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Alternate auctions

submitted on January 2, 2010 by equipurple in "Member's Lounge"
I imagine most of us have bought items on Ebay. Has anyone bought through alternative auctions.
Bidz is one, similar to Ebay, but bidding at the close refreshes the auction clock another 10 or 15 seconds.
The newest kind is "auction entertainment" from Swoopo and others. Like Bidz, last second bidding refreshes the clock. But unlike Bidz and Ebay, you have to buy bids. So every time you bid, you are adding another 60 cents to your purchase total.
Any experiences out there?
 

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  • 47554
    JackBauer
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    Posted by JackBauer on January 2, 2010
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    I have played on Bidrivals, but I have never won.
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 2, 2010
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    The few we've looked at did not have nearly the volume of listings as eBay, so we never took them seriously. At least, not for selling anything, because we didn't think there was enough traffic there to get a good price for our items. And there was no buyer protection in place, although your credit card company would fight any fraudulent charge for you.
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on January 2, 2010
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    If you want an auction alternative, there's a site called ioffer.

    On ioffer, people list items in a store format. As a buyer, you can either buy the item outright for the price listed or you can make them an offer which the seller can either accept, reject or counter-offer. In essence, you can haggle.

    I've purchased items on both ebay and ioffer. They both have their good and bad qualities.
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    • JackBauer
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      Posted by JackBauer on January 8, 2010
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      I have purchased from ioffer as well.
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on January 8, 2010
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    http://bidealio.com/page/crazy-deal-of-the-day

    1/8/10 - Get 10 Free Bids (normally...only 5) when you register with a new account (it's free, so join today!)


    Never tried the site before, but remembered you guys taking about it. So figured I'd post it here.
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on March 1, 2010
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    Been looking at bidcactus.com thinking about it, but I just can't get myself to pull the trigger on actually joining and paying just for the chance to bid on something.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on March 1, 2010
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    Swoopo is nothing like eBay so don't mix the two. Swoopo is more like a lottery where each bid costs $$ and you are not guaranteed to win. Read this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08.....17shop.htm

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