We were looking for an opportunity that was fast paced, a bit different, and we could see ourselves being able to push the boat out with customer service and stand out from the crowd. Penny auctions interest us because it is quite a crowded market and quite a few of the competitors aren’t being entirely honest.
The website has existed for just over a year and has been trading for most of that time. We took ownership towards the end of December.
At the moment our auctions run from 6pm-9pm GMT, we are hoping to extend the weekend hours into the day soon. We started out concentrating mainly on the gaming and console market with a scattering of electrical items such at TV’s mobile phones and laptops. It would be nice if customers could suggest what they would like to see on the site in the future, since they are the ones doing the buying it makes sense they should have some say in which direction we take the site.
The timers reset to 30 seconds when bids are placed in the closing moments of the auction. One of the things we are looking at for the near future is moving to a faster, more reliable server and we may possibly choose to update the software as well so this may change.
We charge a flat rate of 40p per bid and give 50% free on the first purchase. We feel this makes Winno one of the cheapest websites of it’s kind.
Shipping costs are worked out at cost for each item, we like to keep the costs as low as we can but always send the items recorded delivery so that we can guarantee they have reached the customer.
All countries are welcome to participate, we do our best to source goods from within the country of the winning bidder.
Bids will be refunded in the event of technical issue with the service.
Eight items can be won per week, the win count is reset every Monday.
Because we have been passed the torch rather than designing the site ourselves we don’t have a story about the origins of the name,