When you first found penny auctions what was going on in your head? Obviously you were curious, maybe that ad you found for a hot gadget for pennies was what reeled you in, or maybe it was an advertorial in the form of a “consumer tips website,” (questionable form of marketing, in our opinion), maybe a friend or relative was bragging about their cheap items, but what were your initial thoughts?
Did you think for sure these penny auctions would save you money and let you obtain those sought after electronics & designer handbags, or did you think they were a scam? Penny auctions have even taken the fashion world by storm, now fashion bloggers are talking about them and compiling directories.
Needless to say, our first impression of penny auctions wasn’t a very good one.
We found our first penny auction site back in March of 2009, from a local newspaper ad, we thought it had to be a scam. But like you our curiosity was piqued and this didn’t stop us from trying it out. We spent many hours bidding late into the night on our first penny auction, it was for a Nintendo Wii. Winning items on those free promotional bids, they were given out to everyone daily just for signing in was what helped hook us.
Maybe it’s the thrill of the chase, the thought that we could win anything for little to nothing, was what kept us going [and still does]. Sometimes this thought is assured, but not always.
Later on, many months after the site had closed, we found out that they had been manually shill bidding against us a number of times. Is there any legal recourse? We’d, as well as many of our readers would like to think so, it just doesn’t seem like there is anything that can be done to stop this and it is hard to detect. The people behind a penny auction site could be as professional and courteous as possible and still be bidding against us and it’s frustrating.
First impressions are important, but sometimes we start out with a few prejudices or expectations and then later we find that we were wrong to make a judgment call about someone or something based on a first impression. Other times first impressions are unchangeable and will cause someone to believe and form conclusions around something even if it’s untrue.
“Must be a scam,” or “cool – sign me up!”?
Image credits: WOW!, I Won! & Thinking: Some rights reserved by Search Engine People Blog; Our favorite “Scam truck” photo, Some rights reserved by jepoirrier
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