“Accepting New Users In Limited Numbers”

Have you tried the new penny auction site One of our forum members has and he’d like to hear from you:

“Hello everyone.

I would like to know if you know anything about this site,
i was trying to sign up on their site and was filling personal information. they asked for my credit card number, and the next thing I know is that they charged my card wihtout even asking my how many bids I wanted to buy…This was not, in the rules or states anywhere in the page that is was gonna happen.

Anyway, now I have a certain amount of bids and so far I have only won 2 bids, one of which it was for more bids =S
I feel like I have lost a lot of money… I´m okey with loosing at bids, I know how it works… pretty well.
I just find kinda suspicious that almost 1 hour ago I won 1 bid and so far I have not received an email from them confirming that I won. I have been basically looking at the screen for 1 hour…. and like 30 mins after I “won” the name of the higher winner changed form my user name to some other username…. =S weirdest thing I´ve ever seen in an auction site.

Anyway…. remember the auction had ended 30 mins before that. i was so mad that I made my wife hang up the phone to tell her what had happened, i showed her the screen with the new username as a winner and that they never put the item on my “won bids” section…. nevertheless, I cliked on the BID button, just for fun, and guess what happened…. Now I´m the higher bidder, again….But so far…. 30 minutes after, still no email confirming.

Does anyone has a clue of what´s going on here? has anyone ever received anything from this site???

Well, I´ll be waiting for some responses to this thread.
Have a good night!” Information:

The homepage of PriceShuffle has images & text indicating that they sell factory overstock auctions & warehouse closeouts. The brand logos of Intel, Canon, Creative, Xbox, and Wii are prominently displayed on top. They guarantee 100% satisfaction.

Who are they?

We’re not too sure. There doesn’t seem to be a  state or business name (other than listed anywhere on the site. They do  list a contact number: 1-888-716-1621

  • Their Twitter profile states that they’re in LA:
  • Name Price Shuffle
  • Location Los Angeles
  • “Bio is the funnest way to shop online! Bid and win items at up 98% discount. Visit our website and start winning TODAY!”

Bids cost anywhere from $25 for a 50 bid pack to $199.75 for a 500 bid pack, bids only last 60 days and appear to not be refundable.

From their Terms & Conditions:

“Once a Bid is placed in an auction, it is deducted from your account and can no longer be refunded. Refunds will not be issued for bids placed in an auction and/or expired bids… . NOTE: BY COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND ENTERING YOUR CREDIT CARD YOU ARE PURCHASING ONE OF OUR NON-REFUNDABLE BID PACKS.” “All bids used are non-refundable and non-transferable.”

Yep, if you enter your credit card information you will be charged. Please remember to research & know what you’re getting into before handing over your credit card on the Internet, especially to an anonymous entity (in my opinion – this is not always a wise decision).

From their FAQ’s: Is This Site Playing Fair?

Their answer: “YES! Unlike many other auction sites, we do not use any automated programs to bid on our auctions. Employees and family members are also not permitted to bid on any of our auctions.”

The Registration Process:


Screenshot for Demonstration Purposes - from

According to this registration page, after you input your credit card info and click continue (you know, in that box below the “WHERE DO WE SEND YOUR WINNING AUCTIONS?” text, you will be charged for a non-refundable bidpack, either 125 bids for $75.75, 300 bids for $149.75 or 500 for $199.75. On the top left hand side, in a drop down, is the bid pack text.

According to the registration page, they will give users a full refund, if users don’t win a single auction with their start-up bids.

Items on their front page include: bid packs, a tooth whitening kit, poster of Lady Gaga, video games, an iPad, and many items under $50 value. It seems like their starting prices aren’t all at 0. Whois:

Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States

Created on: 03-Aug-10
Expires on: 03-Aug-11
Last Updated on: 23-Aug-10

Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration  
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
+1.4806242599      Fax — +1.4806242598

Server Data:

Server Type: nginx/0.8.49 IP Address: Reverse-IP | Ping | DNS Lookup| Traceroute IP Location: – North Carolina – Greensboro – Furniture City Color Response Code: 200 Domain Status: Registered And Active Website

Domain servers in listed order:

Traffic Ranking: “’s three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 342,958. Almost all visitors to it come from the US, where it has attained a traffic rank of 25,508.” Daily pageview (est.) as per 3,207.

Not dissimilar to other penny auction sites, with questioning marketing techniques that have gone before it, Price Shuffle seems to be advertising with a fake news advertorial site,

Though disclaimers state that the site is not affiliated with any newspaper publication, it does seem to have the look & feel of one, especially to those unfamiliar with these advertorials.

Remember, always do your homework before giving out your sensitive banking/credit information over the Internet. If you have problems when shopping online, you can file complaints with the FTC at, as well as the Attorney General of your state.


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4 comments… add one
  • Colleen November 20, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I never heard of penny auctions before two weeks ago when I clicked on what I believed was a newspaper article on the NYTimes website and saw this article on Price Shuffle. It sounded fantastic so I went there. The article said that people who signed up from that article got 150 free bids. I did not read into the contract deeply enough to see that I was also buying 300 bids for $150. Stupid me. After a very short amount of research I found an identical article on another site, but the name of the auction site was different. I don’t know how anyone wins the big items. All items are labeled with very inflated prices. The small items are no bargain after you pay for bids. I called my credit card company, but could not get credit. They had gotten similar calls before. Wrote to NYTimes, which responded with a polite note. I’ve learned a very expensive lesson, which I could have avoided if I had found Penny Auction Watch and followed their suggestions first.

  • Bethany Grieves December 5, 2010, 9:14 am

    got charged 149 dollars when I signed up. I believed the fake news ad online….what evil times we live in.
    I will file a complaint…that was money I did need to lose.
    Darn….my kids christmas money down the drain….well God sees everything…I pray to God he will send this money back to me!

  • Sheldon Bell February 12, 2011, 3:11 pm

    I also got ripped off by priceshuffle. I have complained to my bank, the BBB, the attorney generals office in my state, the FTC, etc. They take your complaints but do nothing about it. These people run a very deceptive website. You think you are registering, but you are actually buying a bid pack for $149.75. They refused to give me a refund, stating they say on their website the bidpacks are non-refundable. They are theives, scammers, rip-off artists.


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