I’m sure you’ve seen some of the ads for the bidding site QuiBids recently. I decided to sign up and check my bidding luck…and got a really great "win."
First, QuiBids is not eBay. Although they’re both auction sites, they operate in totally different ways.
eBay auctions items being sold by individual sellers, whom you rely upon for the item description, whom you pay, and who ship the item to the winning bidder. Items on eBay might be new or they might be used. They might be collectibles or not. Items may not actually sell, as eBay allows sellers to set Reserve (minimum) prices. You decide the price you want to bid, and you bid it. Most significantly, the eBay auction timer is a countdown clock to the end of the auction. You can jump in with a last-split-second bid and win the auction.
QuiBids itself is the seller of the goods on its auction site. Items are brand new and factory sealed with the original warranty, according to the site. (The Apple iPhone 4 that I won surely meets the first two – I haven’t had any need to question the warranty). Also, QuiBids has no reserve prices or minimum ending prices — everything sells. Every bid increases the bid price by $0.01 (one cent)
QuiBids is more like a real auction — the bidding continues until someone wins. The countdown clock is reset with each bid. No last second bid to grab the great deal — the timer resets to 10 seconds (usually 10).
The biggest difference between eBay and QuiBids is that eBay is free to bid. On QuiBids, you purchase "bids" in order to bid on an item. You have to bid more intelligently and strategically, not just bidding to outlast someone else, because it costs you to place a bid on QuiBids. You buy bids in order to place them, and you can even bid on "bid vouchers" to win 15, 25, 50, 100 or 250 bids that you can use to bid on something else.
Big tip: Read the QuiBids 101 to learn about bidding – don’t just jump in and bid.
So far, I’ve won some additional bid vouchers, some gift cards (with and without additional bids included) and an AT&T-version 16GB Apple iPhone 4 for a $26.06 bid price, plus $6.95 shipping & handling. That day, I bid and won two 15-bid vouchers for $.53 and $.56 (counting 50 cent transaction charges) – my total cost, counting the iPhone 4, shipping and the 30 bids I used to buy it ) was $34.10.
I won the iPhone 4 in bidding on a Saturday, it shipped the following Monday and I received it on Friday. I gave it to my son to replace the old first-generation iPhone he’s been using ever since he broke his other cellphone. He backed up his old iPhone, and then hooked up his new iPhone to sync everything onto it. He had to go to the AT&T store to get his old SIM card copied to the new SIM card, since the original iPhone used a different type of SIM card. He’s really happy with the new phone…and I’m jealous.
If you’d like to give QuiBids a try, please use my link below to sign up — if you sign up and buy some bids, I’ll get 25 free bids.