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QuiBids 101

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Beginners Make

Users new to QuiBids often require some time and help before they completely understand our auction platform and start winning auctions. We here at QuiBids hate for any new user to struggle on indefinitely. We understand you can shop anywhere, so we want for you to succeed on our site and to enjoy yourselves doing it. So here goes a little article offering some tactical advice for you beginners. It’s natural to feel daunted going into your first couple of auctions, so consider this your plan of attack. 

Let’s start with two scenarios typically encountered by new QuiBids users: 

Scenario 1: Joseph Blow purchases $24 worth of bids in an attempt to haul in a new laptop. "This is great!” Joe says. “I'm going to score this laptop for $24 at most and save a ton of money!"  

True to his last name, Joe spends all his bids on the laptop auction, but doesn’t walk away with a brand new computer. 

"I don't like QuiBids!” Joe says. “I didn't get my laptop for $24 and lost all my money! I'm never coming back."  The story ends sadly for Joe and QuiBids both, since he lost $24 and we lost a customer.

Scenario 2: Sally Shopper stumbles upon the QuiBids site, drawn in by the amazing low prices that QuiBids products sell for. “How hard can this be?” she says. “It doesn’t look much different from eBay. This’ll be fun!”

Sally buys a BidPack and dives into the action headfirst. She spends $10 before realizing that auctions reset every time someone bids. "That’s not how eBay works!” she says. “I can't believe I wasted all this money. Forget that!” So ends another sad story.

We've heard countless stories like these two. Some of you might be able to relate.  It really hits home to lose money. We don’t want anybody to walk away empty-handed like Joe Blow or Sally Shopper, who fell victim to three of the biggest mistakes that users make in their first experiences with QuiBids. They are:

1) Setting unrealistic expectations

We can't stress this enough, but users need to set realistic goals when participating in auctions.  If someone is new to an online auction, he or she shouldn't expect to win a laptop on the first try with only the cheapest bid pack available. We’re not saying it couldn't happen... it could and it has. BUT, it is highly improbable. Know that you’ll be bidding against users with far more experience and that the odds are against you because of it.  

While everybody loves an underdog, we encourage new users to start using the site by participating in smaller auctions. You’ve gotta crawl before you can walk, right?

2) Going for the big catch

It’s not wise to immediately go after the most popular item on our site.  There are a lot more competitors vying for the popular products,  and many of them are our highly skilled veterans. Once acquainted with the site you’ll then understand that going after popular products warrants certain measures to protect your bid investment. We recommend that you commit to only one such auction at a time and that you don’t get too involved without considering using the “Buy Now” feature (if you don’t win, that is).

Don't spread yourself too thin when bidding on the big-ticket items.  Be willing to devote more time and money to increase your odds of winning.  We find that any participant willing to spend about 1/3 of the value of the item in bids greatly increases his or her odds of winning the item.

3) Jumping right in 

As with anything you invest your money in, do research before jumping into QuiBids entertainment retail auctions. Each auction is going to be different from the others, so read and understand our Terms & Conditions, familiarize yourself with the "Buy Now" option, the Bid-O-Matic tool and our pricing structure. We also recommend carefully watching other auctions to see how they unfold.

All this will help you to understand “the nature of the business," as well as what we strive to accomplish with our site.  By limiting your understanding of the system, you are setting yourself up at a severe functional disadvantage.

As we always say, we offer a fun and exciting online auction experience for our customers. We think that a stronger grasp on the QuiBids system will help enrich your experience and facilitate a better, more fun shopping experience.

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Comments (44)

1

slimdogg Says:

Friday January 22, 2010

How long am i considered a beginner?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You are considered a beginner until you win your first auction.

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gwydion Says:

Wednesday February 17, 2010

I can't seem to find this answer . . . at what point does an auction end? I understand you add time until you make the cost of the item. Does time stop being added in once you cover the cost or at a certain percentage over cost? Seems like it could keep going on forever.

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Time is only added when people bid.  An auction ends when no one else bids, and that last bidder then wins the auction.  We don't let auctions go on just to cover our costs, therefore we end up losing on quite a few auctions. We keep it fair.  

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fairy Says:

Wednesday February 24, 2010

I just made a bid and it told me to confirm my E-mail address. How do I do that?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can confirm your account by going to your e-mail inbox, and finding the confirmation e-mail that we send out. Just click on the link provided in the e-mail and your account will be confirmed.

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davidperch Says:

Wednesday February 24, 2010

What happens if I run out of bids in the middle of bidding for an item?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

In that case, you'll have run out of bids (you'll see at the top/bottom of your screen how many remain) and will need to purchase more to continue.

5

Danky16 Says:

Thursday February 25, 2010

So say you buy your bid package and then decide that QuiBids inst for you do you have to use these bids or do they get credited back to you when you deactivate your account

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Make sure to contact support via email! You can send in an email to support@quibids.com. All unused real bids are eligible for a refund within one year of purchase.

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rnoriega193 Says:

Sunday February 28, 2010

Okay, I'm trying to understand the "last bidder" concept. Does that mean that if I bid last within the last 10 seconds and nobody bids afterwards within those 10 seconds that I win? Or, does it mean that if I bid, the clock auto resets to 10 seconds, and it has to go the full 10 seconds without a bid for me to win?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

The full 10 seconds will need to count down to 0, without any other bidders placing bids into the auction, for you to be the "last bidder" and win the auction.

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HMS3AIEA Says:

Tuesday March 2, 2010

I understand the whole resetting of the clock thing as long as people continue to bid...so technically, an auction could continue on for an hour/hours after it has counted down to zero and continues to reset a few seconds as long as people continue to bid - is that right?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes, that is correct.

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yitz1913 Says:

Thursday March 4, 2010

If i place a bid and i lose do i have to pay that money?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

All bids that are place into auctions are non-refundable, regardless of whether you win or lose. However, you will not be responsible for the auction ending price, as that price is only applicable to the winner of the auction.

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sethn112 Says:

Monday March 8, 2010

Say I win a bid for $5.00... what else do I pay? Is there any hidden charges to look out for... like if I win the 5 dollar bid is that all I pay or is it more for the item after I win the bid?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

There are no hidden charges! At checkout you only pay the auction end price, plus any shipping charges. Since the bids you use in auctions are prepaid, you do not pay for those at checkout.

10

americancurl Says:

Wednesday March 17, 2010

What is the difference between a bid pack and a bid voucher?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

'Real Bids' are bid packages purchased at full price, and they can be used towards the Buy Now feature. Additionally, unused real bids can be refunded to you at any time. Voucher bids are received through either a promotional offer or won/purchased in an auction. They cannot be used toward the Buy Now option, and are non-refundable, as you were able to receive them at a discounted rate, or for free.

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narwhal91 Says:

Wednesday March 17, 2010

When bidding on an item, do you just click the bid button and the bid is placed? Or are there any other steps?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Simply click the "Bid Now" icon. There are no other steps to bidding! As long as you have bids in your bids account, you are good to go!

12

Jebbie0607 Says:

Tuesday March 30, 2010

Let's say I win an auction for $25, but I only bought a 45 bids package for $27.00. How do you get the remaining cost (S/H too). Would you charge my credit card I gave to buy the item?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

At checkout, when you are claiming your won item, you will enter your credit card information on the payment page. The bids in your account are not eligible to be used towards the cost of an auction, they are strictly for bidding purposes.

13

sobrien331 Says:

Sunday June 6, 2010

If I just won an auction for 25 bid (beginner here), how can I tell when those bids expire?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Go to "My QuiBids" and click on "Bid Credit History." You will find information such as the date and time the bids were put into your account, a description and an expiration date (if applicable).

14

liddlebigboy Says:

Monday August 9, 2010

Is a running total of the number of bids I have remaining displayed for me while I'm bidding?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Yes, you can view your remaining bids in the top right corner of your screen right next to your name. You can also see this information in the QBar at the bottom of your screen, next to the words "My Bids."

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CaustinH Says:

Sunday August 15, 2010

If you win an auction, how do you pay for the item?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You can purchase your won item by going to the "My QuiBids" tab and clicking on the "Buy Now" icon next to the picture of the item located under the heading, "Ready to Claim."

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SnowWhite11 Says:

Monday August 22, 2011

When you win a voucher bids how does that work? Does it go straight to your QuiBids account?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Once you win an auction of Voucher Bids, you will need to go through the checkout process and pay the auction end price. As soon you have successfully claimed your won auction of Voucher Bids, they will be added to your account.

17

lance1955 Says:

Saturday August 27, 2011

Once and Item is won, do you provide a tracking number? Thanks

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

As soon as tracking information is provided, it will be available to you in the 'Order History' section of your account when you click on the 'View Details' icon.

18

carl9391 Says:

Friday September 16, 2011

Can I view some auctions before purchasing bid packs?

kmcmullen@QuiBids Says:

Yes, you can have an account for no charge. However, please keep in mind that QuiBids is a pay to participate auction site. You must purchase bids in order to participate in our auctions.

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JUMIRE Says:

Tuesday September 27, 2011

Hi there, For Canadians... if we win an item, will it cost us the bids, the price at winning, taxes, duty, AND shipping and handling? If so, it won't really be worth it for me. Thanks, JUMIRE

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You are not required to pay duty charges, as all items will ship to you from within the country you are located.

20

bsmart229 Says:

Thursday October 13, 2011

What if I place 1 bid and no one else places a bid, could I win the item with that one bid even if the item cost is over $300?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Yes! That is a possibility, if you only place one bid in an auction and no one else bids you can win an item for as little as one bid!

21

wilshun Says:

Friday October 21, 2011

If an item is won at 50 bids and I place only one bid, which turns out to be the winning 50th bid, am I responsible for 50 bids ($30) or just the one bid I placed (.60)

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Only the bids you place in an auction will be deducted from your bids account. In this case, only 1 bid would be deducted from your account. If you are the winner, you are responsible for paying the auction ending price plus shipping. Since 50 bids were placed in the auction, the ending price would be only $0.50 cents!

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megera6 Says:

Friday November 11, 2011

When you bid it resets the time, right? So does that time ever get shorter? Say I'm watching a bid and it says at 20 seconds, will it ever get shorter than that or does it remain at 20 seconds until the bid is over? If it does get shorter, how much time will it go down to? 10 seconds? 5 seconds?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Yes, the time does go down. This timer will move form 20 to 15 to 10 depending on the duration of the auction.

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EsteCa Says:

Saturday November 19, 2011

What if something doesn't work when you buy it? Is it a buyer beware?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

If you receive a defective item, please contact support within 60 days of receiving the item and we would be happy to come to a resolution with you! You can contact support by sending an e-mail to support@quibids.com.

24

mjh88 Says:

Tuesday January 10, 2012

So there are no charges on your credit card aside from purchasing bids correct? No monthly fees, no subscription fees, only when you wish to purchase more bids? And there's no required amount of bids to have in your account to remain a user?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

That is correct! There are no monthly or subscription fees. The only time your credit card is charged is when you authorize a transaction. There is also no minimum requirement for the amount of bids in your account to remain a user.

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r4m05s Says:

Friday August 3, 2012

Why cant you ship the items in the same package...This will save the customer money on shipping and handling.

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Items are often shipped from different fulfillment facilities, or shipped separately depending on the item and time of purchase. We have no way of insuring that any two items will be shipped together, which is why each item has its own shipping cost.

26

mttmnraem9 Says:

Saturday November 10, 2012

What do the little arrows on each side of the box of each item. I clicked them and it changes the item. Does that mean you can change the item in that box and bid on it?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You are viewing a You Choose It Auction. 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.

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stevens1934 Says:

Sunday December 16, 2012

How does one find out the details of a bid product? Ex. Golf club set have various # of clubs, steel or graphie shafts, stiff, regular, or senior flex.

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Directly on the auction page, you can view the 'Descriptions' tab at the bottom of the page. This tab will provide you with detailed product information.

28

mcecil2 Says:

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Hi, I am a beginner and I tried to bid but was told to wait until 5 minutes before the item expired to bid. Is this the case on all items?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That is correct! You cannot place a bid into an auction, until the time reaches the 5 minute mark.

29

TaylaTyson Says:

Friday December 28, 2012

how do you find out the shipping cost before you bid on an item?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Shipping charges and/or transaction fees are located at the bottom of each auction page under the Product Details section and can be reviewed before even one bid is placed in auction.

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jessemedinatitan Says:

Sunday January 6, 2013

If I bid do I lose that money that I bid with even if I don't win the bid

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

All bids that are placed into auctions are non-refundable, regardless of whether you win or lose. However, that is where the 'Buy Now' option is useful!

31

jijiq Says:

Monday January 7, 2013

I activated Bidomatic. If I win the bid, do I get an email notification so I can claim and pay for the product?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

If you win an auction, you will be notified via pop-up, email and the won auction will be listed in the "Won Auctions" section of your account.

32

Oinkmaster Says:

Wednesday January 9, 2013

Is there a specific shipment carrier that you use in delivering a large/heavy item.

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

We utilize several different carriers and freight companies. After an item is shipped out, the information regarding the designated tracking number and carrier used is made available to you in the "Order History" section of your account.

33

SRLP86 Says:

Sunday January 13, 2013

do I have to buy a starter pack when I sign up or can I join up and use my 3 free bids to get a feel before purchasing a pack of bids?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

In order to redeem those three free bids, you must first purchase the "Starter Bids Package." Please note, all unused real bids are eligible for a refund for one year, after purchased.

34

BriskOfferMaker Says:

Friday January 18, 2013

You say bids can expire, if applicable. Which bids expire? Only Voucher bids? And does the "lifespan" vary for each set of expirable bids?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

All bids have designated expiration dates. These expiration dates are available to view in the "Bid Credit History" section of your account.

35

Rabisamir Says:

Thursday January 31, 2013

are all the items used or not used?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

We only auction off brand-new, factory sealed items!

36

kingquarles Says:

Tuesday February 5, 2013

so , if the auction ends at 2.59. And you won do i just go claim it or do i have to pay again

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

After winning an auction, you will need to "claim" the item, which adds that to your cart. From there, you will need to proceed to checkout, in order to purchase that won auction, as you are required to pay the auction ending price, plus shipping.

37

ChrisF19 Says:

Wednesday February 20, 2013

you mention that you accept paypal can you buy bids on paypal or do you need to use your credit card

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

For billing purposes, the first purchase is required to be made with a valid credit/debit card. After that, Paypal become an option.

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WinzLikeCrazy Says:

Thursday February 28, 2013

How do we get free bids not by waiting for a friend to join?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

There are a few ways that you can earn free bids, other than referring friends. You can also earn badges within your account. Each badge is earned by reaching certain achievements in your account. When you claim a badge, you will receive free bids. Also, you can like QuiBids on facebook and follow us on Twitter and have a chance to win the daily giveaways!

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mrsj1541 Says:

Sunday March 3, 2013

It appears to become a "member", you have to purchase the $60 bid pack? Once you become a member, are there bid packs available in other amounts, either less or more? Or are you always required to purchase bid packs in increments of $60? Thank you for your time.

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

After that initial purchase, smaller and larger bids packages are available to purchase in the "Buy Bids" section of your account.

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lanaweinhart Says:

Saturday March 16, 2013

if i lose a bid am i charged for the cost i was bidding

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

If you lose an auction, you are not required to pay the auction price, no. However, the bids that you placed into the auction are non-refundable. But, that is where the 'Buy Now' option is useful!

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vandollhouse Says:

Thursday March 28, 2013

is it possible that the bidding time could go on beyond the price of the item?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

We do not allow users to pay more for an item then it is worth. Therefore, an auction will automatically end, once it reaches the value price. However, it very rarely reaches that point.

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jansstuff01 Says:

Sunday March 31, 2013

What does that "1x" in the corner of an item mean?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That "1X" indicates that the winner of the auction will also be awarded with a 1X Gameplay! Gameplays allow you to play one of our games (located in the "Games" section) for the chance to win some free bids!

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homenow10 Says:

Wednesday April 10, 2013

are all the auctions now "choose it auctions"?? if not, how do you change to single item auctions? and how do you browse a certain category without having a specific item in mind?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Yes, all auctions (excluding Voucher Bids and Limit Busters)have the "You Choose It" feature.

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louiebobo1971 Says:

Friday April 12, 2013

where are the beginners auctions

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Beginner’s auctions are mixed in with regular auctions and can be differentiated by the blue "B" indicating "Beginners Auction." Furthermore, those auctions are also outlined in blue, in the "All Live Auctions" section.

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