BozBids.com: Mandatory Arbitration Cyprus, Police Auctions and 121,289 Ended Items

Have you bid on BozBids.com?

BozBids.com displays 8,086 pages of ended auctions, 121,289 results. The first ended auction was on November 7th, 2010 a $50 CVS gift card ended at $5.72.

They only have 22 friends on FaceBook and 5 followers on Twitter.

Bids on BozBids, according to the FAQs, “Bid prices are as low as $0.57. Bids can be bought in packs of 120,250 and 400.”

On BozBids’ registration page a video for police auction site PropertyRoom.com plays, we asked BozBids’ outsourced support via chat if they had police auctions and they said, “All BozBids stuff is warehoused, but not police related. The video is part of the design we do not offer that option.”

Reminds me of this video:

When asking BozBids’ outsourced chat support what their business name was and where they were located they stated they don’t provide that information for “security purposes.” They did say that they’re located in Florida.

See the full chat with BozBids’ outsourced customer support:

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When asking if there were fees to register, support told me “no sir, but at the moment that the site ask you for the card information is for the purchase of the bids.” So once you input your credit card information into this site you’re consenting to buying a bid pack (in the past, on other penny auction sites consumers did not realize this).

BozBids.com appeared to have been paying affiliates $70/conversion.

BozBids.com Alexa Ranking:

“Bozbids.com has a three-month global Alexa traffic rank of 388,834. While we estimate that 77% of visitors to the site come from the US, where it is ranked #113,600, it is also popular in the Czech Republic, where it is ranked #25,850.”

If you’re planning on using BozBids.com, note the terms & conditions.

The terms of use were executed in Alberta, Canada.

However, why if they are located in Florida are the terms governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Alberta, Canada?

Also, if you happen to have a dispute with BozBids take note that you are agreeing to resolve any arbitral claim by binding arbitration by “Cyprus National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) IN NICOSAI, CYPRUS”. Any action will be in the courts located in Nicosai, Cyprus.

Flights to Cyprus from LAX for i.e. to LAC, Larnaca (50km from Nicosia), are $1039, $1020 from Chicago, both on Continental, the cheapest price for mid February found with Kayak.com.

“1 Auction Won= 1 Vaccine”

We e-mailed BozBids last week to get more information on their vaccine donation program with UNICEF, “1 Auction Won = 1 Vaccine” but have yet to receive a response. It looks like they will be funding 121289 vaccines to date if this philanthropic program began on November 7th, 2010.

BozBids.com is open to bidders in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Have you bid on BozBids.com?

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34 comments… add one

  • Rich January 11, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I totally believe the comment about fake bidders. I was the low bidder on bozbids.com on four different bid auctions only to loose the item to someone who had not even bid on the item but the one time it closed. I lost all four bids this way. Bozbids is bogus! You were warned!

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    • Ryan January 24, 2011, 2:56 pm

      It’s a scam and I’ve confirmed the same email from other sites. If they were legit they would at least sell intro bids in small quantities for users to first see the actual listings and to see how it worked – and then decide if they liked it and wanted to buy more. Hell – they could even mark up the first bid to $5 rather than buying bulk. But no, they try to get you for a large amount because they know they’re not going to get your money again. The person who doesnt realize this and thinks it normal to just buy 100 bids without seeing what you’re actually getting is a fool (sorry!).

      Reply
  • Christie January 16, 2011, 7:16 am

    While this article points out some definite inconsistencies, I can say that I did actually win and receive a Touch just over a week ago. It took 15 days to arrive, but it arrived. I’m not sure what else to say but good lookin’ out.

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  • Sam January 16, 2011, 10:13 am

    BozBids is completely bogus. They advertise by listing items on Craigslist but when you inquire about the item the “seller” says it has been sold. The Seller says they won the item on BozBids for pennies on the dollar and includes a link to the auction site.

    The site says it’s free to join. But, as soon as you create a username and password you’re taken to a page that asks for mailing address and credit/debit card number. There is no way to click out of this page unless and until you enter the requested info.

    The so-called “support” group, which can be reached by online chat or toll free number, is an off-shore office (probably run out of a house) with four or five individuals who do not work for BozBids but are just shills for the scam site.

    A WhoIs search reveals that BozBids hides behind WhoisGuard, which conceals the identity of the BozBids (and BozBidz) site owner[s].

    Total SCAM!

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  • Agreeing with Sam January 17, 2011, 9:18 am

    The same thing happened to me to on craigslist. Be wary of this site.

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    • John T January 27, 2011, 10:07 am

      Agree with the two previous posts re: Craigslist. I fell for the same scam about how they already sold their item but linked my to Bozbids where I got stuck for 159.00. Upon trying to recoup my “free registration” money, I have gottem nothing but runaroundsd and refusals. I will be calling the better business bureau and my credit card company. The crazy part is the How It Works tab specifically says that Registration is Free. However you cant register without buying bids.. a decieving process all together… therefore making registration NOT free. How do they even get a way with it?

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  • M January 17, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Agreeing With Sam #2.

    I had the same thing happen to me on craigslist. I asked about an iPod Touch they are listed and got this response:

    Hey,
    Sorry it took me a few days to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.

    Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it’s like xmas all over again.
    The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.

    If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee

    Good luck
    Janet

    Sounded a little bogus…and sure enough it would appear to be so.

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    • Bill February 16, 2011, 12:37 pm

      LOL… Janet sure is busy. I just got the exact same response from her about an iMac I inquired about on Craigslist.

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  • Paziljan January 18, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Guy, i don’t want to be a buzz kill. But BozBids is a total scam. never try. All the guys are picking up unbelievable free and cheap stuff are all scams.

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  • Vincent January 19, 2011, 2:24 pm

    M, I got the exact same reply in the mail:

    Hey,
    Sorry it took me a few days to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.

    Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it’s like xmas all over again.
    The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.

    If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee

    Good luck
    Janet

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  • Josh January 20, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Add another shrimp to the barbie. I got the same email word for word as the folks above.

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  • bruce January 22, 2011, 4:28 am

    Craigslist sent me same ….asked about xbox 360 received reply about link and told they bought 2 xbox 360 new for under 75.00. searched web and found numerous threads like this!

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  • bruce January 22, 2011, 4:31 am

    Hey,
    Sorry it took me a few days to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.

    Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it’s like xmas all over again.
    The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.

    If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee

    Good luck
    Janet

    ….sent from ……ewingguys@gmail.com….in portland oregon Craigslist

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    • j February 14, 2011, 10:45 am

      I got the same reply from the same email address, I was looking for a Xbox on craigslist in greensboro nc.

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  • Ryan January 23, 2011, 1:52 pm

    HaHa..
    In the past 3 weeks here are my stats:
    Won items on BB – Ipad 16gb, Apple TV, Nintendo Wii – Total ~$2500
    Total spent on BB – $248

    Net Profit – approx $2250

    There’s a secret to this site..get the timing right and it’s a goldmine…that’s about all i’ll say.

    Quit whining and figure it out.

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    • sam January 24, 2011, 7:38 am

      There are LOTS of secrets to Bozbids. Such as who owns it; where it’s located; what relationship the “support” group has with the company; and…. how to get your money back when you get ripped off.

      When these questions are answered, there won’t be quite as many secrets.

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    • Colecago February 22, 2011, 8:15 pm

      How did you sell all those items for above retail value?

      Reply
  • sam January 24, 2011, 8:03 am

    Using the “winnings” above, assuming items start at one cent and increase one cent per bid, means there were roughly 24,800 bids (248 x 100), times .60¢ (the cost per bid) and Bozbids raked in $14,880 – $2,500 = $12,380 profit on three transactions. Even if this were all true, it’s basically on-line gambling.

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  • Pete January 24, 2011, 11:40 am

    Bozbids

    In my opinion Bozbids is a scam. Here is my experience. I sent an email to a person on craigslist asking about an item they had for sale. The person responded that the item was sold but they purchased it on BozBids for a great price. I went to the Bozbids web page and read everything.

    On the main web page I was amazed at how few bids were placed for supposedly closed auctions. An I-Pad closed for under $40.00 worth of bids. The way the auction is set up a person signs up, buys bids, each penny bid you buy costs around sixty cents. So the above I-Pad would have raised for Bozbids $40.00 or 4000 pennies multiplied by sixty cents per bid equaling $2,400.00

    On the main page BozBids provides information about “BidButler Autobidding”. BidButler is great; a person can set a price range and the auto bids would be placed for you.
    To me it made sense that I could watch the price of closed items then set up BidButler for that price range.

    I thought I would give it a try and bought some bids.

    As soon as I signed up I had access to the “real” live auctions. I was shocked at how much higher the bids for items are on the live screen verses the main web site. On the live auction screen an I-Pad had more than triple the amount of bids.

    OK I could work with that, I would set up the BidButler around what price I thought an item would close for.
    Here is the scam part, my opinion, I found out by Chatting live with BozBids that BidButler is only for some items. I browsed through many categories of item up for auction, and noticed that all the desired items did not offer BidButler.
    I asked the BozBids chat person to show me where this important information was disclosed? The answer back was, it is not disclosed. I would have not signed up if this important information was disclosed.

    I did not use my bids. I realized I was scammed after requesting a refund. Both the live chat person and the person on the 1-888-468-3719 number told me no refunds.

    I called my credit card company canceled that card and filed a charge dispute. Citi Bank has already removed the charge and will work with Bozbids.

    I feel foolish and should have done more research before buying bids.

    Now that I search the web I find many people with similar bad experiences.

    I hope this helps keep others from making the same mistake.

    Pete

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  • Ryan January 24, 2011, 2:55 pm

    It’s a scam. Here’s the email I got from Craigs list (below), and I’ve confirmed the same email from other sites. If they were legit they would at least sell intro bids in small quantities for users to first see the actual listings and to see how it worked – and then decide if they liked it and wanted to buy more. Hell – they could even mark up the first bid to $5 rather than buying bulk. But no, they try to get you for a large amount because they know they’re not going to get your money again. The person who doesnt realize this and thinks it normal to just buy 100 bids without seeing what you’re actually getting is a fool (sorry!).

    “Hey,
    Sorry it took me a few days to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.

    Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it’s like xmas all over again.
    The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.

    If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee

    Good luck
    Janet”

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  • John January 24, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I stupidly bought bids and go screwed. nothing was as it seemed on the initial pages, no good items and higher prices. No auto bidding on most items, only certain ones allowed!

    I truley beleive and positive reviews are coming from affiliates of Bozbids too, as I’m seeing consistancies on different review sites… similar to the similar crap they send everyone on craigslist.

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  • PSK January 30, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Beware. It really is a scam! Certain “unknown” bidders come in at a certain point determined by price and won’t let you win even if you bid repeatedly with no other real bidders in on the action. Here’s a copy of one auction (note the timing) I supposedly lost:

    TIME BIDDER TYPE
    Today, 17:01:07 weenieslinger Single Bid
    Today, 17:00:50 milo Single Bid
    Today, 17:00:37 robertppbrown Single Bid
    Today, 17:00:20 milo Single Bid
    Today, 17:00:06 aboveaverage Single Bid
    Today, 16:59:50 milo Single Bid
    Today, 16:59:36 clintdeardorff Single Bid
    Today, 16:59:20 milo Single Bid
    Today, 16:59:06 gabrielreynoso Single Bid
    Today, 16:58:50 milo Single Bid

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    • Logan January 31, 2011, 12:55 am

      I had the same story as PSK just now. It was a starbucks gift card and these random folks came out of nowhere at the end and kept submitted bids just as the clock ran out. I decided to lay back on one bid and the auction ended. Looks fishy

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  • PSK January 30, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Now that I’ve read other comments, I see that I also fell for the use of craigslist to further their criminality. After offering to purchase an iPod nano that was listed in my region, I received the same reply:

    On Jan 28, 2011, at 10:33 AM, Liz wrote:
    Hey,
    Sorry it took me a few days to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.
    Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it’s like xmas all over again.
    The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.
    If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee
    Good luck
    Janet

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  • Amanda February 4, 2011, 7:27 pm

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  • andy February 15, 2011, 4:18 am

    Same email recieved.
    Here’s my transcript of chat, no I didn’t get the bidding process, that is confusing that I now think I almost understand, they couldn’t communicate it and refuse to give out company info.
    Please wait for a site operator to respond.

    You are now chatting with ‘support5′

    support5: Hello! Thank you for contacting Customer Support! How can I help you??

    andy: hi i was wondering how this works exactly, I’m seeing ps3s go for about $10.00, but you have to buy “bidding packs” which are not actual dollars, how many bidding packs = $10.00?

    support5: Bid prices are as low as $0.60. Bids can be bought in packs of 120 and 250. Price per bid depends on the pack bought

    andy: Hold on, it says current price (example $10.00, so how much would that actually cost for me to buy?

    support5: first at all you need to get a package of bids, after that participate and win the product

    andy: So it is $.60 for 250

    support5: when you won the item you receive a confirmation email that says the proce

    support5: price

    support5: of the product

    andy: Which costs $150 of your real money, for 0.60cents of product

    andy: I’m looking at an iphone 4 now

    andy: which means I would be paying not $8.63 as it says….

    andy: but…..

    andy: give me a second.

    support5: we have 3 packages 120 Bids – $89.00

    support5: 250 Bids – $159.00

    support5: 400 Bids – $229.95

    support5: sir that is just the initial price

    andy: SO that Iphone would cost 2,162$?

    support5: you have to win the auction to get the product

    andy: Why isn’t this pricing structure explained clearly, and why isn’t it simply done in actual dollars, instead you are clearly trying to decieve people into thinking it’s less, then charging exorbant fees.

    support5: we are an auction company we are not sellers

    support5: you need bids to participate in the auctions and after won the auction get a very good price for the product

    andy: So why doesn’t the “current price” of $8.91 in american $8.91 in actuality?

    support5: and as I also told you that is an initial price

    andy: It is a misrepresentation of using the dollar sign.

    andy: Because that is not what it means.

    andy: Something for $8.97 is not 8 dollars and 97 cents

    andy: do you see why this is wrong?

    support5: is not wrong

    support5: is different the price from the bids

    andy: It is wrong.

    support5: those are completely different prices

    andy: because it stattes

    andy: Save over $690.94 from the retail price!

    andy: that is assuming these are actual dollars

    support5: sir, if you like you can send send your complain at support@bozbids.com

    andy: but the price winds up being the same or more than retail when you factor in the conversion.

    andy: What is the address and contact information of the company?

    support5: you can find all the information in the same site you found this chat window

    support5: we are a third part company, we do the customer support of the site.

    andy: where?

    andy: The address is not listed under contact us or the terms and conditions

    support5: thats because we have several offices around the US and the world

    andy: As a matter of fact, ever the domain information is whois protected. WhoisGuard WhoisGuard Protected () Fax: 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 – 732 Westchester, CA 90045 US in order to prevent contact information from being shown apparantely.

    support5: But you can contact the company with the phone numbers or sending an email

    andy: So please, the adddress information.

    andy: I’m talking about address and contact person.

    andy: Not phone or email.

    andy: My attorney general will want this companies physical address.

    support5: Sir I am not authorize to provide that information

    support5: security policies

    support5: If you prefer you can call in office hours and ask for the supervisor on shift

    andy: So for security policies you will not give out the address for the company, yet you want me to give you my credit card number and address?

    support5: we are located in Orlando, we can not provide specific information.

    support5: but as I told you you can call in office hours and get the information you need

    support5: or also you can send an email

    andy: What is the address of the corporate office. That is all I need. And you are required by law to provide it.

    andy: Provided you are located in Orlando you are governed by U.S. law which means you have to disclose to consumers the physical address of the company.

    andy: Do you not understand?

    support5: yes sir I understand perfectly but I am not authoriza to provide that information

    andy: You are required by law to provide it. Are you going on record as refusing to provide contact information?

    andy: Because the government loves to fine for that.

    support5: yes sir I understand perfectly but I am not authoriza to provide that information

    support5: you can call and ask for that information because right now I can not provide that information

    andy: Why not when you can over the phone?

    support5: because we are not authorize

    support5: or you can send the email and request that information

    support5: we will assist you with all the information you need, but please send the request

    support5: because I am not provide you with that information

    andy: I have you on record as denying corporate information to a consumer.

    andy: You will be hearing from my attorney general.

    support5: we are not denying information

    andy: Then provide it.

    andy: This is the last time I will request it.

    support5: I am just asking to send the email with that request, because I can not provide it

    andy: After this I will save this transcript and it will be enclosed in my attachment to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

    andy: Very well, you have denied my request.

    support5: please send the request by email

    support5: Thank you for contacting us! It was my pleasure to assist you, have a good one!

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  • DTB February 17, 2011, 9:25 am

    After inquiring about a computer for sale on Craigslist.com, I received a chain letter from “Janet” encouraging me to use Bozbids.com. She said she had gotten two computers from the site for $70, and that I should check it out.
    I went to the site, and decided to register for it to see what sorts of deals they had. During the registration process, they asked for my debit card info. I provided it, assuming they wanted it on file in case I wanted to bid on something. When I clicked the “register” button, I quickly realized that I had been charged $159 without intending to purchase anything. I’m an experienced online shopper, and have never accidentally spent $159. They purposefully do not make it clear that the customer is PAYING for something, rather than merely registering for something. I was charged the $159 fee for a package of bids without any sort of confirmation that I was about ot pay for something.

    I was horrified to be taken to a page telling me I had been charged $159, without clicking on anything that said “Purchase” or “Pay” or “Buy” — only “Register”. I thought, “Well, if they have the deals they’re claiming they do, maybe it’s worth a shot”. I only had to click on a few bids to realize the whole thing is a setup for the user to be milked out of hundreds of dollars, just waiting on that miracle deal that may or may not come. It’s basically a lottery/raffle where certain users are given prizes at random, but I do not believe items are actually being bid on.
    I contacted a live chat rep, and of course, they referred me to an email (support@bozbids.com) to request a refund. I wrote them a detailed letter explaining what happened on 2/16/11, and of course, I received a badly-worded form letter telling me they had no intention of refunding me my money.
    Their business practices are unscrupulous at best, and ponzi-like at worst. I’ve been to several message boards, and after weeding through the obviously planted mesages by their company, I ran across several users who had had similar experiences to mine. They had received the same chain letter from Liz/Janet, and had been milked out of significant sums of money.
    I let them know I would be filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Center, and filing a fraud charge with my bank.

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    • Matt February 23, 2011, 12:00 am

      Did the bank cancel the transaction because I am thinking of contacting my bank but am unsure if I should? And also if you dont mind what bank do u have? I have chase thats why I am asking

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  • mike February 20, 2011, 9:26 pm

    It looks like they updated the Craigslist response as seen below, also note the slight spelling change in the website. I didn’t even try it as it sounded too much like a scam.
    ——————–

    Hey, sorry for the delayed response, but someone already bought the iPad and picked it up. You might want to try and buy one where I bought mine at. It’s an auction site kind of like ebay that has quite a few iPads.
    I am usually able to pick them up there between $130 and $160, I think it’s so cheap because the site is newer and there aren’t many bidders yet. Anyways, I’d recommend you shop there if your still in need of an iPad. The site is called Bozzbid.com. I just checked and it looks like they have one ending soon and the bid is at $53 so far.

    When I signed up they gave me this coupon to give to friends, but I haven’t used it yet. Your more than welcome to use it, but I think it expires tomorrow. It’s good for placing some free bids on any auction. The coupon is: free3042
    Hope this helps you!
    -Chad

    P.S. Here is a little secret I’ll pass on to you. Right now there is a glitch/hack on the site that will allow you to block other people from bidding on the item. When you place a bid, hold down the enter key until the auction counts down to 0. This should allow you to win any auction instantly. But I’m not sure how long it last, I’m sure the site is working on fixing the glitch/hack.

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    • Connie February 28, 2011, 2:24 am

      I got one from Chad too. Sounds too fishy and I’m glad I did google search and found this site. Thanks for the warnings.

      From: Chad [mailto:grumpyrat42@gmail.com]
      Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 7:11 PM
      To: Connie
      Subject: Re: iPad – 32GB – have to sell – $415 (cupertino)

      Hey, sorry for the delayed response, but someone already bought the iPad and
      picked it up. You might want to try and buy one where I bought mine at. It’s
      an auction site kind of like ebay that has quite a few iPads.

      I am usually able to pick them up there between $130 and $160, I think it’s so
      cheap because the site is newer and there aren’t many bidders yet. Anyways,
      I’d recommend you shop there if your still in need of an iPad. The site is
      called Bozzbid.com. I just checked and it looks like they have one
      ending soon and the bid is at $53 so far.

      When I signed up they gave me this coupon to give to friends, but I haven’t used
      it yet. Your more than welcome to use it, but I think it expires tomorrow. It’s
      good for placing some free bids on any auction. The coupon is: free3042

      Hope this helps you!

      -Chad

      P.S. Here is a little secret I’ll pass on to you. Right now there is a glitch/hack
      on the site that will allow you to block other people from bidding on the item.
      When you place a bid, hold down the enter key until the auction counts down to 0.
      This should allow you to win any auction instantly. But I’m not sure how long it
      last, I’m sure the site is working on fixing the glitch/hack.

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  • Steven February 25, 2011, 10:01 am

    I actually won an Ipad on bozbids.com but never received it. I kept calling customer service, and emailing them at their support email address. They kept giving me the run around. Never offered me a tracking number. After a month, they said the package was signed by a F Rontdoor, which is front door. Who leaves a package at the front door? After many complaints, they refunded the $18.01 that I won the Ipad for, and gave me 350 new bids. I asked them why would I want more bids? If I win, you will never send me the item anyway!!! I am about to call my credit card company to get my initial $89.00 back.
    Please don’t use Bozbids. Huge scam!!!

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  • John February 26, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Yeah, Janet from Craigslist replied to me about an ipod touch too. Yes, she is one BUSY WOMAN. I’m glad I found this site first. Always pays to do your research!

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  • Dave June 4, 2012, 12:09 pm

    This site is 100% scam operated by Jason Forrest. Everything you need to know can be found here: http://jason-forrest.com/

    This guy is a criminal wanted by many.

    There is NEVER a single winning auction on this site. Just google his name or look at that site. You will find everything you need to know.

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    • Amanda Lee June 7, 2012, 10:39 am

      What site?

      Reply

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