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What is QuiBids?

QuiBids is a fun, fast-paced auction website where shoppers can score popular products at absurdly low prices.

As the leader in entertainment shopping, they auction items such as MacBooks, smart phones, HDTVs, gaming consoles, movies, kitchen appliances, designer bags, other electronics and more.

On QuiBids.com, each bid costs $0.60. These bids are pre-paid and placed in your account. When you place a bid, a maximum of 10-20 seconds is added to the timer – to give someone else the chance to bid if they’re interested. This is similar to the “Going Once…Twice…SOLD” approach of auctions. If no one else bids and the timer reaches zero, that means you’ve won a sweet deal!

QuiBids eliminates losing, thanks to the “Buy Now” feature. Any time a user participates in an auction but fails to score a deal, he or she can choose to buy the product for a discount using Buy Now. This excellent feature helps to limit bidding losses, and guarantees bidders will never have to pay more than the Value Price for any products on QuiBids.

Free Shipping is also included on the website, making it an excellent place for new and experienced bidders to play.

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QuiBids

Website Name: QuiBids.com
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Contact Information

  • Phone: 405-253-3883
  • Address: 4th NE 10th, Suite 242 / Oklahoma City, OK 73104
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Bid Cost: .60 cents

Special Features

  • Buy Now Option
  • Free Shipping
  • QuiBids Achievements & Games

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QuiBids Strategy Tips

Cheaper products often go for cheap.
As a beginner, you shouldn’t be targeting high-ticket items such as TVs, laptops or iPods. Start with smaller items and work your way up the food chain.

Bid like you mean it.
It usually takes more than one bid to win, so convince your opponents that you’re willing to compete and your odds of winning may increase. If you jump from auction to auction, you’ll burn those bids quickly and you’ll have nothing to show for it.

Purchase Penny Wise.
This comprehensive guide will take you from beginning to winning. Written by a penny auction pro and former journalist, Penny Wise will help you win more often and save more dollars.

Read our bidder interviews.
There’s much to learn from the experiences of others. Hear what real bidders have to say about their experiences at QuiBids and other penny auction websites.

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65 Responses to QuiBids

  1. Teresa February 12, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    Quibids is a fun auction site, and their shipping is lightening fast. I would recommend it to everyone!

  2. JW February 28, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    I’ve won 6 or 7 items on Quibids. Very busy at night, lots of competition. But if you pick the right auctions you can have some success.

  3. Cindy March 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    I found quibids a couple of weeks ago, and was at my 8 win limit within a couple of days. Not any big wins yet, but maybe soon. No problems with shipping either. I really like the buy-it feature if you loose the auction, and their customer service is excellent!!!!

  4. Jt April 14, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    The problem with this site is the bidder has NO WAY of knowing when the auction will actually end after the countdown hits the 10 second mark. It could be within three minutes, as was the case on a $50 gift card auction I watched. Or it could be 6 hours. I watched this auction on an iPad yesterday. How fair is that? People were throwing bids out left and right, until they used them all up, NOT KNOWING that the 10 second count was going to go on for another 6 hours.
    Stay away from quibids.

  5. Charles May 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Do you know of a penny auction site that limits the time?

  6. JM May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Super scam for sure. Dropped 90 bucks on “bids” and watched a few gift card and “bid pack” auctions, one time I hit bid at the last second, the thing froze and the previous person won.

    Another time I was watching multiple gift cards, the one I was bidding one, i missed by 2 seconds and someone got a 200 card for 3 bucks; magically the next 200 card was already up to 30 dollars and going strong!

    I put in two early bids on an iPad and Macbook, the time kept INCREASING even without any additional bids after mine! Yeah that’s “honest.”

    I do believe people “win” but after the expenses of transaction fees, buying bids, and actually paying for the prize and shipping you may pay just as much if not more for the item. Some may get ultra lucky and happen to click “bid” at the last second when someone lapses and wins, but usually it just glitches up and ends suddenly or goes on for hours.

  7. penny-auction-expert May 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Hey JM,

    We post comments freely, knowing that some penny auctions could be frustrated with us not censoring out accusations/frustrations.

    It sounds like your experience with Quibids hasn’t been very good so far. Their site is one of the busier penny auctions out there, so the time of day when you bid is an important factor to consider. I would also mention that their Bid Pack auctions are notoriously tough to win.

    To conclude, Quibids does meet all of our strict auction standards, and we’re confident that they are running an honest penny auction. At the same time, we appreciate honest feedback and we wish you the best.

    The Penny Auction List

  8. Ginger June 7, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Quibids is definately a scam. You can watch 50 alike gift cards and they will “sell” right in front of your eyes for 17 cents, but miraculously as soon as you bid on one, that particular one out of 50 zooms up in price so even if you could possibly win it, it would cost more than to just buy it. You cannot use the “buy it” feature with the vouchers even though they cost as much as the real ones.

  9. Ana June 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    QUIBIDS, is gambling and not auction. I fell for it and now I am out $45.00 of my hard earn money. In a real auction you bid and you pay only if you get the item. Here you pay for bidding. That is gambling. You are paying for thin air, nothing. Do not fall into this trap. My lesson cost me $45.00, hope you learn by others experience.
    They ask you to buy bids first, I should have known better, I thought they just wanted to be secure you will pay for the stuff you get but no, they make you pay for every time you bid.

  10. John June 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Ana,

    Did you in all actuality not understand how Quibids worked before you started bidding? If it was too difficult for you to grasp from simply looking at the home page, then they also have a nice “Quibids 101″ section that explains how the auctions work. I understand that you might be unhappy about not winning an item and losing money, but stating that you “fell for it” is equivalent to saying you tripped over your shoe strings because you didn’t know they were supposed to be tied.

  11. Nadine June 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I recently caught the Penny Auction bug and I’ve been kicking myself for the money I’ve lost on various sites. So far Quibids has been my best experience yet. I won my 3 item limit the first time I tried it. I spent about 4 times more at for10cents and not a thing to show, same for several others. Yes, you are taking a chance and it’s somewhat like gambling. Explore the site thoroughly and read everything before you buy bids. Those that complain the most didn’t usually didn’t understand exactly what they are getting into.

  12. Mark June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    In the past week, I bought a variety of gift cards with the Buy it Now option after bidding and not winning. I also failed to win some gift cards that I did not end up buying at retail price. On the other hand, I won two $15 Amazon cards for only a few bids, making a net profit of about $23 after the cost of my bids, the final price and shipping. Overall, I spent $304.09 and will be getting $280 in gift cards to Amazon and Walmart, and I had already planned to spend that $280 and more for needed items in the next month.

    So I lost about $25 trying to save money. I also encountered some of the strange selling prices on identical items, especially when I was involved in the bidding and there seemed to be no ceiling on what other people were willing to bid. There were definitely times when I thought I was competing against bots, but when I won those two cheap Amazon gift cards, other people just gave up on them when they were still very low priced. I would say overall that my experience was more frustration than fun. I think the most important thing for people who want to try QuiBids is to be ready to buy the item at retail price if they invest a lot of “real” bids on the item. Which is why I focused so much on gift cards that I knew I would use anyway. Some retail prices for hardware and other products on the site are overpriced, but others are pretty close to what you would pay at Target or even Walmart.

  13. Luis July 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    I just saw a 16GB ipad listed on QuiBids as retail: $699. Everyone knows that ipads START at $499, even the 3G ipad with 16GB memory is only $630. Tell me this: if you aren’t even honest about your pricing, HOW can you explain that you’re honest about anything else, anything at all?

  14. Luis July 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Also, I do wonder why when looking at completed listings you see some auctions for expensive items ended mysteriously low, but it feels like the one you yourself get involved with is always the popular one. What’s up with that? I guess everyone with a brain must of glanced just like you did at the exact same item at the exact same time! And what really kills me are the testimonials. When they have to try so hard to convince you that you can WIN BIG on VERY LITTLE, it feels just like a get-rich-quick-scheme. Now, having said that, wouldn’t you think a site acting ethically would say to themselves “Gee guys, don’t these testimonials come off a little underhanded, a little ‘alterior motive?’ I think an honest site would want to make every effort to NOT appear like a dishonest one. But that’s just my opinion, right?

  15. AirBids July 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I also went onto Quibids because one of my friends recommended. Was cautious at first and watching the movements. I am also down $45 while buying bids and one of the Target cards that I paid more than the value of the card.

    What is the guarantee that they don’t have some bot that keeps on bidding to make sure that they don’t lose money on an item. Only when the value of all bids placed by genuine bidder exceeds their cost, will the bot move out and let the bidders fight it out. You have no way of finding out the genuineness of other “bidder”.

  16. larry August 14, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    the auctions are good,, but customer service is awful,,I don’t think they have a customer service rep,, I been emailing and trying to get a rep online, but haven’t,,whats going on here??

  17. tyler September 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    hey luis recheck ur prices and the product it might have been a 64gig ipad which is 699.99. gosh why are there so many bad comments about Quibids its an honest site. Sorry if some of the bids you guys used freeze its not always Quibids, your internet freezes sometimes too. Some people do five bids at a time so if there fat or bored or have nothin else to do so why do you think its a scam.
    Just to make my point Im pretty sure its not a scam because i did the math on one of the 13 macbook pros, and The Bidding price was only at about 70, and Quibids had already made 4,000 dollars.
    you could buy the ac for 70 dollars, saving over 1000!, and Quibids still makes over 4,000.
    Which is why I like Quibids and websites like it eeryone makes or saves money, in this case you save over 1 grand and the website makes about 2 or 3 grand in profits… pretty sick if you ask me.

  18. klpmil September 19, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    I was suspicious of the bid packages and the user names that seemed to have unlimited voucher bids and showing up a lot winning the voucher bids. I started searching when I lost to someone with a user bidztoburn. Take my advise you don’t stand a chance against those that pay very little for their bids and their winning a lot of auctions.

  19. Edmund Coplen September 28, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Cool site
    Nevertheless, the “buy it now” price for ipads is 200$ higher than the prize at apple.com definitely not the retail price.

  20. bogene November 24, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    after reading all of this i am not joining. there is a high majority of negativity in real users and super high advertising hype. thank you everone

  21. Fernando December 23, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I used to think Quibids was a respectable site, but look closely and they make it really difficult to contact customer support. When you call them expect to be on hold for 20-30 minutes.
    I recently did a “buy it now” on an Ipad 32 gb and am still waiting on the order almost 3 weeks later and was promised a tracking number via email last week and am still waiting for it as well.

    Also don’t fall for the “recently auctioned” for $2-$3 on the main page, it’s a good way to reel you in but in reality I’ve never been present at an auction that’s worth it that doesn’t go over $50.00, but you can be the judge of that.

  22. Ed December 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I’ve been using Quibids for about 3 weeks. I love the Watch List feature. For example it allows you to track specific types of auctions for the next hour and watch the progression of bidding. As a data kind of person, I enter bidding histories onto a spreadsheet for different times of day, so I can compute the average number of bids and the best time of day to bid. Quibids should advertise that they have hundreds of live or pending auctions!!

  23. Ed December 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    BTW…..why isn’t someone mentioning that it is false advertising to state that you can get a great product for “pennies on the dollar?” It’s the cost of the bids that kills you and is the REAL cost. If you win a auction for a $50 dollar item for $30.44 that means that there were 3,044 bids! If there are an average of 10 bidders, that means @ 300 bids per person, costing @ $200!! and the losers LOST $200 on the auction!!

  24. laura January 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    If you go to
    http://www.quibids.com/?refer=3274827
    and type in “winbig” when you sign up for a bidpack you will get 5 extra free bids. =) I did!

  25. Jason January 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Quibids is GAMBLING!!! You will lose your money on Quibids faster than you would to a Las Vegas slot machine. This site has a goal to make a MINIMUM of 3000% profit on each item. A $600.00 laptop computer will net Quibids a whopping $18,000.00. They use shill (fake) bidders and bots to run up the price until their goal is met. You’re not bidding on an item, you’re wasting your time and money. They have a price set before you ever sign up. No legitimate auction would force a bidder to pay 60 cents for each penny they bid, but Quibids does. If you spend money on Quibids, you are a fool and you deserve to lose.

  26. penny-auction-expert January 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    @Laura,

    We have no problem with you putting your referral link here, just make sure that users know that you get 25 free bids if they sign up using that link.

    Thanks for including that promo code as well.

    Penny Auction List

  27. penny-auction-expert January 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    @Jason,

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Quibids runs on a penny auction business model, so there is an element of risk for anyone who decides to play. To their credit, they do offer a “Buy it Now” option on every auction, which keeps users from losing the money they invest.

    Accusing Quibids of shill bidding isn’t helpful unless you can specifically document them acting in this way. Your comments seem somewhat suspicious in that you know about shill bidding but you pretend that any site using a paid auction model must be a scam.

    Either way, we always encourage users who are opposed to the penny auction concept to stay away as there can be an element of risk.

    Penny Auction List

  28. Chris S. January 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Quibids honestly is’nt the devil you make them out to be. They clearly tell you before you bid on something that if your not willing to pay full retail than don’t start bidding. Ive won a $2000 MacBook Pro for a grand total of $85. On the other hand I just recently had to pay full price for an IPad using Buy-It-Now. Which yes their retail price is higher than Apples “before tax” price on the ipad but then quibids didn’t charge tax so it pretty much equaled out to what i would have paid at Apple. You call it a scam when you have to pay full price but ultimately if you stick to the auction until you win or you choose to buy it with your bids than Quibids doesnt profit off of your dollar. The only way they are making so much money is because people start bidding away at something and then quit. When you quit you hand them your money for free.

    Before you bid start reading about how it works, get familiar with the site and don’t go out there bidding on things that your not willing to actually buy. And if you do, don’t complain when someone else outbids you because even if you loose and pay full price than oh well you were going to buy it in the store anyway.

  29. linda January 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Quibids is scam! Watch the time clock VERY, Very closely and see what it does. Just isn’t ethical. DO NOT PLAY QUIBIDS that is unless you have LOTS of money to loose.
    You guys should be reported. When I was involved in the bidding and there seemed to be no ceiling on what other people were willing to bid. There were definitely times when I thought I was competing against bots,

    What is the guarantee that they don’t have some bot that keeps on bidding to make sure that they don’t lose money on an item. Only when the value of all bids placed by genuine bidder exceeds their cost, will the bot move out and let the bidders fight it out. You have no way of finding out the genuineness of other “bidder”. Fake bidders and bots to run up the price until their goal is met. You’re not bidding on an item, you’re wasting your time and money. They have a price set before you ever sign up.

  30. tconn January 9, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Quibids is similar to a fencing operation in that one person benefits from many people’s contributions. Sure, you can use what you spent in bidding with the buy-it price but you’ve also invested (usually) a lot of time just to pay retail, or, walk away and hand over money for nothing. Who has time to spend on the computer not daring to do anything else for a relatively small necessity/want? If it’s a large ticket item ($1700.00 Canon camera), 17 hours was the auction duration! Do the math for Quibid’s take (in bids)on the $400.00 final winning bid!

  31. g&t January 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    It’s hardly doubtful that anybody pays over the retail value of the item they have bid on with Quibids. I’ve been in two auctions that I was told I had reached the limit the item was worth and to waite for the end of the auction to “buy it now”. I was only charged the shipping at that point because I had already payed for the item. For each one cent bid places equals sixty cents payed twards the item. Read the Quibids 101 people, it tells you all of this.

    For granted, I made the same mistake as others. It is busy at night and if you are not willing to pay the price of a high dollar item at retail value, don’t bid during peak times.

  32. Nancy January 18, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    I like Quibids. It is a very nice site with beautiful pictures. Plenty of auctions. The first time I joined I was exited because at first they make it easy for you to win cheap bidvouchers and gift cards and I invited all my friends. Soon I learned that it was not that easy I was discorage lost and leave it for ever. One day I got an e-mail that I had 25 bids from a referral so I visited the site again. I didn’t know the 250 voucher bid was though to get and started bidding, the bids started to go fast so I just set the bidomatic and left to my surprise, I won!! I stared to bid again and was losing all the bids so I said, no this is not for me. I decided to put the bidomatic in a iPad when I noticed that they have like 24 iPad auctions everyday. Oh, well… I thought. If this auction ends when the price gets between 8-12 dollas I might get this 16 gb iPad. And put the bidomatic with 25 bids. Turned the computer of and leave. When I checked later on I had won the iPad. I started biding again with no luck. I put some more bidomatics to work overnight with no luck either. I won some voucherbids auctions just to lose them again trying to get more bids. So that is my story. Here is my referral link. http://www.quibids.com/?refer=1716848
    Type the promo code: winbig for 5 extra bids. I wish I can have more free bids to play but I know is not easy to win. My advice is this:
    Buy the small package. You are going to get 45 bids (0.60 cents each). They will redirect you to the beginners page. Once you make your first win in there you won’t see this page ever again. This helps you to get voucher bids. Bid those voucher bids as you please but the bids that you bought will be the last 40 something bids those bids are real bids worth 0.60 cents each. Use those to buy gift cards so you can get your 27 dollars back. Focus in getting your 27 dollars back. So you don’t lose your investment. That way you might not win but you won’t lose either. And you can experience Quibids. Anything can happen.

  33. Matthew January 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I have been using quibids for a few weeks and I love it! I purchased 60 bids at their price and concentrated on winning bid packs at certain times. I am up to over 200 bids now without purchasing any additional ones from them. I have also managed to win a few gift cards along the way. I would say know the risks before entering the arena. They clearly details all the rules of the game so it should be your job to do your due diligence and decide whether you’re willing to take the risk. My experience has been great! Cheers!

  34. john kerbow January 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    I only wish i had an unbelievable money making machine as this.I have wittnessed and read everything two or even three times, and i love it . This is a discount savings auction if thats how you play or its gambling if thats your approach. Either way it takes all kinds and im ready to go buy stuff i really want and would buy any way see ya

  35. sharon February 5, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    want to canel and get my money back of 6o.00 dollars

  36. Jimmie Howard February 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I admit this is one of the touchiest sites I have been part of. I won 3 really great deals on gift cards for pennies on the dollar. Then again I spent a ton of money bidding on a couple cameras and didn’t come anywhere near winning them. I was smart enough to watch the # of bidders and etc and not just hitting the bid button. I still dumped a ton of money into the system. It is addicting I think the only draw back is you can only win 8 items of certain value per month and etc. I would like to be able to win more smaller items and keep the limit on the big ticket items. I don’t know if I will ever be able to recoup my money I put out on the cameras. It will be a test to see if I come back simply cause you can dump 45.00 in minutes and come out empty handed. Then again you can spend 10.00 and come out with a 200.00 item.

  37. cshelton February 11, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Lets face it ! It is gambling, and lots of people love throwing away money at a gambling place. Here at least you have an opportunity to Buy-it-Now, which some physical thing you can get. Otherwise it is a game, full of excitement and knot in your stomach. If you don’t like to gamble it is definitely not for you!

  38. Queen Acid February 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Hey my experiance was helpful and fun. I realized what I was getting into and only spent 45 dollars. I won a 50 bid lot in the beginner section worth $30 dollars and I won a 10 dollar amc theater gift card worth $10 plus 15 bids worth $9. So I lost all my bids bidding but in reality I only lost 4 bucks in acual money. The good thing is it gave me a great idea to start my own penny bids web site. Quibids is making out like a rockstar. I seen a 55 inch plasm go for 340.00 dollars. At 1 cent a bid x .60 = $20,400. So thanks quiBids for giving me hope of being a rich man someday. Look out QuiBids for your going to have some competition on your hands in the near future. In all honesty any penny bid site is just legal gambling but it’s fun. Good luck people and I’ll post a new link when my website is up and runnig in a few months. wooooo hoooooo!!!!

  39. Rick February 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    How can you people sleep at night knowing you are stealing money from hard working people. I feel sorry for the older people losing thier money on this site. You don’t really think you can get a $500.00 IPad for $70.00 do you? Someone needs to do something about this SCAM!!!!

  40. Mike March 6, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    At first, I learned an exspensive lesson with quibids. Unless you’re willing to buy the item, don’t bid on it. You can spend a lot of money throwing away bids on an item in which over 100 people are bidding on and trying to win. The odds are not good.
    I’ve been sticking to the lower amount gift cards and a few other items winning on a regular basis. I have an index card holder full of gift cards anywhere’s from $10-$100 that I won for a few cents each. I’ve been using the same 100 bids I started with for all of these. You have to learn when and how to bid on these.
    I love the site and educating yourself is the key to winning.

  41. Aaron March 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Currently on Quibids. There is obviously a fair amount of “fake” bidders out there employed by Quibids. I am on an auction right now and one particular bidder candycardz has been bidding on the “Disney” resort package for 7+ hours and bidding at least 5-7 times per minute. If bids cost $.60 each and the auction “Buy it Now” price is set at $3999.99 this bidder has already burned minimum $1260 on this auction.

    I am highly suspicious that anyone would pay $1260 in bids with no guarantee of winning an item.

    Approach with caution.

  42. penny-auction-expert March 27, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    @Aaron,

    Though it seems crazy for someone to invest that amount of money in bids, there are two things you should probably take into account:

    1. Quibids has many bid voucher auctions, which means its possible for users to be playing with bids they didn’t pay full price for.

    2. If someone was planning to pay to go on this trip anyhow, it might make sense for them to try and win it for cheaper, but in the worst case scenario, use the bid to buy option and pay retail.

  43. Scott N March 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I signed up for QuiBids about a month ago. I studied the site, tracked several auctions and picked a strategy. I would bid on $25 gift cards that had no bids and were nearing the auction end. I won a few gift cards this way and was pleased enough with the experience to recommend it to a family member…. She signed up and had a similar experience. All of a sudden the number of auctions available dropped significantly and the competition increased dramatically. I contacted her to see if she was seeing the same thing and she was. Based on both of our observations I decided to start researching to find out what happened. I thought maybe they had not been profitable enough and so they cut back on the number of auctions to increase the number of bidders per auction and therefore increase revenue and profit.

    As it turns out they are doing something much more deceptive. They are luring in new customers by allowing them access to a huge number of auctions where it is very easy to win. Once you have gotten a taste for the site and maybe referred some friends and family they move you to a mirror site. It looks the same, it feels the same, it has the same address in the browser window, except that there are less than 20% as many auctions to bid on. What QuiBids is doing is hooking it’s customers by giving them a few good deals and then putting them onto a mirror site where the competition is fierce and the odds of winning are stacked against you. It’s much like a drug dealer giving it away for free up front and then jacking up the rates later on. The difference here is the druggie knows he’s paying more, QuiBids doesn’t ever mention the fact that they are funneling you to a site where your odds of wining are dramatically reduced.

    To be more specific, today I went to the QuiBids website from my work computer to check if they were hiding auctions from veteran bidders. It turns out they are. When I went to the site a few minutes ago they showed 2,246 active gift card auctions and 1,199 recently completed auctions. I logged in and those numbers immediately dropped to 431 active gift cards and 384 recently ended. I checked before logging in and there was a significant number of gift card auctions ending in the next 5 minutes. Upon logging in there were none except those in the last 20 seconds. I logged out but the lowly numbers remained. It seemed they were able to tell it was still me even though I wasn’t logged in anymore. I realized at this point they were using tracking cookies so I went into my browser settings and cleared my cookies and went back to the site. Low and behold there were again 2,246 active gift card auctions and 1,199 recently completed auctions. To further test the theory I clicked on a gift card that I knew wasn’t showing up on my logged in version of the site and it showed up as a regular auction. I clicked bid and it asked me to log in. Once I logged in that item was gone and I could not find it on the home page or the gift card page (as I was back to 431 auctions instead of 2,246).

    Upon web searching it seems that a few other savvy users have noticed this as well and are trying to let others know. Unfortunately they are no match for the sea of new users. Add to that their strategy of letting you win a few first which gets you hooked and helps them get positive reviews and it becomes an incredible uphill battle to inform the public. There have to be thousands if not more users who are probably getting screwed over by QuiBids as we speak.

    The reality is a company that mistreats is customers won’t be a company for long. They can thrive on new users greed but only for so long. Either they will have to stop this manipulative business practice or they will not make it. Time will tell.

    If you have won a few auctions and have now noticed a dramatic increase in competition you are probably bidding on the mirror site. If you would like to see the auction hiding for yourself you simply have to clear your browsers cookies. I don’t know what browser you use but it’s a pretty simple process.

    Chrome: Press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE and leave the Delete cookies and other site data checkbox checked and select from the beginning of time in the drop down.

    Firefox: Pres CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE and leave the Cookies checkbox checked and select Everything for the time period.

    If you are one of the targeted users (which I assume many of you are) then you can follow my steps above to see first what auctions are out there and then what auctions are available to you after logging in.

    I’m unsure whether this is illegal or just deceptive but either way the public deserves to know they are signing up to be duped.

    Caveat emptor my friends!

  44. penny-auction-expert March 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Scott,

    Thanks for the well-written explanation. We’ve seen video footage of this as well.

    Quibids terms and conditions allows them to selectively segment their auctions to different user groups. As you mentioned, this could be used to make competition more fierce for experienced bidders.

  45. Scott N March 31, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    When confronted with this fact I got the generic marketing fluff response I’ve seen them use elsewhere on the web:

    “Based on feedback from our customers, we have found that customers typically don’t want to see an increase in their competition as QuiBids’ popularity continues to grow. QuiBids has so many auctions ending at the same time that we can’t simply show each customer all auctions. This means that, although you may not see every auction, others may not see your auctions either, giving you the best possible chance of winning a great deal.

    Our number one goal is to maintain a great user experience for all customers, along with balancing heavy strain on our servers. If the product you want is currently not showing, please continue to check back as new and exciting products will be added frequently!”

    1. They say they can’t show each customer all auctions yet they have no trouble showing all new accounts all of the auctions.

    2. I have checked with several users who are now in this “veteran” group and we are all being funneled to the SAME EXACT AUCTIONS. This proves their “others may not see your auctions” statement is absolutely false. All veterans can see your auctions as you’ve been funneled to the same ones and all new users can see your auctions as they can see all auctions. It is not random, they are forcing every one of us veterans to bid on the same few auctions.

    3. I understand from time to time there should be an increase in competition as more users sign up. A reputable business would then add additional auctions to balance out the new bidders. Instead they do the exact opposite. They take all of the veteran users and cram them into less than 20% of the auctions offered. The reason they do this is because these users are already hooked and think they can win again like they have been. They have no idea that the game has changed, that the rug has been pulled out from under them, that they have been stuffed into a few overcrowded auctions and their odds of winning have dropped dramatically.

    You can tell they know this is deceptive as they don’t tell you when they switch you to the veteran site.

    As the email above shows, they try to cover it up when asked about it. They bury a CYA (cover your ass) statement in their terms and conditions under the Special Promotions section that says:

    “QuiBids reserves the right to show additional and/or different auctions to You at QuiBids’ sole discretion.”

    Translation: We can (and as evidenced so far will)cram you and all the other users who have won a few auctions into just a few of our auctions so that we can make significantly more money while you lose significantly more money.

    If operated properly they should be able to make a very decent profit without discriminating against their customers. What is happening instead is an example of extreme greed.

    If just one person reads this and avoids this scam then I will feel as though I’ve helped.

  46. myadvice April 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Lets face it… they are out to make money or they wouldn’t be in business. Just like betting at the Casino… some gamblers have skill (from experience) and some have luck but the Casino is always going to make sure they don’t lose more than they make! Here’s my advice…. start out bidding on items that you would normally plan to buy anyhow. Like gift cards that you can use for restaurants: Outback Steakhouse or retails stores: Walmart, CVS, Target. That way if you lose the auction… you can use “buy it now” to apply the bids you lost towards the purchase of the item. I shop at Target & CVS so when I first started “playing” in the penny auctions… I bid on those items so I wouldn’t lose money. They also make nice gifts for birthdays and Christmas, which I would have bought for my family anyhow. Another way to play the game is bid in auctions that offer additional vouchers with the item and always bid less than that amount. For example if you win by bidding 10 times and it offers 25 vouchers then you haven’t lose any bids and you’re still ahead of the game. If you lose… then just apply the bids towards the purchase. If you plan to buy a high priced item like an iPad or TV then it’s a great way to get the item for much less than retail. Do the math and check prices before you bid. I usually check to see what it would cost on eBay first because you seldom have to pay full retail on anything anyhow. If you don’t like taking chances avoid them all together. But if you have a gambling streak and it’s “fun” to you… then try your luck. Because that’s about all it is… LUCK! Nobody knows when the clock is going to stop or who is going to decide to stop bidding first. It’s different for every auction. I’ve seen the same item go on for several hours and then the exact same item ended in a few minutes. I avoid the auction websites that don’t offer the “buy it now” feature since that’s just like throwing your money away.

  47. dan April 5, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    like scott said, they are pulling a scam by redirecting u to more challenging auctions for the veterans… simple way to beat this is to create a new account after clearing cookies

  48. Gina G April 20, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Excellent job Scott! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I was coming here to explain the exact same scenario, and I couldn’t have done it better than you. Let me add though, that I beleive a bidder is considered a “veteran” after you win your first 6 auctions. When I joined, I won gift cards of various amounts, some with free bids attatched… and incredibly I won each by only placing one bid. I joined mid-week during the day when traffic was most likely lower. I even witnessed auctions ending with no bids at all! Days later (after my 6 wins), I never saw those kinds of occurrences. In fact, my bids (which had now accumulated to 160) dwindled quite rapidly… and I was still bidding on gift cards and occasionally a small ticket item. I started to get a little suspicious, when I stumbled upon what you described, quite by accident at my boyfriend’s. I went to the Quibids site and imagine my excitement when I saw there were nearly 600 listings… and there were those incredible gift card deals again! Of course, they all dissappeared once I logged in… and those 600 listings? They now dropped to just 200.

    I really wish Quibids would allow everyone to participate in ALL auctions. I realize they need to be profitable, but they are more than making up for it when you consider the amount of bids on some items, especially the big ticket ones. I enjoyed it while it lasted, But it quickly became frustrating instead of fun.

  49. John Sukowaty April 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I have read all the comments here and there is a lot of information, some very important for new people. All of this is good information for those that have not spent money on bid packs, yet.

    Thanks!!

  50. annonymus May 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I use quibids. They are liars. I have broken even with all my payments and am up 4 dollars. Now that i am making money, I am being shown different auctions. Now, 10-15 dollar gift cards dont sell for less than a dollar. Suprise, surprise, when i go on their site on another computer, not logged in, 10 dollar gift cards sell for less than a nickel again.

  51. Mwnye1954 May 3, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    I’ve participated in about 50 auctions over the last couple of months and considering the laws of probability, I have no doubts that it’s a rigged game. For example, show me 5 like items going up for bid within a half hour of each other and every single time I will pick the one that sells that day for some kind of record high amount. I guess you could just say that I am unlucky, but nobody’s that unlucky! In all of those 50 auctions, I have won one item that I actually can say was not at the “inflated” buy it now price. I’m sorry but that defies the odds!

    Another thing that is just so very wrong about this site is how they handle the bid vouchers. First of all, they are worth nothing towards the buy it now price. And secondly, I have watched over and over and reported to Quibids over and over, that bid voucher bidders never have to stop bidding!! Call them stupid if you want but I have seen dozens of times where a bid voucher bidder will bid 2 to 3 times as many vouchers as a pay voucher can bid for a certain item and whats blatantly crazy is that often times its bid vouchers that they’re bidding on, using 2 or 300 in order to win a 100 voucher card!!

    When I go to a casino, I know its a rigged game. Those slot machines are rigged and there is nothing random about the spin of the wheel. But when I’m told that this is a fair and equal site and I dump thousands of dollars into it only to see myself being manipulated this way or that way, and always forced to use the buy it now feature, I have to cry “Foul.”

    Sure, I could just quit and go away, but what bugs me is the number of people being duped on here. For me, it’s time to start writing letters. This site has got to be investigated. They are NOT being honest! This game is rigged!

    Thank You.

  52. david akers May 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    they are theifs they will steel your money trust me i know.

  53. Lynne Palmer May 10, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    So not true that the vouchers are a rip off and that people pay more for the vouchers then what they are worth. This site stops you with a message and will not let you bid on any product when this happens. Sure you can bid an entire night away and not win. And you could win big. It’s no different then gambling. However, one important thing is at least when you buy bids some of the money goes towards the purchase. It’s just gambling for fun on a product you may be looking for.

    I see all beginners going for the over $1,000 products. Unless you know what your doing and have watched and learned it’s just not a good idea. In the beginning stick to the small stuff. Besides I have found that for friends and family presents bidding on the under $300.00 is so much easier to win. In most cases (95%) win the product at a huge discount.

    Any time I had a complaint, i.e. site disruption, etc. They give me my money back. The customer service has been 5 star for me. Not like bidmacs who ignore your issues. Don’t get back to you and there is no number to call. Good luck with this rip off site. On Bidmacs I did not receive the products a few times, was ignored, finally cash back. I did not want the cash I wanted the product. Who wants you $25.00 when you won a $500.00 product? I do not recommend Bidmacs. Terrible. However, Quibids has been very good to me. Be patient, watch and learn when the slow bidding times are. You will win some and loose some.

  54. Corey Wagener July 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    When I was first checking out Quibids, I have to say that I was pretty skeptical, but I thought that the potential value of the merchandise on the site was too good to pass up so I gave it a shot. After I had won my first auction, a Wiimote for $15, I was ecstatic. Now I’m not only a believer, but I’m a proud owner of a brand new Playstation 3 game system for half the regular price, and I’m lovin’ it!

  55. Derreck @ QuibidsReport July 22, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    Quibids is not a scam. I have won several items on their site and they always deliver within a week of winning the item. My trick to winning is http://www.quibidsreport.com – They have helped me to win a ton including a $300 GPS unit for less than $1!

    There are a lot of tricks you need to know before you start bidding or you will waste your money. check out quibidsreport.com and you will see what I am talking about.

  56. william s. craven August 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I registered several months ago. I tried bidding once and was told i used the wrong pass code. I asked for it to be sent to me but never received it. My bank statement shows my $60 registration fee was taken out. I want to play but cannot w/o my code word. can i get some help here please?????
    Bill Craven

  57. penny-auction-expert August 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Since we aren’t affiliated with Quibids, this isn’t much we can really do to help. Our suggestion would be to contact Quibids via their support page: http://www.quibids.com/help/support_email.php?guest=1

  58. Donna August 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I watched, studied and looked at some items that I would like to try for. First $10 Walmart card two bids (1.20) got it for 4 cents. received in less than 7 days. Great than I moved to different items. I have had GREAT success and received ALL my items. You have to know when to stop and move on to another item Decide what you want to pay including the cost of each bid, and stick to it. Thats the key know your limits. I LOVE this site. customer service responds to any and every question I have ever had. I will continue on this site. I have tried others sites and couldnt win anything. I have won over 25 gift cards. about 5 kitchen items etc etc. and have been a member since 04/11. KNOW YOUR LIMITS LIKE EVERYTHING IN LIFE

  59. Donna August 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Quibids is the site I was referring to in the above comment dated August 23, 2011 from myself

  60. warren July 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Not a good or fair site. They reserve, and use the power to control who sees which auctions. Not everyone can see every auction. they choose what you see and who can bid against you. Not one open forum, but they play God and control everything. I had auctions I was following just poof and be gone because i refreshed, and they changed their criteria. Very deceptive!!

  61. Drew July 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    If you watch what you are doing, study the auctions and what time most of the people are on there you can get some really good deals. Within about a month I paid around $300 for $900 in product. The main issue I have with them is after you win a couple of auctions you lose the ability to see all auctions and after you win a lot you can’t see squat, even though I haven’t won in a couple of months and have no limit on my account I can only see about 30 items, not including gift cards and vouchers, which I don’t bid on because everyone seems to want them and they go for outrageous prices. In short, it is a good site for about a month then you may as well give up.

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