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QuiBids 101

Going After the 'Big One'

Who would turn down a brand new MacBook Pro or a Samsung television for $24.60? We offer such opportunities to our users every day. So how do you actually land the big fish? Here’s what we recommend:

Set realistic expectations

It’s important to understand that the more expensive items will generate the most competition. Items costing more than $1,000 will always generate a lot of interest and bidding. It isn’t uncommon for more than 100 people to bid on these items in a single auction. These auctions are high risk/high reward and ought to be treated that way. 

Winning such an auction with a small number of bids is possible and happens every day. Recently, user SHILE06 won a Nikon D90 12.3MP DSLR Camera + Lenses with only 4 bids placed! This isn’t the norm, though. Most users who win more expensive items place a considerable number of bids before winning.  Feel free to try your hand at winning with only a few bids placed, but do so with the knowledge that such a win is much less statistically likely.

Study up!

Focus on an item that you want to win and watch other auctions for it. There are many factors that affect what price an item will ultimately sell for. Many can be learned by observation. For example, certain items will generate more competition and bidding at night than in the afternoon. Savvy users are often rewarded for doing research before bidding on a large auction.

Eyes on the prize!

Focus your bidding on a single auction at a time. Users who focus their attention on one item have a higher success rate and are generally more satisfied with their experience using QuiBids. Also, never enter an auction without a sufficient number of bids. Keeping your focus means doing whatever it takes to avoid leaving mid-auction to purchase additional bids. 

Finally, be sure to set a budget on bids you’re willing to spend and stick to it. 

What if I don’t win?

Our QuiBids commitment to you is to provide a fun, engaging shopping experience and plenty of great deals. One way we stand by this commitment is the “Buy Now” feature, which allows you to use any bids that were placed during an auction toward the retail market value of that product. It’s a security blanket that lets you walk confidently into any auction knowing that you’ll never have to pay more than our retail price for the auctioned item. It’s our way of showing how much we appreciate your business.

We hope this advice all helps you haul in the “Big One.” We love to hear from our users, and encourage you to share any and all other tips they have to help win the “Big One” in our comments section below.

QuiBids does not guarantee that enacting the suggestions listed above will lead to winning any auction.  Auctions are dependent on the users participating in them and so one can never be certain what another user will do.

HOWEVER, following the guidelines listed above will increase your odds of winning in a given auction, especially if you’re a beginner. The article above should be read as a well-informed opinion, not a formalized mode of operation.

Comments (22)


Anielsen Says:

Wednesday February 24, 2010

In one week, I got about $2,000 in prizes for about $60. The time and activity on the auctions are vital. It pays to watch several different types of product auctions to be able to recognize "shotguns", "bullies", and those who just want in on the auction (and usually waste a lot of money and bids). I don't have a nickname for the last one. One of my tips I will give, watch the bid voucher auctions, they can tell you who is low on bids in simultaneous auctions.



Wednesday February 24, 2010

I bid on a MacBook Pro with only 16 bids and won it!!! There is definitely a certain time window of opportunity where big items can be won!!!. My next purchase will be a 50 inch plasma. I'll keep you updated


gbfluteman Says:

Saturday February 27, 2010

Though I recently did not win the TV I was bidding for (because I distracted myself via Facebook), I will have to say that I definitely appreciate the openness and honesty you guys have. I also like the auction model. I think it's an excellent system that makes it so everyone has a chance to actually win an item since the counter resets to a certain point based on the current value of the item- not just the guy who happens to be able to refresh faster than everyone else (on Ebay, you can use that to your advantage; I know- I certainly have).


wildbill62 Says:

Monday March 22, 2010

I got a Wii Nintendo for $0.23 cents! Thank you QuiBids!


satingirl Says:

Saturday May 22, 2010

I am new -- joined yesterday. I won the MacPro 15.4" for $18.75 and to say that I am thrilled -- is an understatement!

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Whoa! That's awesome satingirl! Congratulations!


klstockdale Says:

Monday June 14, 2010

Are the products sold on your site authentic brands? True name brand products? Or are any of your products knock-offs? For example a Canon Rebel EOS camera.

kmcmullen@QuiBids Says:

Everything listed on our site is the real deal! All products are brand-new and factory sealed.


dedude1 Says:

Tuesday August 3, 2010

Great site!On my first day I won three $15.00 iTunes gift cards for $0.64, $0.68 and $1.60. My number of bids used were 9, 10 and 2 for the three auctions. I spent $21.49 total (bid amounts, plus $0.60 per bid plus $1.99 shipping for each item) for $45 worth of iTunes cards, so I saved about 52%.


eltemo10 Says:

Monday August 23, 2010

This site is great! I can't stop talking about it to my friends. I've won over $1,000 dollars in products and paid under $400. 60% discount is unbelievable. My big prize was a 32" LG HDTV for $100 total with shipping and bids (25 of them). Thanks Quibids!

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

Great! We're so excited you're enjoying the site and doing well! Tell your friends!



Thursday September 30, 2010

I 100% agree with the article above. Before you go after "the big one" you must do your homework.


sawzall555 Says:

Friday October 15, 2010

Nice site...I won a cruise worth $1800 for a little under $300 - to do this, you must establish yourself as the dominant force in the auction. Convince the others that you will stop at nothing, like you plan on buying the item even if you will need a significant number of bids (I used over 400), and time devoted to the auction. The risk is there in a high-dollar item, I imagined I total bid-budget of 15% of the item price, but when you get to 15%, you still have to see who else is biding and keep going if possible due to the large investment. Good luck!


orlfrorl59 Says:

Wednesday November 16, 2011

I was referred to QuiBids by a friend and love the site. This is the real deal I won a 46" Samsung TV valued at $1300 for just $116, a $295 purse for $3.23 and several other items. Don't bounce all over the place and concentrate on the items you want and the budget you set. I am doing all my Christmas shopping from right here. No malls, traffic, or crowds to deal with. I am going to be a hero with my family and friends these holidays for a small fraction of the cost.

katiehern@QuiBids Says:

That is awesome!


bugleann7 Says:

Friday June 22, 2012

Is their anyway you can determine what a bid went after it has been removed from the bid list. Bugleann7

asidney@QuiBids Says:

If you have placed at least 1 bid in an auction, that auction will remain in your Bidding History for you to view even after the auction has ended.


kem94 Says:

Friday October 26, 2012

Very impressed with this site. Just won a garnet ring for five cents!!! With shipping and handling only 3.99, I paid less than $5 for a fifty dollar ring. Will be doing more shopping from here.


robsrocks Says:

Monday November 5, 2012

I just started bidding today. I focused on bidding on this one 40" samsung LED tv and little did I know, I was going to be the winner! I'm extremely happy and lucky!! :) So far, this is a great experience for me.


mokhtadir Says:

Friday November 30, 2012

I was lucky, I won Cuisinart 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer - White for only $5.72! For sure will be back for more shopping. love the site :)


Sterling05 Says:

Sunday February 23, 2014

I'm confused. I read here that the max amount of bids that can be used on the Bid-O-Matic was 25. I was in an auction for a Canon DSLR T3 and there were quite a few people who, from beginning to end, used nothing but the Bid-O-Matic to place bids, and the bids placed were at regular intervals. I got suspicious and checked at least 10-12 other auctions, all that were completely unrelated to each other and the same bidders from the Canon auction were also on all the other auctions, using the Bid-O-Matic for well over 25 bids. Are you guys using bots to jack up the item prices? If not, how are people using the Bid-O-Matic for more than 25 bids?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

The Bid-O-Matic can only be set with 25 bids. However, once it has run out or been manually shut off, it can be reset to continue bidding for a user.


Lammy12 Says:

Sunday March 16, 2014

Do they hit you up for a huge shipping charge?

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

In the US, shipping is free, unless otherwise noted. For all other regions all additional fees will be visible in the product description for each item.


jankat Says:

Friday August 29, 2014

what are the additional fees

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Any fees will be listed in the Item Description.


wojtyla39 Says:

Tuesday September 2, 2014

It all sounds like fun.....

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

A lot of people think it is fun! We hope you enjoy!


LewisQueen123 Says:

Saturday September 6, 2014

Anxious to get started

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Good luck! But for the best experience, take your time to learn first!


amzaoa Says:

Sunday October 26, 2014

Today is my first day, I won a Melissa and Doug item for 1 cent :). this will be a great gift for my son! I love the site. Bids definitely go fast though. I wish there was a way to earn free bids. I know about the badges and games but you have to win in order for you to get bids. I do love the site :).

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

We are glad to hear that you had a great experience.


ccheff3 Says:

Friday November 14, 2014

How are people winning items for anything less than $0.60, when that is the minimum bid? Thanks, ~Newbie

jpayne5@QuiBids Says:

Each bid costs $0.60, but they raise the price of the auction by only $0.01. That means if only 5 bids are placed in an auction, the final auction price is $0.05 which is what the winner will pay to claim that item!

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