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 with using the website. 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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How long am i considered a beginner?
You are considered a beginner until you win your first auction.
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.
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.
I just made a bid and it told me to confirm my E-mail address. How do I do that?
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.
What happens if I run out of bids in the middle of bidding for an item?
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.
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
Make sure to contact support via email! You can send in an email to email@example.com. All unused real bids are eligible for a refund within one year of purchase.
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?
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.
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?
Yes, that is correct.
If i place a bid and i lose do i have to pay that money?
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.
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?
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.
What is the difference between a bid pack and a bid voucher?
'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.
When bidding on an item, do you just click the bid button and the bid is placed? Or are there any other steps?
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!
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?
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.
If I just won an auction for 25 bid (beginner here), how can I tell when those bids expire?
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).
Is a running total of the number of bids I have remaining displayed for me while I'm bidding?
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."
If you win an auction, how do you pay for the item?
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."
When you win a voucher bids how does that work? Does it go straight to your QuiBids account?
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.
Once and Item is won, do you provide a tracking number? Thanks
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.
Can I view some auctions before purchasing bid packs?
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.
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
You are not required to pay duty charges, as all items will ship to you from within the country you are located.
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?
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!
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)
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!
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?
Yes, the time does go down. This timer will move form 20 to 15 to 10 depending on the duration of the auction.
What if something doesn't work when you buy it? Is it a buyer beware?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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.
Why cant you ship the items in the same package...This will save the customer money on shipping and handling.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
That is correct! You cannot place a bid into an auction, until the time reaches the 5 minute mark.
how do you find out the shipping cost before you bid on an item?
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.
If I bid do I lose that money that I bid with even if I don't win the bid
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!
I activated Bidomatic. If I win the bid, do I get an email notification so I can claim and pay for the product?
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.
Is there a specific shipment carrier that you use in delivering a large/heavy item.
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.
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?
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.
You say bids can expire, if applicable. Which bids expire? Only Voucher bids? And does the "lifespan" vary for each set of expirable bids?
All bids have designated expiration dates. These expiration dates are available to view in the "Bid Credit History" section of your account.
are all the items used or not used?
We only auction off brand-new, factory sealed items!
so , if the auction ends at 2.59. And you won do i just go claim it or do i have to pay again
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.
you mention that you accept paypal can you buy bids on paypal or do you need to use your credit card
For billing purposes, the first purchase is required to be made with a valid credit/debit card. After that, Paypal become an option.
How do we get free bids not by waiting for a friend to join?
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!
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.
After that initial purchase, smaller and larger bids packages are available to purchase in the "Buy Bids" section of your account.
if i lose a bid am i charged for the cost i was bidding
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!
is it possible that the bidding time could go on beyond the price of the item?
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.
What does that "1x" in the corner of an item mean?
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!
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?
Yes, all auctions (excluding Voucher Bids and Limit Busters)have the "You Choose It" feature.
where are the beginners auctions
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.
how much will the shipping cost be for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada?
Our shipping rates are always listed in the Item Description for your review prior to placing any bids in an auction! We are want you to know early so there are no surprises!
NOT BIDDING TODay. There is too much to read before bidding.
That is an excellent strategy!
I was watching an auction and keen to bid but waiting and then the auction became locked. why is this and what exactly is the locked function for and how is it determined when the locked function is going to be used?
Every auction will lock at some point if it goes long enough. When that point is though is random. You can learn about when an auction may lock and how to stay in it here: http://blog.quibids.com/locked-auctions-winning-just-got-easier/
i'm a beginner. what's the lowest bid a person can bid? or is it already determined once it starts? for instance, if I press the 'bid now' button, will it ask me to place a penny, nickel, etc bid?
Every time you place a bid, the auction price is raised by one cent.
How long does it take to receive what you won
We try to ship everything out as quickly as possible, but it can take up to 7-14 business days for an order to process, ship and be delivered.
I am still confused about the bid costs. If I bid several times, lets say. .50 + .70 + $1.00 and am not the successful bidder; how much do I pay for these three bids?
Each bid costs $0.60 (so if you bid 3 times with real bids, that total is $1.80) and each time you bid, the auction price is increased by $0.01.
How do you enter the beginner's auction
Beginner's auctions are reserved for users who have not yet won their first auction. You can find these auctions by the blue outline on the main page instead of the more common gray outline.
Also I have seen a few times the clock stop at 5,6 and 7 seconds and not start for a while???? Why does the clock stop, it seams that this is set up to get a high value. If you bid on a stopped clock it will start again
It sounds like you are experiencing a little bit of internet lag which is resulting in a delay in your screen updating. Please be sure that your system meets our recommendations as this will help mitigate some of this for you.
If I place a bid for $5.00 and it's not the winning bid, how much an I responsible for paying, including the cost of the bid?
If you did not win the auction, you are not required to pay anything else. You will have the choice though of paying the difference between the value of your bids and the item value price so you can still claim it.
If I am bidding on a clothing item and win, do I choose my size? I only see the picture of the item, not the size. Thank you.
You should be able to change the size of the item in the drop-down box right above the item title in the description. If the option is not available or you can not find it, please contact our Customer Support Team and we will be more than happy to help!
Now that I am all signed up can I wait to start any bidding for another 15 days?
Yes, you can bid if and when you decide. It is totally up to you! Just be sure to review when your bids expire in the Bid Credit History section of the My QuiBids tab.
What is a transaction fee on a gift card?
The transaction fee is a fee we are required to collect to process a gift card purchase for you. You will always be able to see what this fee will be before placing any bids in the Item Description.
How much is a "bid?" If I set-up an Automatic Bid and tell it to start bidding at, say $5.00 and place three bids how much will each bid be worth?
Each bid costs $0.60 and raises the auction price by $0.01.
Do we bid against others within the same time zone/region only? Or, are products available to anyone for bidding regardless of their location? For example, can someone in California bid against someone in New York? Also, please advise within which area/region/continent (country) are bidders grouped or allowed to play/bid against each other? Thanks & with kind regards
You could be bidding against users in different timezones or even different countries. However, anything that you see on our site to bid on will be from your own country and of the same approximate value in the auction.
Can you explain what it means when an item is "LOCKED"
This means the auction is only available to the users who were actively participating in the auction when it locked. This prevents more users from jumping in when others have already been bidding in the auction for awhile.
Hi I recently became a new customer but was not aware that my debit card would be charged $60.00 after registration. I've already emailed customer support for a refund and I wanted to know how long it could take for a reply?
We try to respond to all emails as soon as possible, but it could take up to 1-3 business days for us to respond. However, we will get to your request as soon as humanly possible!
How do you cancel an account?
Contact our Customer Support team (though the Help section) and we will be more than happy to help you out!
So if I was bidding and I bid $20 for something and the other guy just bid $22 and I decide I don't want to go higher I know even if I lose I have to pay so do I just pay my last bid or all the bids leading up to that?
Each bid is pre-paid so if you lose an auction, you do not have to pay anything more.
So, each bid is .60 cents---or do you have to pay the amount that you bidded? Like if i bid at 35.00-then loose that bid --then try again at 35.50--will i be charged 1.20 or 75.50?
Each bid is pre-paid, so you will not have to pay for your bids afterwards. In the scenario you described, the bids you used would have only cost $1.20. If you win the auction with your second bid, you would then only pay $35.50 (plus any taxes or fees).
As a new user, must I bid on a beginner auction before bidding on the "big" auction items? Must I win a beginner auction?
No, you are not required to bid in these auctions. We offer them as a way to get your feet wet without immediately competing against more experienced users, but it's up to you! However, don't forget, once you win any auction (beginner or not) you will not be able to compete in any more beginner auctions.
Is auction 24hrs 7days a week?
There are constantly auctions occurring on our site. How long they last is up to you and the other users participating.
Should I win a bid, must I claim it within a specific time?
Yes, if you win an auction, you have 3 business days from the time the auction ends to claim your item and check out. If you have trouble along the way, contact our Customer Support Team!
What is "Limit Busters"?
Limit Buster auctions are won or purchased via Buy Now and automatically deduct the specified number of wins from your 28-day auction win limits. This enables you to participate in more auctions. Limit Busters won't cancel out products you've paid for, they simply open up additional spots for more wins. When a limit buster is purchased, it will remove the most recently won items from your 28-day win limits. You can review your Auction Limits page directly through the My QuiBids section.
Too often when I bid at 1 second the auction ended and said I was too late. This was NOT the fault of my computer or connection because most of the time it goes through. I am not happy losing a lot of bids because the auction ended and the system did not take my bid. If this problem cannot be remedied it is pointless to continue. (I was not waiting at one second, but clicking promptly.)
You can always send the auction number and a description of what happened to our Customer Support Team and we will be more than happy to look into this for you!
Is the " buy now" price below most advertised retail pricing ; say I didn't win an auction I've participated in and hit the "buy now" button. Will the "buy now" price result in somewhat below retail savings?
We recommend that you do your research prior to bidding to determine if you think the value price is a fair price or not.
It looks to me that the bids are going up by 1 cent, I thought each bid was 60 cents?
Each bid costs $0.60 to purchase, but when used in an auction, they raise the auction price by $0.01.
The "Buy Now" button how does that work?
When you use our Buy Now feature, we subtract the cash value of the bids you’ve placed (excluding voucher bids) from the value price of the item, and you pay the difference. It's just like buying the item at retail price! So at least you had a chance at getting it at a discount, eh? Let's say you spend 30 bids trying to win a $30 valued product, but you don't win. Your 30 bids are worth $18 (30 x $0.60), so if you choose to use the Buy Now, you will only pay $12 more for the product. Please note that this offer applies to real bids only, and that voucher bids to do not apply to the Buy Now option.
So if I bid on an item and win it for $28 is that paid for with my bids or do I have to pay an additional $28 at checkout plus shipping?
If you win the auction for $28.00, you will need to pay that at the checkout (plus any fees). The bids you purchased do not pay for your auction wins.
How do I get a refund to my credit card after opening an account when I didn't use any bids?
Contact our Customer Support Team and we can help you with that request.
I have 99 bids left, HOW DO I GET MY MONEY BACK????
Contact our Customer Support Team and we will be more than happy to help you with your request!
What is the difference between a beginner auction and a regular one?
Beginner auctions are reserved for only those users who have not yet won any auctions.
I wanted to bid on something, but the bidding was locked. Why and when does that occur?
Locked auctions are a new feature on all QuiBids auctions that allows bidders to win more easily by limiting the competition in each auction. How? We’re glad you asked. After a certain point, auctions will become locked and only bidders who have been participating will be able to continue placing bids, while all other bidders will be “locked out.” You can read more about Locked Auctions here: http://blog.quibids.com/locked-auctions-winning-just-got-easier/
How do I go about putting my address and billing address in?...thank you.
If you would like to add new billing or shipping information, you will have this option at the time of your next purchase.
What is a voucher bid?
I encourage you to read here on our Help page: http://www.quibids.com/en/help/faq/10-What-are-Voucher-Bids#86 You'll find many of the answers to your inquiries.
I didn't understand when I started bidding that each time I pressed down -6o cents! My 1st time on I spent $60 But I also won a $15 dollar gift card ar Wal mart, and a $10 dollar gift card to GNC, and best of all A $232 dollar Michael Korrs Handbag, and for some reason I still do not understand I got the bag for a total of $0.00. I Love it! And I kinda figures out hot to bid... Hint: If you see than tons of people are bidding on the item you want...You probably wont get it so dont waste your bids! I did waste mine at first but I learned! ;-)
We are glad to hear that it worked out so well for you! Please be sure to read the rest of the QuiBids 101 and Help sections to learn how to keep your winning fortunes going!
hi there lets say i won something for $80 dollars and i bid 1 time .60 cents do i have to pay the 80 dollars + S/H o just what i bid .60 cents ???
If you win the auction, you would need to pay the $80.00 winning auction price + S/H if applicable.
I am confused about the cost to belong to and bid on QBids. Please help me.
It is free to belong to QuiBids. You only pay for your purchases. You have to purchase bids to participate in our auctions. Bids cost $0.60 each.
Beginner speaking: If you place a bid for say $10 for an item & the bidding continues & then you bid again at $11.50 and you end up not winning. Do I actually have to pay money ? If yes, how much ?
In order to bid in our auctions, you are required to purchase bids at $0.60 each. If you use those bids in an auction and lose the auction, you are not required to pay anything else.
Can some please further explain the no bid before the clock is at 5 mins? #28 in the Q&A. So what is the time limit set for bidding for each auction? Where does this 5 min rule come into play? And are there certain people who can bid before the time clock hits the 5 mins left mark? Thanks
You can only bid in live auctions. We publish auctions well in advance of them going live so users can plan which auctions they want to bid in, but until the auction is live which occurs at the 5 minute mark, no bids are accepted.
How do you refund unused bids??
At any time, any UNUSED purchased bids remaining in your account can be refunded without a hassle at your request. You can contact us via LiveChat or via telephone at 1 855 QUIBIDS. We can assist you at that time.
I was the last bidder. The auction ended. Why would I not be the winner?
Send us the auction number at Customer Support and we would be more than happy to look into this for you!
if you are bidding and walk out for awhile and you come back are you locked out?
It depends on the auction and when that particular auction locks. You can read more about Locked Auctions here: http://blog.quibids.com/locked-auctions-winning-just-got-easier/
Is there anyway to set bids more than a penny higher. For example if an item is currently at $5 can Increase the bid to $10?
No, you can only raise the price by a penny at a time.
Ok i just bid on a TV do I have to pay what I bid even if I didntwin the idem ?
No, if you do not win the auction you do not have to pay anything more.
I'm beginner and accidently bought 100 bid so how much does cost?
If you purchased 100 bids, then it costs a total of $60.00. Each bid costs $0.60.
If an item has 50 bids on it and i place 1 bid but don't win the item, am I charged the total at the time I placed the bid (51) or just the 1 that I bid?
Each bid costs just $0.60. These bids are pre-paid and placed in your Bids Account. Every time you press the bid button, a bid ($0.60) is deducted from your account. These bids are non-refundable, once placed into auctions.
Why do I have to buy bids? Can I only buy the 100 bids package?
You have to buy bids so you have something to use in our auctions. The Starter Bid Package of 100 bids is the first package new users purchase, but there are more options available for future purchases. Unused real bids are refundable at your request.
On a "you choose it" auction, it seems that if I'm bidding on an item and someone bids on a separate item in the same auction ID, that it bumps the price on my item. How else can the bids on all of them go up at the same time. This is unethical, if it is true, that a bid on a separate item will raise the bid on my item???
All of our auctions - with the exception of Limit Busters and Voucher Bids - are in You Choose It! format. This means that each auction has a list of up to 100 items that you can choose from! The winner of the auction gets to select from the list the item they want the most! You can read all about it in our blog post, here: http://blog.quibids.com/quibids-new-auction-forma/ Here's how to change the item: 1. Click on My QuiBids. 2. Scroll down the page until you see the won auction. Click on the blue link that says, Auction #____ You Choose It! This is located underneath the title of the auction. It will take you back to the Auction Page. 3. Click the link that says, 'You Choose It! Product Selection'. This will create a pop-up that will list all of the items you can choose from. 4. Simply click the item you want, and you're done!
do you have a catalog listing specific items being auctioned. Can I follow an auction to walk through the process without bidding?
You can use the search bar on our page to find any item we have available. You can also browse our store to see all of our items and find any available auctions. You can watch any auction you wish without having to place any bids.
if the bids that you make are non-refundable and you do not win the bid then in effect aren't you paying more than just 60 cents per bid. For example if I am bidding on an item and the bidding reaches $30.00 and another individual bids $35.00 which is the winning bid am I responsible for paying the $30 that I was biding as well as the 60 cents even though I didn't win the bid?
No, if you lose the auction you do not have to pay the $30.00.
I won an item for 1 cent and got it for free, does that mean anytime someone wins an item for less than 50 cents it's free (barring bid costs)?
If the total cost of the item (auction price + plus any fees) is less than $0.50, it's on us!
how do i cancel
At any time you wish to cancel, you are able to do so through LiveChat, calling 1 855 QUIBIDS, or via email a email@example.com .
Is the bid amount that is not refundable and useful on the Buy Now option, available for anything on Buy Now or just the item on which you were bidding?
You can use the Buy Now on any one item from the auction in which you were bidding, even if it's not the one you bidding on in that auction originally.
I thought when I came upon this site, it advertised free shipping on items won.
At this time, we offer free shipping within the United States! If you were charged shipping, please contact our Customer Support Team and we will rectify that immediately!
When I place a bid, does it ask for the amount I want to bid? Or does it place an automatic amount to the item?
Each bid automatically increases the price by $0.01.
My account is telling me to claim a badge that has 3 free bids, but won't let me "claim the badge".
Contact our Customer Support Team and we will be more than happy to assist you!
is there a certain amout u have to bid?
I encourage you to read through our Help page regarding: How does QuiBids work? Bids cost just $0.60 and can be purchased in bid packs at the Bid Store or in the QBar. These bids are pre-paid and stored in the Bid Credit History section of My QuiBids. Each time you place a bid; it will be deducted from your remaining bids, and will increase the price of the auction by one cent. . No more than 20 seconds is added to the timer whenever a bid is placed. This allows another user the opportunity to bid if interested. It's just like the auctioneer shouting “Going once...Going twice...SOLD!” at a traditional auction. http://www.quibids.com/en/help/faq/15-How-does-QuiBids-work#81
sounds to difficult to be fun. I am out. how do yoy get your information back/
Please contact us via LiveChat, phone 1 855 QUIBIDS or email firstname.lastname@example.org. At any time, any unused purchased bids remaining in your account can be refunded without a hassle at your request.
If I am a beginner and I sign up and put my card number in does it automatically make me buy bids
The only time you are asked for your payment information is when you are making a purchase.
if SOMEONE WINS AN ITEM YOU WERE BIDING ON, CAN YOU BUY THAT ITEM AT THE SAME PRICE OF THE WINNING BIDDER?
No, only the winner is able to purchase the auction for the final price. Everyone else has the option to use their customized Buy Now price.
Do we get free shipping if we win
Shipping is free in the US, unless otherwise noted. For other regions, the fees will be visible to users in the product description for each item on the auction's page.
If I don't use quibids as much....will it charge me some type of fee? Because I didn't even notice it charged me $60. I dont remember buying bids or anything. Is there a registering fee?
There is not a registration fee, however, during the registration, you are given the opportunity to purchase the Starter Bid Package of 100 bids. If you do not make any other purchases, you will not be charged as you are only charged for the purchases you make on our site.
I love quibids coz it jus makes shopping that lil bit more fun
Thanks! That is exactly what we want QuiBids to be for you!
Hi, I am beginner, please, how long does it take for a auction session to terminate. Thanks. gene4ch
Auctions will end when the clock reaches zero, which means it ends when users stop bidding!
Okay, I want to sign up, but right next to where the credit car boxer are at, there is a pack for $60 dollars. By entering my information, am i buying the item ?
Yes, that page is where you purchase your Starter Bid Package of 100 bids!
This sounds way to confusing for me. I want out.
We are sorry to hear that! Please contact our Customer Support Team and we will help you with your request.
If. I bid 20 dollars on an item and I lose, do I lose the twenty dollars OR just the .60 per bid?
You just lose the $0.60 per bid.
Is it possible to spend hundreds of dollars and get nothing for it?
Yes, that is possible, but we don't want that to happen to you which is why we offer the Buy Now so you can apply your bids from the auction towards the cost of the item.
Is there a way to find out what the shipping charges on an item would be before I bid on it? I have searched the 101 and help pages as well as several items description information, I'm not seeing anything about shipping. (Referring to Question 9 above) Thanks!
Shipping and any other fees are included in the Item Description. We want you to be able to see what they are before you commit to bidding.
After reading everything that I have, Can I choose to not go forward with the Bids and get a refund on my credit card for the $ 60.00
Yes, just contact our Customer Support Team and we are more than happy to help you with a refund!
Hard to understand exactly what it costs to bid, or pay up front. I "think" I understand that it costs $.60 for EACH bid, but not sure if I understand right, do you have to pay a one time fee of $60 up front for EVERY bid? sounds a little confusing. Seems there is no place that gives the simply facts of the cost, unless I have missed that in my reading.
The $60.00 pays for 100 bids because each bid costs $0.60. Then when you use one of those bids in an auction, it raises the auction price up by one cent.
it says i have 100 bids does that my credit card will be charged 100 dollars if i use all my bids?
100 bids costs $60.00 and if the bids are in your account, you have already paid for them.
I am still confused, how about a simple example. - Say I use 10 bids on a $50 item, and my last bid was $30 but I lost the bid to someone else, what are my cost? I lose the $6 worth of bids. right. Do I also get charged the $30 for my last bid? Do I then have an option to "Buy Now" and how much would I then pay for the item.
Yes, you lost $6.00 worth of bids. If you lose the auction, you do not have to pay anything else. But you can use the Buy Now option and pay the remaining $44.00 to claim that item so your $6.00 in bids does not go to waste.
What is the typical length of an auction?
There is not a typical length of an auction. Depending on the value of the auction, it can last just a few minutes or go on for hours.
We are limited to 1 penny per bid, so does that mean if an item sells for 2.95, that it took 294 bids to acquire that item at 60 cents per bid to QuiBuds
That is correct. If the auction gets to $2.95, then 295 bids were placed in the auction. However, those bids could be voucher bids, real bids or even free bids.
Is there a particular time that is best to bid at?
There is not a particular time, but we have noticed each user does tend to have a time that they personally prefer.
Why are there multiple items under the same auction number?
What you may be observing is what we call You-Choose it Auctions. This means that you can bid on many different items and once the auction is won, you can select the specific item that you wish to purchase. You can read more about You-Choose it auctions here: http://blog.quibids.com/you-choose-it-auctions-more-products-more-wins/
Just to be clear, the bid packs are not used to pay for the item you win? If I purchase a $60 bid pack, and win an item, I am still responsible for paying for the item?? The bid pack only pays for the ability to place bids, correct? Thank you for your help!
That is correct! However, if you lose the auction, you can apply the value of those bids you used towards the Buy Now option and pay the remaining difference.
the bids cost 60 cents a pop am i right? when i watch the auctions the price only goes up by one cent. am i correct?
Yes, to purchase the bids they cost $0.60 each and they raise the auction price by $0.01 each time a bid is placed in an auction.
I just sent an e-mail to customer service stating the easiest way to explain how Quibids works it's just like going to a casino you have to buy chips before you can bet. In this case it will be "Bid" not "Bet". I hope I'm right on that because when I 1st starting reading 101 I was ready to say "forget this to complicated" but, when the light bulb went on I think it will be fun. Just remember "Vegas was not built on winners!"
QuiBids is not gambling. For an activity to be considered gambling as a matter of law, three elements must be present: consideration, chance and prize. Among other things, the outcomes of QuiBids’ auctions are not determined by chance; therefore, QuiBids auctions are not gambling. Dictionary.com defines gambling as 1. to play at any game of chance for money or other stakes or 2. to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance: to gamble on a toss of the dice. At the very least, the element of risk is taken out due to the Buy Now feature being available on 100% of QuiBids’ auctions. No one has to walk away empty-handed. It is entirely up to the participant whether he or she will use the value of bids spent on an auction as a rebate to the purchase price. The worst case scenario should be someone walking away from the site with an item at the value price, which is typically a good “internet” price. QuiBids’ Buy Now feature eliminates the potential for loss.
I thought each auction had a 20 second counter that restarted why do I see bis witth a 4 minute or 5 minute counter--what's going on there?
Auctions are scheduled hours in advance and the clock ticks down to zero. When the clock reaches the 5 minute mark, you will be able to begin bidding on those auctions. Each time a bid is placed, up to 20 seconds will be added back to the time.
Much appreciated help!
Thanks! We want everyone to enjoy QuiBids so we try to make sure there are lots of ways we can help you learn!
If I only have 5 bids left in my account and use them up , can I keep bidding and it will be charged to my card ,or do I have to stop and go purchase more bids ?
You have to purchase bids in a pre-paid package. But you can do so without leaving the screen you are currently on by using the QBar at the bottom of your screen.
i am a bit confused... so if you win a tablet that cost $649.99 and you won it at $10.00 will you pay $10.00 or is it just 10.00 off the price
If you win the auction for $10.00, you will only pay $10.00 during check out.