iPennybid Feedback

UPDATE: Another WINNING bidder, the one mentioned below that did not receive their winning item, they were refunded but was still also required to scan in their driver’s license.

iPennyBid is the first and only penny auction site that we have heard of to require a scan of a photo ID.

It looks like iPennybid’s penny auction site is still going strong!

There are 6 items ending simultaneously right now: ipennybid items

  • 16 GB iPhone 3GS
  • Sony Bravia 40inch LCD Television
  • Sony Cybershot 9.1MP Digital Camera
  • HP G60-440US 16-Inch Laptop
  • Garmin nüvi 780 4.3-Inch Widescreen GPS
  • Onkyo HT-S5200 7.1-Channel

We’ve received many skeptical comments, 2 saying that they won items, we E-mailed one user to follow up today and she told us that iPennyBid did not have her item available and they refunded her money:

IpennyBidder August 13, 2009 at 4:30 am

I was doing a search on how to pay for items won on ipennybid as I won something on there today (and their site is UNBELIVABLY SLOW) – have to say I was shocked to see my username printed on your “are these people real list” several times – I can assure you I am real 😮 ) – I won the item in question – an item you doubted their price – Im in Australia and that item retails new for $419 which is actually more than they stated. At the end of the auction I started to wonder if I was competing with a shill bidder or bot as that person was then bidding with bid buddy for another item immeditatly after the auction I was bidding on finished. I emailed ipennybid today as I cant see how to pay for the item I won – there literally is no place to pay! They have a section for won items and its there but status is blank and there is no click here to pay link – Im just glad I bought my bids through Paypal – in the past when things go wrong online I have got my money back (mostly with ebay purchases) but also one other time off ebay I always use Paypal when the option is there for this reason – so will let you know if you like if things turn out or how they turn out!

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show details 10:39 AM (5 hours ago)

Hello, Did you ever get anything from ipennybid? Thanks!

10:39 AM (5 hours ago)   IPENNYBID BIDDER       to me

show details 12:32 PM (3 hours ago)

Hi .. Yes and No .. There was a screw up but it wasn’t on the end of iPennyBid they bought an itouch from an Australian site – they paid full price (just over $400 AUD) the site had the item on back order but this wasn’t clear on the site – the Autralian site couldn’t get it in so iPennyBid approved a full refund to me – I got the money instead so I’m happy with them – they followed through with everything!

Yes iPennybid does have an Australian site www.au.ipennybid.com.

From iPennyBid’s FAQs:

Q. Am I only bidding against people in my own country?

A. At present and in order to keep the auction exciting and to prevent us pausing auctions we merge all bidders into all auctions. This means a user in the United States has the potential to bid against a user in Australia.)

Q. How much do you charge for shipping?

A. If you live in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States then shipping is completely FREE!. If you live in a different country, we may add a surcharge ($50 USD or below) on to your delivery.

Read the rest of the comments we’ve received for iPennybid.com after the jump.

Chad P. September 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

After putting more than $100 into the site, I came to the same conclusion as many of the people here. It is not a valid way to purchase items. The coincidence of the bidding that goes on (one evening at exactly 10 second left on each auction it would reset with a new bidder) made me start questioning the validity. The names of the people were not ones that a person who would be bidding would create, in my opinion. I think I happened to be in on a night when things were not running well by the “bidders” becuase nothing was selling, hmmm, just mark me a lesson learned kind of guy.

Paul G September 8, 2009 at 5:44 am

Although I have bid many times my bid stock does not diminish?

so have I done my wad on registration and all else is futile?

Smells really bad!

site seems very slow at times also? any other similar storys, and whats a bid buddy? mentioned but not explained …

Free lunches .. must be the big que…

Peter September 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi, Well i would love to hear from someone who actually has one. I sank $200 trying to win a GPS unit. The action seemed to last about 18 hours finishing at 4am conveniently seconds after my session timed out and at an amazing high price!! I tend to agree with other posters…. scam. I believe there are some REAL bidders, but the system basically just takes all you money and then you still win nothing. Interesting also that they are able to source so many iphone 3GS phones since they are sold out everywhere!

Barbara Sawyer-Koch September 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I couldn’t agree more with your conclusions. I have also squandered away $205, stayed up all night, bid so many times that I had a refined sense of the time lag for bids to record. Ipennybid.com seems to arbitrarily decide if bidding should be cut off at 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 seconds. I also lost at least three bids for the system timing me out at the end, despite having bid every minute or so in the interim–using up the costly points/pennies. I would like any input as to what options we have to challenge their software. When I looked at the fine print on their website, they have clearly ruled out any challenges based upon their system malfunction–as it did this weekend–effectively locking out bid options by the serving going down, coming up, going down.

I am one livid bidder and would like to pursue action if I can determine this is intentional on the part of ipennybid.com. Any guidance is welcome.

david sandler September 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I thought i would give it a go got my pennys started bidding on iphone same bidders about three of us i got rid of about $60.00 ran out of bids iphone was about 23 dollars

so i watched being broke and low and behold about 5 mins later item was won by some one who wasnt in the bidding and i noticed a lag just before this happened must be a bot

i dont think ipenny bid is going through much stock at all but there making a fortune where ever they are there not in canada as they claim and strangely enough they do have a telephone system I am very sceptical and i think you should be to. scam

Tim August 17, 2009 at 11:47 am

I used Ipennybid…well I didnt buy any bids. When watching live auction the site always timed out and sent me to the homepage as soon as the item was purchased so I had no way of actually getting that last bid in….a little fishy.

rebecca August 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

You know what I guess??? Many scam panny auction site used Plimus merchant account. They don’t open up the merchant account with their own company name. They always used plimus payment option even paypal payment thru plimus.com That I notice. They don’t want to show their address and detail from payment options. That is why they used plimus merchant. (Bidsticks.com, grababid.com and other many company)Also, many scam site don’t reply back about your email or contact us.

MG August 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm

ive been one of this sites scammed clients! These guys must use bots to prevent people from winning. Most of the time the person who wins has only been bidding couple of times before…if someone uses an autobid robot, then they have a bot to counter that…it changes names often and quite a few of them have a numeric inserted in the names…not that its not common for people to do it, but the names look autoprogrammed…like a sequence of names and numbers randomly generated. All i can say is stay away from this website!

Ron August 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

I can’t be sure, but the more I watch this sight the more I think it is a scam. Yesterday, I wantched a bidder (Warrenkg) bid more than 2000 times on a Samsung TV. When I started watching at $20 he was already bid buddy bidding (so who knows when he started), but he pretty much bid every second bid until 71.99!! On top of this he also had a second bid buddy going on a TomTom for over $10, and was making single bids on other items. Of course he did not end up getting the anything. I also watched another bidder (upperhill) do a very similar thing with an XBOX! I have also noticed that when I am bidding, it is very common for a single bidder to come in and take the auction item. This happens way too often, to be random! I have also noticed like above mentioned I often time out, or lock up just as something sells. I have been the second to last bidder on a number of items, as the website seems to lock up and I can’t place a bid, by the time it clears up, the item has ended, and usually someone who placed one or two bids has won!!! As I said, I can’t be sure, but it is looking more and more fishy to me.

Allan August 31, 2009 at 9:19 pm



I TOTALLY SUPPORT PENNYAUCTIONWATCH.COM coz it helps discussions of legitimate sites.

i wish it could be the way it was.



eric from ny September 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm

like what i read now about ipennybid.com, base with my own experience, it all happened to me.. 1. twice happened to me that a bid buddy(atin0707) and (atin0606) bids on an iphone almost the whole day as in from start to $94+ on a penny auction spending + – 2000 bids w/c is more than enough the iphones price 2. most of the time you can watch 2 bid buddies bidding alternately for such a long time and here comes a winner who will get it by just 2 bids as soon as they stop. 3. you will also notice that most of the bid buddies that bids continously for several hours also have other bid at the same time with other items

eric September 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

i experienced with ipennybid last sunday sept 6 that all 6 ending auctions has 1 the same unstopping bidder using a bid buddy. i was able to print screen each one of them for proofs. all the 6 items are on the same time bracket. if you need the jpeg copy just email me

Aris September 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Think that this ipennybid is a scam.. Happend to me twice when I was the last bidder and when I about to win the time just stopped at 1sec, when I refreshed it bidding still going, internet working just fine…Hmmmp.. Ill just go back in jewelry bidding…



everytime the timer reaches zero and i try to bid it will not allow me however other bidders can still keep bidding making it impossible for me to win. when i emailed regarding this complaint it is never anwsered.


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  • raj September 21, 2009, 9:36 am

    I also won a bid today for iphone on ipennybid, it is showing in my won auction but no option to pay have written them back. Don't know how it turns out to be. .

  • amit September 22, 2009, 3:06 am

    its seems fishy… never wins a proper name… always user name is like some text with the numbers.

    normally user do not keep this kind of names when they spend money for it ?

  • AnotherScam September 24, 2009, 3:28 am

    Yea Amit, You are right. I also lost some money. these guyz have ads in Facebook, google ads etc. Someone is becoming a Millionaire. Now they are in UAE as well. Here they will make log of money. Guyz wake, up .. put this money on some charity …

  • Jan September 28, 2009, 2:28 pm

    Doubt it's legit, I sunk $100 in but after watching the auctions, I'm wary about using my bids. Also check out the usernames of the last few closed auctions:

    w1nd1173. drover2000. wahine894. Terrapininal. 5popay5. z000z. Tyhte21. d22blue. Lupin300. celeno81. 5inead. w3db. heavens11. w11.

    Except for 2 which could be legit, the others seem like a bunch of bot generated usernames. Very very suspicious. I'd say stay away, definitely

  • Jason October 22, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Report ipennybid to these authorities!!!!

    http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx http://www.econsumer.gov/english/report/overview…. https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

    We need to do whatever we can to clam these rogues down! (with advertisements all over the place, a lot pf people will be scammed!)

  • Les Knight May 27, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Ziinga is another which requires a scanned photo id along with a scanned image of both the front and back of your credit card and a signed declaration allowing them to obtain funds at any time (no set amount and not stated time) they operate out of Malta with HQ somewhere in the Carabean Islands.


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