Interview with Bidzville Where Items Have Ended at $0.01, Really!

bidzvilleHave you bid on penny auction site Bidzville.com? Recently bidders have won items for as low as $0.01, 1 bid!

What one PAW member has to say about Bidzville:

“Loving Bidzville so far!

Hi all,
I’d like to give my opinion on Bidzville.com. I’ve had nothing but positive experience with this site. I have won several $10 giftcards, and all have been promptly shipped. The owner is very polite and is quick to respond to emails.

I noticed quite a few comments about increasing the $ amount of the giftcards. I would imagine that will come with time, and with increased site traffic. But in the meantime, five $10 giftcards is the same as one $50 giftcard, right? Why not get in there and get them while they are still going for a few pennies?

Just wanted to give my support to an owner who seems to be running an honest site, and is actually nice to his customers. For what it’s worth…

sandandwater”

Recently ended items on Bidzville, $0.01 for a Samsung laptop & $50 gift cards! Bidzville has recently moved over to just offering gift cards until they can build a larger userbase:

We recently interviewed Al, the founder of Bidzville to find out more about his penny auction site.

Penny Auction Watch: What got you interested in the entertainment shopping  industry?

Al-Bidzville: I was a bidder for several months and won quite a lot of stuff  like cameras, an ipod, a surge protector and even though after counting my bids and realizing that I actually lost money, but I had fun. And that to me was more important than the money lost.

Penny Auction Watch: How long has Bidzville been open?

Al-Bidzville: I opened Oct 4. So that would make me about 2.5 months old (approx)

Penny Auction Watch: What kind of items do you offer/ have lined up?

Al-Bidzville: I started with gift cards because I felt that not only was it an inexpensive way to begin, but gift cards are like money. You can buy what you like with them at the corresponding store. I tried to add some pricier items and was butchered so I am back to gift cards only this time I will let my bidders tell me what to auction. If they go for my one gift card today for $25 then I will put up 2 gift cards for $25 and it will work itself up as fast as the bidders want it to go.

Penny Auction Watch: Do your auctions run on a schedule?

Al-Bidzville: Yes. I did not at first until one of my bidders who lives on the east coast told me that it is to late for him to bid on some of my auctions. So I now try to place my auctions between 5 and 9 PST

Penny Auction Watch: What do bids cost on Bidzville?

Al-Bidzville: $0.80 for a 30 bidpack. 0.70 for all higher denominational bidpacks

Penny Auction Watch: What are your shipping costs? How long does it usually take for users to receive their items?

Al-Bidzville: My shipping costs for Gift Cards are $2.95. For larger items, the shipping cost varies between $2.95 and $9.95. I ship out the next business day after the win. I would hope that items like the gift cards would get to the winner in 3-4 days. That depends on the mail service for any given day.

Penny Auction Watch: What states/countries are you open to?

Al-Bidzville: I’m in the US but seriously thinking of opening to Canada.

Penny Auction Watch: What is your policy for bid refunds?

Al-Bidzville: Refunds are given within 7 days if the merchandise looks like it has not been used.

Penny Auction Watch: Are they win limits, limits /household?

Al-Bidzville: Yes. My win limits are 2/day 5/week and 7/28 days

Penny Auction Watch: Is there a story behind the Bidzville name/theme?

Al-Bidzville: Not any more than I was thinking of a name for my site. I thought of bidtown, bidusa, bidsville (which was taken) so I said what about bidzville.com. That name was owned but for sale and I liked it so
I spent the extra money to get it. I wanted the theme of the site to be red white and blue to show all that it is an American company located in the US.

Penny Auction Watch: Thanks Al! Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Al-Bidzville: Only that I will be glad to fulfill my bidders wishes and move to a more pricey level but at the same time I want to know that there is a market for that.

So although it may confuse some of my bidders, I do a lot of experimenting and will keep doing so until I find the right groove between my bidders and bidzville.com.

I really want to make it. I have the patience, I have the funds and I enjoy it. My wife has become my accountant because I never dreamed of the paperwork involved. I email my bidders constantly and know them better than most PA sites know their bidders I believe and will continue to treat my bidders more like friends than just plain bidders because that is just the way I am. I am a pharmacist and always had a good connection with my customers and still do. I think it spills over to the people who become my bidders.
Thanks Bidzville!

Please feel free to join our penny auction community and share and review your experiences with Bidzville and other penny auction sites!

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10 comments… add one
  • bidbidbid December 20, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I only joined this site last week and bought 100 bids and have won a bid pack and a $10. Walmart card. I had emailed Al as I am in Canada and I must say he bent over backwards to accommodate me. His customer service is awesome and he is honest and fair. Those two things alone should make his site successful as their are so many dishonest ones out there.
    Al I am a customer for life now. Thank you.
    bidbidbid

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  • bana December 20, 2010, 1:53 pm

    The honer for the websit is very honest persont and he try his best to follow what his member want and very quick to respond, I am a new member in bidzville but the ampration I took it from the site that its exellant site really.
    I wish if in future they add video game and console qnd more other stuff.

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  • bana December 20, 2010, 4:07 pm

    I just need to add one more thing that I asked Al to add paypal and really he quick respond to my requst and add it in his site in few days after I submit my requst . So thanks to him

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  • WildAvalon December 20, 2010, 5:31 pm

    This is a great PA site. I HIGHLY recommend it. Very easy to win and I can’t imagine why more people aren’t bidding there. The shipping is fast and the customer service is fabulous too. Al responds VERY quickly to any email or enquiry.

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    • Amanda December 20, 2010, 7:15 pm

      Glad to hear all the positive reviews, thanks!

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  • Kat December 20, 2010, 7:15 pm

    I have won several items on the site and delivery is always super fast. Al has been courteous and prompt in answering my emails. I actually like the $10.00 gift cards. I am a conservative gambler and with a $10.00 gift card I know I won’t have to use 100’s of bids each auction like I would on other sites in order to have a chance at winning.

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  • Vic December 20, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Al is fast executer and communicator. I recently won the digital camera and for a steal, and Al was gracious to ship out same week for Xmas.
    Hoping for more PAW members to participate and keep the PB’s away.
    Trust there will be a next level from cards to come.

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  • rusl December 20, 2010, 10:51 pm

    I was checking out the site based on this article and I’m not sure about certain aspects of it yet. The rules state “YOU CAN WIN 2 AUCTIONS PER DAY, 5 AUCTIONS PER WEEK AND 7 AUCTONS [sic] IN 28 DAYS.”
    Yet, I just looked at the “Ended Auctions” section and I see that user “bidbidbid” won 11 auctions in just 2 days on December 17 and 18. There are several other users who are also exceeding the supposed win limits including: redherring, BaldHeadedBidder, and Cherrypop.
    I emailed the site asking for an explanation.
    Being able to exceed win limits is a benefit for the auction winner, but could be a setback for new users or considered “unfair” considering the basis that these rules are often founded on. Thoughts?

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    • Alfred Marton December 21, 2010, 10:06 pm

      Hi,
      I actually get this question often enough that I copied and pasted my answer to word so here it is:
      ==============================================
      No matter what you see, no matter how many bids a person puts on a sundry of sites, he or she only wins the fist 2 and the rest are all a waste of his or her bids. I cannot stop people from bidding everywhere because some people just do not read the rules.
      But believe me, If I did not stick to that rule, which is stated in our terms and faq’s, I would have long gone out of business.
      Rest assured that no matter what you see, only the first 2 wins count,
      Thank you for asking,
      Sincerely,
      Al Marton
      Bidzville.com
      owner

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  • Alfred Marton December 21, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Hi,
    In no way did I mean to belittle anyone in my first note. That’s really not my style.
    I love the interaction with people and that is why I have been able to answer every support question or just chat with most everyone who has joined our site. It stems from my chatting with people all my working life as a pharmacist.
    We are growing and I do get a little frustrated every once in a while but that just proves I am human like anyone else. I am now stalking programmers that will put in warnings so that bidders will not have to lose any bids but finding a good one that is also reasonable is a difficult task.I will keep trying until I find one and hopefully that will mitigate this problem.
    Finally I am most greatfull for PAW for allowing me to have my day.
    I have at least 15 new bidders from just one day which puts us at the 250 mark. I think we are on our way and with the kind of people that said all those wonderful things about my site and myself are the very hope of my site and I cannot help but call each one of them my friend.
    Al Marton
    Bidzville.com

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