QuiBids Scam? I’d Stay Away
Have you been watching television lately? If so, you may have seen advertisements for an online auction site called QuiBids that claims to offer consumers a chance to nab high-end merchandise for almost nothing.
In case you haven’t seen the company’s commercials, I’ve embedded one below. Although I’m not thrilled about giving these guys free advertisement; since I’ll be trashing them in the coming paragraphs, it’ll probably be alright.
How they get you
The QuiBids scam works like this: you spend your hard-earned cash on bidpacks; you use these bids on one of their auctions; you lose the auction; you lose your bids. Awesome! Although someone does finally win the item for a pretty nice price, all the other bidders lose their bids and the money they used to purchase them. Meanwhile, QuiBids makes a killing, as compulsive gambling types continue to throw their money away on auction after auction.
Besides being deceptive as hell, this company has also been accused of using automated bots to make fake bids that keep auctions alive longer and promote bidder failure. When comparing monthly visitors to actual bidders, some have noticed that they don’t match up, with more bidders than visitors. How interesting.
It’s not clear whether this penny auction site is underhanded or just taking advantage of consumer ignorance; however, I wouldn’t use it just because I’m smart. If you like to gamble; go to Las Vegas. If you want to score bargains online, use a reputable site like eBay.
Ryan Lawrence is a freelance copywriter and special contributor to TheMansWebsite.com.