Penny Auction Scripts for Sale with Shill Bots

There are currently two penny auction sites for sale on the website marketplace Flippa.com that have autobidding shill bidders, the first is blatantly promoting the use of autobidding bots as a surefire way to make an easy profit.

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    1. BidStation.net

The seller of BidStation.net seems to be quite proud of the fact that the site he is selling comes with shill autobidders, he is telling potential buyers that a penny auction site with bots is a win-win situation, this is deplorable! This seller has recently sold the site easybids.net which has the same description.

According to the screenshots it looks like this is the net4bids/Feisty Script (note the brown backend).

From the Description:

NEW: I have 6 available themes (designs) – you’ll get all 6!

It’s very easy to maintain site like that because of a powerful script behind it.
The auto bidding system is already in the script. You can control auto bidders from Admin panel of the site. Just click and click, no line editing or anything.

You can for example put that there are 7 auto bidders and that they bid last 20 seconds just like the real bidders. Then you have an option that last (let’s say) 4 bids must be from your auto bidders. If that is true, the 5th bid will come from your auto bidder too and it will always be the winning bid. In other words, you can’t lose any auction. And you can close and open new auto bidders any time you want and change their names. It’s a win – win situation!

OVERVIEW:

This site is based on a a powerful, scalable & fully-featured bidding script that lets you create the profitable online penny auction website, just like swoopo.com or madbid.com. Manage your entire online auction operation without HTML knowledge: create new auctions within seconds, set up an auto bidder so your products sell for the price you want, add new pages using the built-in CMS (”Content Management System”), and much more!

FEATURES:

1. A completely automated system that was built with usability in mind. Features include the ability to duplicate multiple auctions, block bidders, peak-only bidding, engine to award free bids, and much more.
2. You decide when your auctions finish. Price too low? Use the auto-extend feature. Not enough bidders? Use the auto-bidding feature. Making a profit has never been so easy.

2. Bids4Penny.com

And then there’s Bids4Penny.com, the active penny auction site that has generated an income of $1,556 in one month:

Surely they lost money on the Ford KA…? That is if it really existed, we don’t believe that Bids4Penny.com really sold a brand new car to anyone:

Wait -Bids4Penny sold not one, but two Ford KA’s? Plus if you take a look at bids4penny.co.uk it looks like they’ve copied eBay’s trade dress :-|.


It is in our opinion,  that Bids4Penny.com has gained their revenue thus far by use of hidden reserve bots that bid against real individuals who purchased bid packs.

If they did we are asking that they refund all of the money that bidder’s gave them to bid against their shill bidders.

Bids4Penny.com is using the PhpPennyAuction.com script, which we already know has the bot capability in the backend:

Auto bidders are bot/shill bidders, PHPPennyAuction.com script demo

PHPPennyAuction.com promotes the use of bot bidders:
” ** The ‘minimum price’ allows you to guarantee that the auction will not close before the minimum price is set.By allowing autobidders to bid on the auction, autobidders will automatically bid on the auction. Use the ‘Autobid Limit’ to set the maximum number of autobids which will be placed simulaniously before the auction closes. If the limit is met, an autobidder will win the auction. Set this to 0 to not use this feature. Please note, every time an auto bid is placed, the minimum price will extend by the bid increase amount to ensure that you no not undersell the product.”-PHPPennyAuction.com Admin Console

It’s also important to note that there have been 4,417 ended auctions, if Bids4Penny.com really sold this many auctions, or even 1/4th of this, with all real bidders bidding they would have made much more money than what they say they did.

The use of bot auto bidders to shill bid is wrong and script developers, as well as sites that are promoting this behavior should stop. We hope that the new site owners of both of these penny auction sites realize this.

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13 comments… add one
  • Pam May 27, 2010, 7:38 am

    Hello,

    I recently won an auction at bid4penny and they are making every excuse in the book that there was faults with the auction. I don't believe that they have the Laptop that I won and this is why they are creating all these problems. There is new names showing up like crazy and I believe that they are all fake bidders ~ it is always one of these people that win.

    They don't know what to do now that a real person has won the auction. Where is the best place to go to report what has happened. Any help you could give me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks

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  • Andre July 5, 2010, 10:31 am

    Hi Pam,

    Would you mind sharing how you managed to win that particular auction.

    I'm just asking because it seems I have just been caught in a scam site using the same script and if nothing else, would like to make them pay someow and winning an actual auction seems like a good starting position with the negotiations.

    Regards

    Andre Roux

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  • Cyril B. July 7, 2010, 11:03 am

    I won a Sony TV Player

    Cyril B.

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  • samuel cannon October 10, 2010, 2:34 pm

    do you have my E-mail

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  • Randy January 19, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Most auctions guys don’t carry the merchandise they auction off. They order it as they go. I’m working on opening up a site soon that will only auction product that is in stock and available for ship 24-48hrs depending on the holiday. I hate having to wait weeks for an auction I won. I will not tolerate any excuses in that. Plus gift card auctions will be immediately done within 24hrs. I will also do a win limit to stop people from hogging all the auctions. That is another thing that ticks me off. I am hoping to be up and running end of February. Keep your eyes open because I’m going to sink all other penny sites. Customers do come first in this line of business. And I actually speak English. lol

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    • Amanda January 19, 2011, 3:41 pm

      Good to hear it, feel free to let us know when it opens

      Reply
  • Tanner Scadden January 20, 2011, 1:18 am

    I am looking to purchase an established auction site, or just an auction site that just hasn’t had the right marketing. If you are interested in selling your site please contact me via email at tannerscadden@gmail.com with your purposal.

    If you are a designer and would like to design one from scratch and would like to send me a purposal please do so via email at tannerscadden@gmail.com.

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  • Jimmy K. May 14, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I read that the UK is going to set all penny auction sites on notice…They tend to use the auto-extend feature to get the price up.

    Consumer un-fair practices!!!!

    They will be sued and shut down!

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  • Dmo May 3, 2012, 7:01 pm

    I was thinking about going with PHPPennyAuction. Just because they allow shill bidding doesn’t mean the administrator has to set it right? I think that its targeting other countries that allows that sort of thing but is illegal in the U.S or should be.

    What would be a good company to go with for a penny auction site? I like the Quibids style and layout as well as Zbiddy. Does anyone know who made their script? I heard it was a small 2 man Israeli company with mixed reviews and would like some sort of confirmation.

    Also who would you recommend for doing a third party audit for my site?

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