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QuiBids 101

5 Commandments to Winning

So you’re questing after the Holy Grail... the secret to winning all auctions that’ll stockpile your house with HDTVs in every bedroom, laptops hinging on desks that spring out in front of every toilet, and gift cards for everyone who comes over. 

That might be a stretch, but admit it — your expectation once reached this high. We hate to throw a bucket of cold water on your dreamy-dream, but we feel obligated to: It’s fiction. It’s not real. There’s no set-in-stone rules that’ll deliver untold consumer goods to your doorstep seven days a week.

HOWEVER, there are a few commandments we suggest you follow when entering an auction. A little strategy and savvy goes a long way to sharpening your bidding skills. They go like this:

Know thy Self. This one’s not about self-searching or uncovering your hidden potential or discovering your inner chi. You must know that winning higher-value items will require a great deal of skill, patience and bids. Longer auctions require more of all three of these things, especially patience. It helps to think of an auction like a long-distance race. If you haven’t been training, then you’re walking up to the starting line at a severe disadvantage to other runners with more experience who are much better conditioned.

Knowing which auction you are most likely to win is valuable knowledge on our site.

Know thy Limits.  Nobody likes to hear the word ‘budgeting’. But everybody loves saving money. We’ll do our best to help prevent you from exceeding the retail price of the item by sending you warnings. However, you must exercise your best judgment and willingness to use the ‘Buy Now’ feature if those bids start adding up. Stay within your limits!

Know thy Competition.  You've probably heard this before, possibly from other tip forums. Unfortunately, it's true: There are some bidders who refuse to let up, even if that means paying twice the retail price on an item. 

For those people...Well, we’re sorry to see them waste those bids and money. The rest of you need to learn to recognize such users and avoid participating in the same auctions. It’s also usually wise to stay away from auctions with a large number of users participating.

Thou shall not be Cheap. While users regularly hit big with absurd deals on QuiBids, it’s a good rule of thumb to be willing to part with at least a 1/3 of the item's retail cost. We find that users willing to spend this much in bids are far more statistically likely to claim victory in any given auction. You gotta give a little to get a lot.   

Know thy ways to get the hookup. By hookup, we mean FREE bids! Remember that with every friend you refer, you earn 25 FREE bids. So, refer away! Please make sure before they sign up that they’re familiar with what an entertainment retail auction site is and have read through our QuiBids 101 section, as well as our Terms & Conditions

We would love for your friends and family to join in on the fun! We do want everybody to spend time familiarizing themselves with the site, so as to avoid 'The 3 Biggest Mistakes Beginners Make.' They're bound to lose if they don’t take the time to understand QuiBids, and that’s no fun for anybody. So please, inform them first! After that, refer away!

A recap - Think things through, know yourself and what you'll commit to. Set a goal (or goals) when you start and don't stray from it (or them). Know when to stop bidding in an auction and mind the ‘Buy Now’ feature. Know your competition and mind the number of bidders in a particular auction. Then use this knowledge when deciding whether to continue bidding or not.

Comments (38)


scionxdfun08 Says:

Wednesday February 24, 2010

I am trying to find the purchasing restrictions. I found if you win 12 items in a period of time you have to wait 28 days to win again. Not sure what that period of time is, actually. Isn't there something about if you win a high dollar item, where the value of it is over, say $250, you have to wait then too? What if you had won a couple cheap items, then are in for a big win, are the previous win amount added to what you may be bidding on, and prevent you from winning because you will be over the limit on your bids for that period? Am I making this more confusing than it is?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

I think I understand what you're saying.They do not all add up to the price limit.So you can win 12 $50 items within a 28 period. Or one item for the higher price ($285), plus 11 other small auctions under that limit all in a 28 day period.



Sunday April 11, 2010

If after I bid on an item and someone beats that, do I lose my bids

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

That is correct, unless you utilize the 'Buy Now' feature.


drfeagin Says:

Wednesday November 10, 2010

On average, how long does it take to receive items won in an auction? Is there a tracking number for shipping?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Once your item is shipped you will receive a shipment email. Once you receive the shipment email it takes about 7-10 business days for your item to reach your home.If you have an item that has a tracking number that information will be provided to you via email.


beckinc Says:

Saturday May 14, 2011

When I register do I automatically have to buy a certain number of bids?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

All new users are required to purchase the "Starter Bids Pacakage" initially. After that, other options (smaller and larger) become available in the "Buy Bids" section of your account.


blessing75 Says:

Friday May 20, 2011

What does it mean when there is an item plus say, 25 bids? Does that mean if you win, you receive the item plus 25 bids?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes, if you ever see an auction that has an item plus a certain amount of bids then that means you will receive that item plus that number of bids.


erniet43 Says:

Sunday June 19, 2011

How do I use "Bid-O-Matic?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

In order to activate your Bid-O-Matic (BOM), you must put a start time and you must also enter in the number of bids you would like to enter into the BOM. For example, lets say you are participating in an auction and the auction price is currently at $1.00. Lets say that you want your BOM to go off when the auction price reaches $1.05, you would then enter $1.05 in the box that is labeled "Bid From". The maximum number of bids that you can enter in the BOM is 25, and the minimum number of bids that you can enter in is 3. In the box labeled " # Of Bids" you would enter in a number from 3-25 bids in this box. Please note, that the number of times you can reactive your BOM is limited to protect server load.


MrYumYums16 Says:

Wednesday June 29, 2011

How long do I have until my bids expire?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

You can access this information by logging into your account and looking under the link " Bid Credit History." This link will take you to a page that will give you all the information you will need about your bids. This pages contains the number, type, and expiration dates of all your bids.


Sevenhills7 Says:

Friday August 5, 2011

If each bid is equal to $.60 how do you win something for a $.01

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

All of our bids have a $.60 value. However, whenever you place a bid on an auction the auction price goes up only $.01.For example, if you were to place one bid in an auction and win you would only have to pay $.01 for that item.


cathynastars Says:

Wednesday August 17, 2011

I would like to refer some friends, how do I do this??

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

All you would need to do is send your friend the referral link. You can access this link in your account on the lower left hand side of your My QuiBids page.


sonjalor Says:

Wednesday September 7, 2011

Some bidders are typed "single" while others are "Bid-O-Matic", what is the difference between the two types of bidders? Does one bitter pay a higher price? Is one bidder a guarantee winner if she/he wins an item?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Whenever it says "single" or "BOM" it is indicating the way the bidder is placing their bids. "Single" means that the bidder is manually placing bids one at a time at their discretion. When it states "BOM" it means that the user has set up the BOM feature to place bids for them.


Binabob Says:

Wednesday September 14, 2011

How do I search for what I am interested in?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

If you would like to refine your search on our website you can click on the drop down box that is labeled " QuiBids Live Auctions." This box is located on the dark grey bar at the top of the page. Once you click on this box it will display all of our auctions in categories. Once you click on the category of your choice pages of auctions will appear pertaining to that category.


lilleyr1 Says:

Saturday October 15, 2011

It looks like all the bids go up by $0.01 , is this true or do some bids go up by larger amounts? I can see how QuiBids makes their money if this is the case!

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

No, every auction price only goes up by one cent.


TRYING11 Says:

Saturday October 15, 2011

Can you choose to use real bids or voucher bids?

lstuckemeyer@QuiBids Says:

Yes, we have that option available to you in the "Bid Credit History" section.


Mc789789 Says:

Sunday October 23, 2011

when does an auction end what determines the last bid?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

An auction ends when the timer reaches zero. The last person to place a bid when the timer reaches zero is the winner of that auction.


phiphamxuan Says:

Sunday October 30, 2011

I have lost an auction. There is an automatic email said that "You spent a total of $15.00, and you can apply it to Buy Now!" This means my bank account has been deducted $15.00 right?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

That email was explaining that you have spent $15 worth of bids into that auction. So that money was taken out of you bid account. The email was offering you the Buy Now for that item and we would deduct the monetary value of bids you placed into that auction (in this case $15) from the retail value of the item.


norkasimalta Says:

Sunday October 30, 2011

can i bid from the England?

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Yes! QuiBids is now in the UK!


Jeanie4123 Says:

Sunday February 26, 2012

What is the meaning of the green and orange symbols next to an item?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

The symbols indicate a Hybrid auction. The symbol will either read '1xGP' or '+20 bids'. The 1xGP means that if you win that auction you get a game added to your account! The '+20 bids' means that when you win the auction you also get that amount of bids credited to your account.


Lomccabe Says:

Saturday April 28, 2012

I was noticing that when people are bidding on a certain item there is a flash that says 1 bid +3 or 2 bids +5. I thought every time someone bid it was 1 bid and added 20 seconds to the clock. What am I misunderstanding? Oh, and what happens to the extra bids left on Bid-o-Matic once the auction has ended?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Each time a bid is placed time will be added to the clock. Lets say the auction time is at 17 seconds when a bid is placed, instead of adding 20 additional seconds to the current 17 seconds, only 3 seconds will be added so that the time will equal 20. You are seeing that 17(+3) = 20.


nikkys Says:

Wednesday July 25, 2012

if i loose a bid and i want to use the buy now option, how long do i have to do that and am i only limited to items/products i placed bid on?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

You can use the 'Buy Now' option at anytime during an auction and for two hours after the auction has ended. The 'Buy Now' option is only available to you on auctions where you have placed at least one bid.


jmarvelous Says:

Monday July 30, 2012

Is there a way to look back at completed auctions and see a trend of how much an item sells for? without putting those items on your watchlist?

eklyons@QuiBids Says:

Directly on the auction page, towards the bottom of the screen, there is a tab titled, "Statistics." The Statistics tab will provide valuable information for ended auctions similar to the one you are viewing.


lasu1 Says:

Monday December 3, 2012

Why do I see three or or items on the screen, like 3 cameras, and the bid price is identical and the no. of bidders is identical. Would I be bidding on 3 cameras at one time?

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. Here is a link to a blog that explains You Choose It auctions in more detail:


frank196527 Says:

Friday January 10, 2014

if i lose the auction do i get my bids back in my account

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

No, once a bid is placed in an auction, you don't get it back. But you can apply the value of your real bids towards the item value for the Buy Now option.


gbeldi Says:

Thursday January 16, 2014

What are the general shipping fees to Canberra, Australia?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

The shipping fees will be listed in the Item Description for your review prior to bidding!


Grant196 Says:

Saturday January 18, 2014

Hi Okay if I am watching a item and I wrote to page number down that it was it won't stay on that page the auction moves the item around too different pages thank for your time.

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

What you are experiencing will only occur on the main auction list. With thousands of auction being held each day, new items are constantly being added and completed auctions being removed. This can cause items to shift position on a page and at times even change pages. There are two features we have that you should be aware of while bidding from the main page: First is the Watch List. When you add an item to the Watch List, it will remain there as long as it is an active auction. You can view your Watch List from the My QuiBids tab in the main part of that screen. Second is the Auctions Participated in Today section. There you can always go to see what auctions you have been bidding in within the current day.


buck1013 Says:

Wednesday January 29, 2014

how does the bidding end? When everyone except one person gets tired of bidding?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

The bidding ends when the clock is allowed to count all the way down to zero.


mab37956 Says:

Saturday February 8, 2014

I was about to place a bid on an item that had no bidders, so I placed my bid with 2 seconds left. It didn't register my bid and then deemed some other bidder the winner (who placed their bid with 1 second left) without adding any time to the clock. Why did this happen?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

It sounds like you experienced some internet lag or latency. Contact our Customer Support Team with the auction number though so we can look into this for you.


grey55fox Says:

Thursday February 13, 2014

Will I know the price I would pay for an item before I select Buy Now? If not, can I withdraw my Buy Now offer after I see the price or have I committed to the purchase?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Yes, you will be able to see the Buy Now price on the screen before you make that choice. You will also be asked to confirm the purchase details including price during checkout with the option to quit at any time.


Ijeoma29 Says:

Sunday March 9, 2014

I have just joined and I bought the starter bids which cost £36. After joining I read the way Quibids works and I am not happy to continue. What happens with my money if I did not bids at all. Would you refund my money back or do I lose my money for not bidding even once.

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Contact our Customer Support Team and we will be happy to discuss a refund for you!


juzzster Says:

Monday March 10, 2014

what does "locked" mean?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

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:


Pokwer Says:

Thursday March 27, 2014

how much does it usually cost to ship items to alberta canada?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

The shipping charges for each item are listed in the Item Description.


Vinitaur Says:

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Do I get a pop up or notification when the bidding starts for the items in watchlist

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

No, we recommend you note the time your desired auction is to start.


phoenixintheruff Says:

Thursday May 8, 2014

Are there more than one of the items being bid for - meaning that many people can 'buy now' and get the item at different prices separate from the one being bid for?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Yes, multiple people can order the same item from an auction.


roadtorest Says:

Saturday May 24, 2014

im new after reading all the info im more confused where do i start

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Contact our Customer Support Team and we will be more than happy to help clarify our site for you.


ozzyhammer Says:

Wednesday May 28, 2014

can i bid from australia

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Yes, we are active in Australia and welcome your participation on our site!


IllustratorMike Says:

Sunday June 1, 2014

If i bid on an item just once and at the end of the auction I choose the Buy Now feature because I didn't win, then will I pay the amount that the auction winner pays or will I pay the Value Price that is listed for the product from the very beginning of the auction?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

You will pay the difference in the Value Price and the value of the bids you used in that auction.


ccrfrd Says:

Friday June 20, 2014

Do you get charged 60 cents for every time you click bid now, or is that 60 cents per bidding item?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

It is $0.60 per bid, not bidding item. The bids are pre-paid though so you do not have to pay for them after the auction.


cullen6767 Says:

Sunday June 22, 2014

I'm new and trying to get my barrings . So if I bid on something let's say $1 and I get out bid and place a $5 bid I'm now $6 into this item correct? And if I lose I lost $6 right?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

It you win the item with your second bid, you pay $5.00 (the final auction price). If you lose your bid, you do not owe the $6.00, in fact, you don't owe anything else unless you choose the Buy Now.


sng4me Says:

Thursday July 3, 2014

I seem to have pushed a button and am now in speed auctions only. How do I reset this?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Change the filter settings when you are on the main page of auctions. You can deselect that option from the drop-down box. Need help? Contact our Customer Support Team.

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