids isn’t your basic online auction model.  It’s a unique, fun, exciting way to take the traditional auction model that’s been around for 100’s of years and spice it up a bit.  With that said, at times there can be some confusion as to how exactly the auctions work.  So, we’ve decided to write a detailed explanation in case you might be confused.


Getting Started

Before you can get in on the bidding, you’ll have to first register an account on QuiBids.  On the home page simply click the “Register” tab on the main tool bar or click on the Orange Button that says “Register Now” on the banner.  Once you finish the process of registering an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail account you provided.  Through this e-mail you can confirm your account.  If you haven’t seen the e-mail from QuiBids, check your Spam folder to make sure that your e-mail program didn’t mistakenly identify it as unwanted.  If your confirmation e-mail did end up in your spam folder, take a moment to add QuiBids to your safe senders list.  Once you have confirmed your account you are ready to buy bids and get started!


Buy Bids

The next step is to buy bids.  There are two ways to buy bids.  You can either buy bids immediately after you register, or you can click the “Buy Bids” tab on the main menu at a later time.  There are 5 different sizes of bid packs to buy.  Most users will start with a Beginner Bid Pack while they try out their first few auctions.  Once you have selected a size of bid pack, just simply add your credit card and billing information and you're almost ready to partake in your first auction!  Remember, when purchasing bids you are buying the right to place bids and each bid is worth $0.60.  Purchasing bids doesn’t guarantee you’ll win, but of course we have the “Buy it Now” feature which we’ll discuss in a bit.


Learning the Ropes

Once you’ve made it this far you will see bids show up in the upper left hand corner of your screen.  This will update every time you place a bid on QuiBids.  Now before you just start bidding, we highly recommend that you take a few minutes to watch a couple auctions and familiarize yourself with the pace and the dynamics of our auctions. On the home page you will see an Ending Auctions section that has the auctions closest to ending.  Each of these auctions has a timer, a price, a bidder name, a picture of the product, and a colored banner with a cent number in the upper left corner.  Here is what it all means.


The Timer

The timer counts down consecutively until it gets below 0:20 seconds.  From that point on the timer will reset to 0:20 seconds giving other bidders the chance to decide to make a final bid.  At first the timer will reset to 0:20 seconds each time a user bids on the auction.  If the auction is still going after a certain number of bids, we drop the timer to where it will reset to 0:15 seconds each time a user bids on the auction.  Finally, if we feel the auction is going on for too long, we’ll drop the timer to where it will reset to 0:10 seconds each time a user bids on the auction. When the timer reaches 0:00 the auction ends and the last person to place a bid wins the right to purchase the item for the final price.


The Price and the Colored Banner with a Cent Number

Each auction has a specific amount that the price increases each time a bid is placed.  On a one cent auction the final sale price will increase by $.01 each time that a bid is placed.  On a two cent auction the final sale price will increase by $.02 each time that a bid is placed.  The price represents what the person who wins the auction will pay if the auction were to end at that point.


Bidding

There are two different ways that you can bid.  The first way to bid is to simply move the mouse cursor over the bid button and click.  Your bid will be recorded and your name will show up as the highest bidder.  Each time that you are outbid by another user you will need to manually click the bid button again in order to bid.

Sometimes there are situations where users need to temporarily take their focus off of an auction but would like to instruct QuiBids to continue bidding for them.  The Bid-O-Matic feature is designed for these types of situations.  Simply instruct the Bid-O-Matic how many bids you are willing to spend and in what price range you

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ZaneyBid Jumps Ship - Unknown if Products Will Ship

I have been unable to contact ZaneyBid.com for the past couple of days. ZaneyBid is completely unavailable and if you go to their website it is like the website doesn't even exist. I first heard about issues with their site from Penny Auction Watch and from Facebook. Customers for the past month have not been receiving their products. Even those that have received the products that they won from the penny auctions, it took 3-4 weeks for them to receive them. "Willie" and "Zaney" have been completely unable to contact. You can try yourself by calling: 405-225-7496 or 1-800-442-5813

This is really unfortunate for the customers of ZaneyBid.com and for all other penny auction sites. ZaneyBid definitely gives penny auctions a bad name.

I am going to add ZaneyBid.com to my list of CLOSED SITES. http://bidpenny.blogspot.com/p/closed-sites.html

You can read more at Penny Auction Watch's forum: http://www.pennyauctionwatch.com/forum/penny-auction-red-flags/10993-zaneybid-com-horrible.html#post93466

Beginner Auction on Quibids.com

I love to recommend beginner auctions to anyone new to penny auctions or new to a specific penny auction site. Several penny auction websites have adapted the "Beginner" auction. I myself first saw it on Quibids.com. Beginner auctions are great because you, a new user to the site, only are competing against other beginners. On Quibids, most of the beginner auctions are lower ticketed items ($25 gift card, Blu-Ray Discs, Bid Packs). Thus, usually you do not need to spend as many bids and as much money on your item. 

Quibids explains their beginner auctions in the FAQ portion of their site. Below is Quibid's description:

What is a Beginner Auction?

QuiBids created Beginner Auctions to offer our new users the opportunity to get their first win while becoming comfortable with the bidding process.  If a user is currently the winning bidder of a beginner auction, they will not be able to place any bids in other beginner auctions.  Once a user has won a Beginner Auction, they will no longer be eligible to participate in Beginner Auctions.

As stated above, beginner auctions are only available to new users. On Quibids, you can only win one beginner auction. Once you have won an auction on Quibids.com you are no longer considered a beginner. You then are expected to bid on all other auctions. 
Visit Quibids.com for further information.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Swoopo on Facebook - Promotions

Swoopo has some terrific promotions listed on Facebook every day. The thing I like about the Swoopo promotions is that they are fun! Swoopo.com offers more bids and promotions than most penny auction sites on Facebook. Each day they have a new unique way to win bids. Below are some examples of the promotions Swoopo offers. 


  • "Today's Promo - Post a positive message about your Swoopo experience on your Facebook wall and whoever gets the most comments will win 200 FreeBids! Just send a screenshot to win@swoopo.com using the subject "Status Update". Comments must be visible so we know Photoshop didn't play a part :) And why not include your re...ferral link so if your friends buy a BidPack, you get 30 FreeBids! "
  • "Today's promo: Place at least 1 purchased bid and we'll give you 5 FreeBids back! Just a note, these won't be credited until Monday the 13th in case you expect them straight away! Click here for more info: http://www.swoopo.com/actions/8059536us.html And don't forget to check out today's Mystery Xmas Auction, bidding s...tarts at 3PM PST. It's free to bid! Winner also gets 40 FreeBids, 2nd place gets 20 FreeBids and eve."
  • "Want to win 100 FreeBids? Just let us know what's top of your Christmas wishlist and we'll pick 3 lucky winners who will each get 100 FreeBids! You can either post directly on our wall, or in reply to this message. Good luck! Winners will be drawn tomorrow."
Visit Swoopo's Facebook page by clicking HERE

Bid2Free Donates 10% of Their Profits

I recently was bidding on Bid2Free's auction website and noticed a very thrilling banner. Bid2Free actually donates 10% of their profits to a non-profit organization each month. That is so AWESOME! They even choose a different non-profit group each month. You can suggest an organization if you would like also. 
You can send requests by clicking  HERE.

Bid2Free.com is a new penny auction website. It is different from other penny auction sites because when you bid the price goes down, not up. The auction also can end in two different fashions at Bid2Free.com. The auction ends when the timer runs out or when the price drops to zero. At Bid2Free you really can buy something for $0.00 and shipping in the US for most items is also $0.00!!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Bid66 Coupon Code

I just received a new coupon code for Bid66.com for the month of January. The Bid66 promotional code is NEWYEAR. The coupon code can be redeemed for 10 free bids and expires on January 31st. Stay tuned for more penny auction coupon codes later this week.

Get your kicks at Bid66!

Monday, January 3, 2011

15 Free Bids at IGotThisCheap.com

IGotThisCheap.com is giving away 15 free bids for anyone that becomes their friend on Facebook. To receive 15 free bids from I Got This Cheap just click HERE and then click on "Add as Friend." Send a message to Igotthischeap.com with your username to redeem the 15 free bids. This is a great penny auction promotion!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Coding Issue Temporarily Closes Bidazzled.com

A coding issue has temporarily closed the penny auction site Bidazzled.com through the holiday season. A message to members on Bidazzled.com reads,

"Update: A coding issue related to our new benefits has not yet been resolved. We will advice all members once the issue is remedied; sadly it likely will miss the holiday season. 
We wish you all a Happy Holiday"

The site has been paused for a number of weeks. I do not know how likely it will be that Bidazzled will be up soon. I hope they do not make it to our closed penny auction site list.

Closed Penny Auction Sites

Below is a comprehensive list of penny auction sites that are closed (out of business). Most of the sites below went out of business due to lack of funding. Like most businesses, penny auction sites lose money during their first year. Sites without personal or financial cash flow close rather quickly. However, some of the sites below were closed due to unethical business practices.
  1. ABCPennyAuctions.com
  2. Auctions24seven.com
  3. Bamdizzle.com
  4. BattyBid.com
  5. Bee-Lucky.com
  6. Bid4Millions.com
  7. BidDango.com
  8. BiddingYard.com
  9. BidForaCure.com
  10. BidForMoney.com
  11. BidFrenzy.com
  12. Bidlew.com
  13. BidMonk.com
  14. BidMos.com
  15. BidMuseum.com
  16. BidMutt.com
  17. BidMyDreams.com
  18. BidNabbit.com
  19. BidNox.com
  20. BidObtain.com
  21. Bidoction.com
  22. BidPenguin.com (URL bought by BidCentz.com)
  23. BidnTime.com
  24. Biddor.com
  25. Bidjam.com
  26. BidKing.com
  27. BidKong.com
  28. BidRaptor.com
  29. Bid-Save.com
  30. BidSaver.com
  31. BidSilly.com
  32. BidSo.com
  33. Bidtoplay.com
  34. BidWinFlip.com
  35. BigDaddyBid.com
  36. Bizaarka.com
  37. Blittzit.com
  38. Blittzpenny.com
  39. BluRayBids.com
  40. BuckBidz.com
  41. Buzzerbids.com
  42. CentMonkey.com
  43. Centy24.com
  44. CheapBids.com
  45. CheapOBids.com
  46. ClassyMaven.com
  47. CpPilotAuctions.com
  48. DFWBid.com
  49. FantasticBid.com
  50. FlyingHighAuctions.com
  51. FooFaRa.com
  52. Froggybids.com
  53. GrabaBid.com
  54. GreenFair.com
  55. GottaNabit.com
  56. Haggle.com (URL sold to Bigdeal.com)
  57. HappyBidder.com
  58. Hasteno.com
  59. HungryHammer.com
  60. iPennybid.com
  61. iscoopthebid.com
  62. KnockOutBid.com
  63. LibertyBids.com
  64. LuckyPrice.net
  65. MadBids.com
  66. MainBids.com
  67. MummyPenny.com
  68. Muulu.com
  69. MyezBids.net
  70. MysticBids.com
  71. PlanetBid.com
  72. PennyBender.com
  73. PennyBidz.com
  74. PennyBiddr.com
  75. PennyJumper.com
  76. PennyPlex.com
  77. PennyPerks.com
  78. PennyScoop.com
  79. PennySold.com
  80. PennyTickBids.com
  81. PennyVacation.com
  82. Pposh.com
  83. PoorDaddyPennyAuction.com
  84. Prestigebids.com
  85. PriceDrip.com
  86. ReetBid.com
  87. Redbid.com
  88. Scoodaloo.com
  89. ShopSmartAuctions.com
  90. SilverBid.com
  91. SimplyBids.com
  92. Snoozem.com
  93. StickyBid.com
  94. Swiftbidder.com
  95. SwipeAuctions.com
  96. SwipeItUp.com
  97. RockyBid.com
  98. TenPence.com
  99. TheAuctionSquirrel.com
  100. Tidbidz.com
  101. UnrealBidz.com
  102. Vuulu.com
  103. WinBidz.com
  104. WinnersMountain.com
  105. Winkbid.com
  106. WormDeals.com
  107. Yippid.com
  108. Yottabid.com
  109. Yellman.com
  110. YouBid4it.com 
  111. ZaneyBid.com
  112. ZipaBid.com


Below is a list of penny auction sites that are currently under construction:

  1. BidDees.com (Closed for reconstruction, site states that it will open this fall)
  2. Biditquick.com (Closed for remodel, site states that it will come back "shortly")
  3. BidZilla.com (Under construction, contact support@bidzilla.com with questions)
  4. BidZirk.com (Under construction, should be up Nov. 2010, but not currently up Jan. 2011)
  5. BidzWiz.com (Under construction, contact Support@Bidzwiz.com with questions)
  6. JackInABid.com (Site paused, claims to reopen in 2011)
  7. PennyWars.com
  8. PlanetBid.com
  9. KnockOutBids.com (Temporarily closed due to legal issues)
  10. Quick2Bid.com
  11. Snaglo.com 
  12. Bidazzled.com

Buy Discounted Bid Packs at SocialPenny.com

If you are interested in purchasing discounted penny auction bid packs take a look at SocialPenny.com. Social Penny sells three types of vouchers for various penny auction sites:
1.) A daily coupon voucher
2.) A weekly coupon voucher
3.) A monthly coupon voucher

Social Penny sells bid packs at a great discount. If  you see a coupon that you would to purchase from SocialPenny.com, just click "Buy Now" and you can buy the voucher using your PayPal account. Social Penny will then give you a coupon code that can be redeemed for the bid pack you purchased once entered into the penny auction site. However, I would recommend that customers research the penny auction site that they are buying bid vouchers for. First ensure that it is a site that you are interested in shopping with and a site that you trust. Visit SocialPenny.com for more information.



To view Social Penny's daily deal please click HERE

BidCactus Coupon Code

Bid Cactus is running a promotion for January 1 and January 2 only. The promotion is for customers new to their site. Use coupon code: AA3K-YP4F will give you 15 free bids with a 50 bidpack purchase.  
Click HERE to visit Bidcactus.com
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