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QuiBids 101

How does QuiBids work?

QuiBids is not your basic online auction model. We proudly developed a unique, exciting way to rejuvenate a century-old traditional auction in the digital era. We do understand that the similarities can create a bit of confusion, and we don’t want that to obscure how we do business. So we’ve decided to explain just how things work around here.

Getting started

Before you start bidding, you have to register an account with us. On the home page simply select the “Register” tab on the main tool bar, or click on the Orange Button that reads “Register Now” along the banner. Once you’re done registering, a confirmation email will be sent to the address you provided. If you don’t immediately receive this email from QuiBids, then check your Spam folder to ensure that it wasn’t mistakenly identified or blocked. 

We recommend you add us to your safe senders list in order to avoid future confusion. Once you’ve confirmed your account, you’re free to buy bids and participate in auctions!

Buying bids

Who loves options? Everybody. Well, you’ve got two when it comes to buying bids. You may (A) purchase bids immediately after registration, or (B) select the “Buy Bids” tab on the main menu at a later time. Your first bid pack buy is a set price, but after your initial bid pack purchase, there’ll be five different bid packs to choose from, each a different size. We recommend what most users start off with: a Beginner Bid Pack for testing out the auction waters. Once you’ve selected the proper-sized bid pack, simply add your credit card and billing information. From here, you’re almost ready to join your first auction

Remember, when purchasing bids, you are really buying the right to place bids and that each bid is worth $0.60. Purchasing bids doesn’t guarantee that you’ll win, but the “Buy Now” feature is always at your disposal (we’ll discuss that in a bit), and it’s basically like spending money toward the desired product.

Learning how to participate in an auction

Congratulations on making it this far! Now you’ll see bids as they appear in the upper-right corner of your screen. This number will update every time you bid on our site. 

Before you start bidding, we strongly recommend you watch a few auctions and – in so doing – take some time to familiarize yourself with the pace and the dynamics of an auction. On the home page you’ll see a section labeled ‘Live Auctions’ that displays the auctions that are currently running. 

The timer

The timer counts down consecutively until it gets below 20 seconds. From that point on, the timer will reset to 0:20 seconds every time a bid is placed, thereby giving other users the chance to bid again. 

If the auction persists after a certain number of bids (it’s not uniform from auction to auction), the timer will begin resetting at 0:15 seconds after each bid. Finally, if we feel the auction has gone on too long, the timer will reset to 0:10 seconds each time a bid’s placed. When the time expires, the auction ends and the last person to bid wins the right to purchase the item for the final price.

Sometimes we'll host what we call Speed Auctions, where the timer will reset to a maximum of 0:10 seconds. To determine whether or not an auction is a Speed Auction, check for the little red timer icon accompanying it.


So earlier we established that options are good, right? When it comes to bidding, you’ve got two. (A) Simply select the bid button. Your bid will be recorded and your name will show up as the highest bidder. Each time you’re outbid by another user, you’ll need to manually click the bid button again if you wish to guarantee that you’ll win the item.

Option (B) is the Bid-O-Matic, which does your clicking for you! This feature is designed for you to go hands-free, or even Internet-free, as Bid-O-Matic will automatically place bids from your account, per your direction. Simply instruct it how many bids you’re willing to give up, and the price you want to start bidding at!

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Comments (46)


lbon76 Says:

Wednesday February 24, 2010

I just won my 12th item in a 28 day period, do I have to wait 28 days from today before I can bid again?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Great Question! 28 days (to the minute) from the time that you won your first auction, that auction limit 'slot' will open for you to begin bidding again. Likewise, the second 'slot' will open 28 days from the time that the second auction was won, and so on and so forth.


Bidfun Says:

Wednesday March 10, 2010

How many 0:10 seconds? You never know which 0:10 is the last. It blinks and blinks for many many 0:10 seconds. What is the rule for the last 0:10 seconds? It must be made clear.

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

The 'blinking' you are seeing are bids people are placing at that same time. There could be multiple people doing this, again, at the same time. It happens on every auction, but eventually filters down to the last couple of seconds.


bennyfazio Says:

Friday March 12, 2010

Not sure this question has been asked, but if an item that I have won on Quibids has a defect or problem (like a camera or electronic device), what is the return/repair process? Is this handled through Quibids?

kmcmullen@QuiBids Says:

If/when that happens, please contact us at and we will work with you to quickly resolve the situation. Please have available the auction ID, username, and the serial number of the product, as these will help us resolve your problem more quickly.


synayman Says:

Friday March 19, 2010

For a sought after item, your system shows that one "recently sold for $XX". under the item's picture. Can I see when that auction was won?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes, just click on that sold product image and it'll take you to that auction's page with the details/time.


nettie10 Says:

Sunday March 28, 2010

Will everyone bidding on the item get a chance to buy now? Or does that apply to the top bidder.

kmcmullen@QuiBids Says:

Everyone gets the chance to apply their Purchased Bids toward the Value Price of the item!


beaner60 Says:

Wednesday March 31, 2010

I bid and won 25 voucher bids. How do I pay for it?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

To pay for an item you simply go to My Quibids and click on the item at the bottom of the page and you will be led through the payment process.


wlyynwo Says:

Monday May 31, 2010

If I lost a bid on an item, but did not exercise the buy now option. when the same item comes up again and i bid on it again and lost the bid again, but this time i use the buy now option, did i get the credit form the bids i placed on both time, or on the second time only?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

This is a great question, but it is only the bids that are placed in that auction that can be used toward the Buy Now. Bids from other auctions do not roll over.


jean33 Says:

Friday June 4, 2010

Can you purchase bid packs and pay for auctions with a PayPal account?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes, we offer PayPal as one of our accepted methods of payments.


jlharli Says:

Tuesday August 17, 2010

Can a person just come on and browse and watch the auctions? Or must they register and purchase bids first?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Browsing and registering are both free. You are only charged when you decide to purchase a bid pack, which you must do in order to participate in the auctions.


JoWinner Says:

Saturday September 4, 2010

Hi! Thanks for answering all these questions here...Is there a limit to how many bidpacks one can purchase?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

There is no limit to how many bid packs you can purchase!


nan55 Says:

Thursday August 4, 2011

How do you know how many real bids and how many voucher bids you have.

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can access this information by logging onto your account and clicking the link labeled "Bid Credit History." This link will take you to a page that will show you information on your bids.


BLastchance Says:

Tuesday September 13, 2011

Do bids expire?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Yes, bids do expire. All bids have their own expiration date that you can view in the Bid Credit History section of your account.


kris10kmd Says:

Wednesday September 14, 2011

how long does it usually take to get the item after purchase?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

We ask all customers to allow 10-14 business days for items to process, ship and arrive to their destinations.


harleyman2700 Says:

Thursday September 22, 2011

What determines when the timer changes from 20 seconds to 15 and to 10?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Each time a user places a bid this timer will move form 20 to 15 to 10 depending on the duration of the auction.


bob92078 Says:

Saturday October 8, 2011

Can you keep bidding after you have already spent more then the retail value in bids

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

QuiBids will never let you go over the retail value of an item when using real purchased bids. However, if you are using Voucher bids, or free bids, you will not be stopped from bidding over value as free and voucher bids have no monetary value.


Cap0180 Says:

Monday October 10, 2011

If I did not win what happens to my bids ?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

If you do not win an auction then you can always utilize our Buy Now feature and we will deduct the monetary value of the bids that you placed in the auction from the retail value price of the item.


ziggy7549 Says:

Thursday October 20, 2011

How do you know what the shipping/handling charges will be prior to bidding?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

All of that information is provided at the bottom of every auction page.


lizeli03 Says:

Saturday October 29, 2011

Hi, I want to know if I can place different bids in different items. How many items can I bet on?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can participate in 5 auctions at the same time. However, please also note that win limits may apply as soon as you win an item. Therefore, if you reach your win limits while bidding in other auctions, you will not be able to participate any further, and will not be re-credited the bids you have already placed in other auctions.


rebecki33 Says:

Tuesday November 1, 2011

If I have bids I purchased and bids I won in another auction, which bids will be used first when I place a bid?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can choose the type of bid you would like to use first. If you log onto your QuiBids account and click the bid credit history link on the left hand side of the page. When you click that link you will see a box on the upper left hand side of the screen and you can choose if you would like to use voucher or real bids first.


patson6168 Says:

Monday November 7, 2011

Hi, if I bid on something then decide to log off, doe's that bid still stay effective.thanks

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes, once you place a bid your bid will still count towards the auction even if you log off.


lee567 Says:

Friday November 11, 2011

if i have 10 voucher bids and use them on an item valued at $100 and do not win the item i then have 2 hours to BuyNow? If yes, then what will i be paying for this $100 item?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Voucher bids cannot be used in the Buy Now feature. If you used 10 voucher bids in this auction and lost you would have to pay the full retail value for this item.


MdenasTV Says:

Friday November 11, 2011

whats the total amount of money i can bid on one item per bid. For example if i was in a single bid auction and everyone was biding 1cent at a time and i decided to bid 2cents or maybe even 3cents. Does that still count as 1 bid?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can only bid one cent at a time. One bid = one cent. The auction can only go up by one cent increments.


Zcarpion2 Says:

Friday November 18, 2011

If I understand correctly, the limits within 28 days applies to big ticket items that are priced $285 and $999.99, I have a question about this. Let say I won an item value price of $299.99 will this item prevent me from bidding on another item that exceeds the $999.99 limit within the same 28 days? If yes, then the way I understand it is the customer must decide on which big ticket item is more important to them during the current 28 days, correct? Or is it that a customer could win the over $999.99 first then a item at $285 up to $999 second which would pass the limitation restriction?

sabsher117@QuiBids Says:

Users are allowed to win only one of the same item over $285.00. In addition to this limit, we also allow only one win of any item over $999.99. For example, if you win a PlayStation 3, you will be locked out of all future PlayStation 3 auctions for the following 28 days, but it will not exclude you from an auction of a $999.99 item.


sszuber Says:

Tuesday November 22, 2011

if i set up bid o matic to start bidding for me, do i have to remain logged in for bom to continue?

sabsher117@QuiBids Says:

No, the Bid-O-Matic will place the allotted number of bids, whether you are logged in or out.


hoatle Says:

Wednesday December 21, 2011

I am getting ready to bid, watching ending auctions, and watching others bid. But I have a question, what does the "+20 Bids" sign on some auction items mean?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

The "+20 Bids" sign indicates that you will receive an additional 20 bids by winning that auction or by using the Buy Now option.


minipower12 Says:

Friday March 2, 2012

Being a beginner to Quibids, just wondering about badges. What exactly are they, and how did i earn one?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Badges are earned through accomplishing various feats on the site. Once you claim a badge, you will receive the free bids that are attached. You can claim your badges in the My Badges section of your account.


Serengeti12 Says:

Sunday April 1, 2012

How does QuiBids get all of their products?

kmcmullen@QuiBids Says:

We have different fulfillment facilities in different locations throughout the countries that we operate in. All items are shipped from these distributors straight to your door!


willhir57 Says:

Friday May 25, 2012

In a earlier response you stated "QuiBids will never let you go over the retail value of an item when using real purchased bids." Does that mean if someone reaches the retail value the auction ends and they win?

asidney@QuiBids Says:

When a user reaches the value price of an auction a message will pop up letting them know the issue and will offer them the Buy Now option. The auction will resume.


MasterOfNothing Says:

Monday June 11, 2012

Can voucher bids be used to win even more voucher bids?

asidney@QuiBids Says:

Voucher Bids can be used to win any auction. However, Voucher Bids will not be counted towards the Buy Now option in any auction.


ombun Says:

Monday June 18, 2012

I bid let's say 60$ value of bids, I loose that bid, I don't want to pay full retail price for that item, so I don't use "buy now", I'm out of my 60$ period?

asidney@QuiBids Says:

When you place a bid in an auction, whether you win or lose, you do not get those bids back. This is why we offer the Buy Now option on every auction.


schill13 Says:

Wednesday June 20, 2012

I noticed on some items, golf clubs, that when you look at the item there are different kinds of clubs. Ex. 4-pw, aw, rt. hand or 5-aw rt. hand. When the bidder wins is there a choice between the 2 different options of clubs?

asidney@QuiBids Says:

All available variations will be listed in the auction description. You will select your variation from those listed upon checkout.


SalA1 Says:

Thursday June 28, 2012

Is it possible for a single bidder to win an auction if there is a bid-o-matic operating from another bidder?

asidney@QuiBids Says:

As there are limitations on the Bid-O-Matic, Single bids are able to win an auction against a Bid-O-Matic.


mls57 Says:

Thursday September 20, 2012

can you enter a bid, at any time during the auction or do you have to start bidding at the very beginning of the auction?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You are able to begin placing bids into an auction once the auction time has counted down to 5 minutes.


ratkins85 Says:

Thursday October 25, 2012

I am getting ready to start bidding and I was wondering about the 6 items in the top of a bid page. I checked on each and they all have the same amount of money attached and they all have the same bidder. Why is that?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

QuiBids offers You Choose It Auctions. There are now multiple items available for each auction ID. Just like our old auction model, you’re still just bidding on one auction, one product. But now that one product is left up to you! You can scroll through the items available and select which item you would like to bid on. When you win the auction, you will have the chance to select any of the items available.


Nubzee Says:

Sunday October 28, 2012

Why are there several different products in the same auction box that I'm bidding in? I only want to bid on the one I'm interested in. How does that work?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That is our "You Choose It" option, which essentially allows you to choose an item from a list of products that have the same value. It is more akin to bidding on a price point, rather than a specific item. All auctions, for tangible items, have this option. Once you choose the item you desire, the auction page will reflect that choice. This feature allows us to provide a wider selection of items to customers!


emmys7221 Says:

Wednesday November 14, 2012

so if I were to win an auction on an item totaling over $999.99 is it only 1x EVER that I can bid on something this price or is it 1x every 28 days?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You are allowed one win of any item at or over $999.99 in a 28 day period.


FreedomFighters Says:

Friday December 7, 2012

Hello, when signing up whats the promo code thing we gotta activate?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

The promo code section of registration is optional. To complete registration without a promotional code, just skip over that section.


sht349 Says:

Sunday December 9, 2012

I was watching 5 different auctions at once and noticed the bidders were the same in the same order and the timer was the same as well as if they were single or bid o matic was exactly the same the timer went from 20 to 15&10 at same time. Why is this. Seem strange that bidding order and all was exactly the same on 5 auctions.

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

If you compare all 5 of those auction numbers you will see that they all match. At times, users will unknowingly have several tabs or windows open that are displaying the same auction, but with a different item from the "You Choose It" section updated on each page. Therefore, while different pages display different items, it is all the exact same auction. As a rule of thumb, always compare auction numbers! That will help weed out any confusion.


Jopijoe Says:

Monday January 21, 2013

How do you file a complaint on a bidder winning multiple auctions of the same item (over a $285.00 valuation) with in the 28 day "lock out" period. What happens to bids that are spent on these auction that a disqualified bidder has won?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

You are always welcome to send in an email to regarding any concerns that you may have!


cwaynehere Says:

Sunday February 3, 2013

Some products have arrows next to them. when you scroll left or right they show other products. Is this pick the item you want to bid on and you may be bidding against someone bidding on a different item?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That is correct! Our "You Choose It" option allows you to choose an item, from that list, that you would like to bid on! Once you select that item you desire, the auction page will reflect that choice. Some users may be after different items, but all the items have the same value price, so it's more like bidding on a price range, rather than a particular item.


Brewas1 Says:

Friday February 8, 2013

How long does an auction usually last?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Our auctions are user contingent, therefore, an auction will not end until bidding ceases and the timer reaches 0.


dssp13 Says:

Saturday February 9, 2013

When bidding stops, who is the winner? The one who placed maximum bids or the one who bids last ?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

The winner of the auction is the user who places the very last bid into the auction before the timer reaches 0.


AusieDon2013 Says:

Wednesday March 13, 2013

I lost my auction I was offered a second chance to buy the item for $250 am correct in my understanding that the money I have already spent on bids goes to the second chance buy of that same product from that same auction?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Correct! The 'Buy Now' option allows you to use the monetary value of the real bids you placed into the auction to purchase that item at a discounted price.


jenanimallover1 Says:

Friday March 29, 2013

I am confused about the You Choose It Auctions. There are multiple items in that auction but if I win that auction I can choose any item for that multiple auction? What if someone is bidding on a different item and they win their auction at a higher bid-is there only one winner although there is many different products?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Even though someone may be after a different item, it is still the same exact auction. Therefore, there is only one single winner, not a winner for each individual item.


ebaker05 Says:

Tuesday April 2, 2013

I have seen other bidders win items where the auction ended at like $62.02 and it shows total purchase price of $212.00. Why such a job in the price?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That total calculation includes the monetary value of bids that the user placed into the auction to win. It displays the total investment, not just the auction ending price.


horsesocks Says:

Wednesday April 24, 2013

In response to Q # 5," Will everyone bidding on the item get a chance to buy now? Or does that apply to the top bidder." I'm not sure if I understand the answer. "Everyone gets the chance to apply their Purchased Bids toward the Value Price of the item!" Q: Do other bidders in the action have the opportunity to buy the same product at the same price paid by the winner of the auction when that auction ends?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Yes! Everyone who participates in the auction will be allowed the chance to utilize the 'Buy Now' option.

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