Buyers Beware

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    Just a heads up to warn you about some of these Auction Bidding sites,one I joined XBids turned out to be a scam and has walked away with thousands of posters money and did not mail them the items they won on the bidding.

    Al.
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    Sorry to hear that Al. Actually I have been reading up on Quibids but haven't signed up yet. This is one of those auction sites where you pay to bid. And besides, they advertise here (with that person who I swear is a Rachel Ray look-a-like). Oh heart be still!

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    I als figured it was a scam. If it sounds to good to be true, most of the time it is ;-) ipad for $23, yeah right! Everyone would have one.
    That lady is a rachel ray look alike.
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    It is too good to be true...one person paid $23 and everyone else that bid also paid on it. And they have a minimum credits that everyone has to buy in order to bid.

    And heres how it works. On eBay everyone is bidding to win the ability to pay....not on these sites. On these sites you pay as you bid!

    So you bid 50¢ and so does 30 other people...you keep on upping your bid (actually paying that amount) until the timer ran out....somebody may end up only paying $23 for that iPad but the site made $600 on it! And all the losing bidders paid and get nothing!
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    Here are some post of the people that have been ripped off. The website has been down for weeks. I lost my $75.00 and never had a chance to bid,also the site was recommended by a reporter fron a TV network.

    xBids Scam
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    This is exactly how I understand it to be. With one caviat, I believe you can take the amount you ultimately paid to bid, and apply it to the retail cost of the item.

    I really do believe that one person out of many bidding do walk away with that great price. So, if you were looking to get an item anyway (and are willing to pay full retail) this may not be a bad idea. Who knows, you may time it just right and be the lucky one to submit that final bid....

    Me personally, I would just look for the best price possible and buy it elsewhere (although on Apple products it is hard to find any discounts unless you go refurb or something which is not a bad thing to do either). Too much time to waste for such a slim chance of being the "lucky one".

    I am talking about Quibids above.
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    The winners of the bid have yet to receive the item they won,they don't even have the items to ship. They are making thousands on a bid then walk away.

    Al.
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    Gentlefury's assessment is pretty much right on. These sites are basically gambling sites when you think of it. I have a friend that has made a killing bidding on (on winning) gift cards. I'm not sure what his system is, but he has walked away with well over $1000 in gift cards and his total amount paid is something like $200. I have a feeling the bidding on premium items like the iPad is much harder to win though.
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    I agree-too much time to waste for the slim chance to be the lucky one. I still am leery and smell scam at the same time. Apple refurb seems the better way to go. Get a good as new product, still laying out some $$$, but not as many.
    1991-C4, LOL about Rachel Ray, BTW!
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    Is it my imagination that I no longer see Rachel Ray and the bidding advert after I posted the warning.

    Al.
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    I don't really see how anyone could actually believe one of these silly ads. Sorry, Al!

    And ~

    I don't think that looks like Rachel at all ~ just her hair. That's it.

    Just sayin...
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    MSNBC just did an article about these sites. They truly are more of a paid "sweepstakes" than an auction site.

    They are being looked into to see if they are considered "gambling" by the US government.
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    It should be called Suckers R Us. Those sites are nothing more than a con to get your hard earned money. If it sounds to good to be true it usually isn't. Take these car dealers that send you a key to see if it will open the car...lol. Have ya ever heard of someone who has won the car. Anytime you buy from any site on the internet you need to Google it first to see what the public has to say about it. ;)
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    Click here for an explanation of BBB Ratings
    This company came to the BBB's attention October 20, 2010. Complaints on file with BBB concern a $75.00 registration fee that is charged to the consumer's credit card without first telling the consumer that this fee would be taken. The company's website shows when you register, the purchase of Bid Packs are already marked for you, if you add your credit card information which is not required to register, and submit, you will then be charged for the Bid Pack that is selected. After speaking with some consumers on this issue they state that they purchased bids packs for $45.00 and were charged $75.00. Complaints also concern consumers being unable to reach customer service, emails to the company as well as phone calls are not returned. BBB has tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with this company. They have not returned calls or emails.

    On February 14, 2011 BBB was informed that the address used by this company is a mailing address, only, and that they are not physically located at 1 Market Street in San Francisco.

    If you have a complaint, we encourage you to file one with us. You may also file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.org.
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    Thats brutal... and it was a google ad?
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    I think is was,plus it was endorsed by two TV channels and a reporter that said she tried it out and won a laptop. It was because of the TV station and the reporter that I was suckered in.:mad:

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