It is a zoo on that page. The real scam here is after all of the e-sellers stop for the evening, the products are crappy, overpriced and so far apart that everybody on the site is bidding on the same item. It's all bidomatic to the value price and then voucher bids to get rid of everybody who has spent an hour or two waiting for a chance to put a bid in. Esellers cleaning up by bidding within a half hour of the lock and if it randomly takes another half hour to lock, only bots and all of the people who can write off the cost of the bids as a business expense win the auction. I have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out how to get around the bullying by people who will bid 2, 3 or even 4 times the value price. Who bids 145 times for a 25 voucher bid win? There is the problem...it's not locking the auction but it's allowing people to bid beyond the purchase price. If you wanted this to be fair, allow people to win a few regular real bids with every auction and get rid of vouchers that dont apply to the buy it now price. This is awful and I am going to play out my remaining bids then you will never see me again. People can buy as many limit busters as they want to because they can bid 1 bid after they reached their limit, so there is no limit for esellers just for the rest of us. You should call this site, "E-sellers heaven". value. What terrible service to the customer. Take bid-o-matic an use of vouchers off all gift cards and watch how fair the bidding becomes.
Okay, so I'm brand new on QuiBids. I signed up knowing/understanding that I was literally gambling. I feel this is the only way to be at peace with this site. I have not won an auction yet and after reading the comments it seems that it will be a fluke if I do. Kind of like coming out ahead after a day at the casino. That said, I think the Locked feature is possibly a step in the right direction for QuiBids but it is not generating the desired "fairness" and "better chance of winning" it was intended for. Obviously QuiBids is making money. Lots of money. Why can't they just reduce their Value Prices to an actual value? It would make this seem a little more like a "win/win" and increase incentive to play. Just saying.
Okay, so I'm brand new on QuiBids. I signed up knowing/understanding that I was literally gambling. I feel this is the only way to be at peace with this site. I have not won an auction and after reading the comments it seems that it will be a fluke if I do. Kind of like coming out ahead after a day at the casino. That said, I think the Locked feature is possibly a step in the right direction for QuiBids but it is not generating the desired "fairness" and "better chance of winning" it was intended for. Obviously QuiBids is making money. Lots of money. Why can't they just reduce their Value Prices to an actual value? It would make this seem a little more like a "win/win" and increase incentive to play. Just saying.
The way I look at it, the only reason to play is to win at the expense of others. They want to encourage people to "fill the pot." Which is to say "pay the upfront costs" which very few people want to do because you tend to lose the most in the end.
If they stop the auction once they get 20% profit and rewards the person who put the most money down with the item you change the standard from punishing those who fill the pot to rewarding them while adding in a mechanism that stops people from overbidding.
By further limiting the amount you can bid by the number of bids placed on the item, you can allow the active bidders to buy out the item when they feel they've saved enough while preventing a jumper from doing the same.
One thing they don't want you to know is, the auctions that you can bid on are predetermined. They have some auctions that are limited only for new users. This gives you a great chance of winning first auction. Second one get tougher & so on.
So I would suggest, join & win 1 or 2 auctions & then leave. Choose first 2 auctions wisely - simple ones - like $10/25 Walmart gift card. So even if you don't win, just buy it.
After that, just get refund for remaining amount & close the account. This is the best way to treat these greedy QuiBids people.
Wow, never used this site but, after reading all the negative comments I'm not going to bother. Typical online bullshit from greedy business!
This is ignorant. I have sat here for 6 hours bidding. I have 123 bids in that time on one item. None of the other original bidders are here anymore. At least 10 new bidders have started in the past 30 minutes, and there has not been a lock placed yet...what gives? At one time there were only 3 recent bidders, then all of a sudden, boom, 3 new bidders! I want refunded! Why is there no lock placed on this auction???
OK, so let's get real here. I don't believe there are "bots" as claimed below. Quibids are audited by Grant Thornton who regularly comment on that specific point. So, no "bots" but there are "humans" who want to win. Like any gambling system, the more you play the more you eventually lose. The only way around that is to try and game the system. Being a "jumper" is the only tactic where you might actually get the product cheaper. I'll never understand the poor saps who start bidding on a $600 iPad when the price is at $5.00. If they're still there (hours later) at $40, they've already bid the price of the iPad (and feel very ticked off as they could have bought it a lot quicker on the Apple site, and with free shipping!!)
Locked auctions are just the lipstick on the pig. They give the feeling that the end is near, but if anything, it just makes the remaining bidders more determined to not give up. And the rules are still kind of loose on participants. The odd single bid now and then still keeps the jumpers in the hunt.
My advice? If you enjoy it and can afford it, go ahead, just like any gambling. If you think this site is your ticket to great discounts, well then, let the pain commence.
Locked bids SUCK, just like bid-o-matic. Lose both of those programs and everyone will have a chance
Having been using Quibids now for a short while I have to wonder where and why there is not more of a welcome/incentive and encouragement to newcomers. What I have noticed is that the same people who use multiple bids on several items simultaneously and mostly using the 'Bid-O-matic' facility. Where this becomes less than encouraging to the newcomer is that they start with a low number of bids in the belief that they stand a chance of winning. If the same people are constantly using the 'Bid-O-Matic' facility then the newcomer might just as well pour their money down the drain as in reality, there is little chance of them winning as they are constantly outbid. I would be interested to hear your views on this where more fairness might receive your attention since at the moment this subject is a disincentive.
Played 225 bids and played for several hours with no lock out and new people popped in and will probably win. Doesn't seem fair. I've lost interest in playing again.
just went in for a cuppla walmart cards - one $10 and one $50 - sure nuff, on the 10 buck card, here came the jumpers right on schedule after counting up how much it was gonna take for my cashout buy... Bummer.
Then went over to the $50 card auction (all single bids) - tried to keep my powder dry a bit and pace my bids out a bit... but still ended up doing a full retail buy (no win) whilst seeing every new bidder that was logged in today bidding for just a few bids or so and then disappearing to be replaced by another short timer.
Oh, I never saw hide nor hair of any "lock" in either auction. My bottom line? What's changed?
I originally didn't like it....but after it kept me from throwing away good money. I'm positively ambivalent! But, if I'm honest...more often than not. I save money by being locked out.
I just chatted with a customer service rep. I was complaining about this oh, so wonderful locked feature. After spending 12 hours and over $100 babysitting an auction on Saturday waiting for it to lock, putting in random bids from time to time so not to get locked out (I guess you are supposed to calculate some stupid formula to figure out when it could be locked....ya. right) and finally falling asleep, I, of course, lost the auction. Then, to read above that there are "bots" involved in these auctions? That pisses me off beyond belief. Don't you make enough money, Quibids? If this is the case, I will burn up my remaining bids and get the heck off of here. I used to recommend your site to my friends, but that won't be happening anymore. By the way, I felt nothing but placated by the rep. She just kept directing me to the page where it explains the locked auction. Thanks for nothing, Quibids.
Feel like I just burned $60, what a racket!! Won't be back after I'm finishing the burn.
I see the point of the locked bid. I agree with Bey that auction prices are higher than what they were before the locks.
Don't see how locking the auctions is helping, auctions are going for a MUCH higher price now. Only Quibids is benefiting from this.
Locking auctions is a good idea, getting rid of your "bots" is even a greater idea. No real person would spend 100 bids to win a 25 bid auction. When I start to recognize names and realize they are "bots", I pull out. I even look now before I bid on anything to see if any "bots" are already bidding. If so, I don't bid.
I have been watching the auctions for 250 bids. I've noticed most of them lock out after reaching $10.00 to $15.00. I recently participated in an auction for 250 bids. Myself and another participant faithfully stayed with the bidding for 2 to 3 hours, but even after the auction reached $20.00, there was no lock out. After both of us spending close to 250 bids, several other players were able to enter the bidding at $21.00 and $22.00. I finally had to pull out and the other player ended up winning, but they had to spend more then 250 bids to win the auction, so they also lost. The auction never did lock out. I understand that there will be a difference between auctions for the same item, but a difference of over $10.00 is ridiculous. Myself and the other player weren't protected at all!! The new lock out feature is way too random - especially when you continue to play believing you are going to be locked in at some point and it never happens. Very disappointing!!
How do they work? Locked In at $40. Then in late $50s 3bidders 1 by 1 out of the blue. Haven't bid in hrs I had been there. At $62 another out of bilue appears. How do you get locked in & bid at $20 later to win? Any courses? I bid 3 times b4 one was locked. I couldn't bid. I could understand. I was watching but not bidding for long durations. Now I'm totally confused. It's deceiving when it's locked. You get the idea then end is near. It's just beginning. You keep bidding with that illusion. I just ate $400 vacuum cleaner biding most after locked in. Run when you see that padlock if you don't have much invested. Or, jump in when it's up another $20. With players of a whole new set I might add. Maybe the lock isn't 4 everyone.
The majority of the locked auctions are going much hIgher than usual, it is still the ones with deep pockets coming out ahead. What is the point and just exactly how is this going to make it easier to win have not seen that at all.
I like the bidcare comment, Why dont you open a new way to do auctions with gameplays on all of them, you still make all your money,but let the average person have some fun to ,that doesnt use this as a buiness. You can put a limit on gameplays as another way to. Thanks
I'm not sure I like how they set it up. I just watched a $50 auction LOCK at around $4.50. I watched it from the beginning so I know who was playing. That's fine, but 40 minutes later after watching the same people bid it up to almost $12.00 (with only a handful of the same people jumping in) I watched someone who hadn't bidded in at least a half hour just jump in and win it with 5 bids. How does that work?
I love that this was rolled out the day after I got screwed on a Dyson after hours and hundreds of dollars bidding.
I think they are a great idea, but only for voucher auctions and maybe products with gameplays. I have no problem winning products and am by no means a power bidder. My problem is usually the 12 win limit.
everything is sky high now call it bidcare lol