10 Effective Ways to Lose Less and Win More Penny Auctions Now

“Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.”-Erwin Rommel 

The question that many new penny auction bidders seem to ask over and over is…

How do you win more items and lose less money? 

There really isn’t just one simple answer, but here are 10 tips that will help you spend less money while winning more penny auctions.

1. Bid on penny auction items that you really need – Even better, bid on buy-it-now items

Bid on items if you really need them or plan to purchase them outright at retail.

Many penny auctions provide “buy it now,” fewer offer a 100% buy it now. Make sure you know the difference before you bid or that item could cost you more than you thought it would.

There really are a few things that you know you need to buy – other things, not so much. Once you realize this you won’t bid blindly.

Becoming conscious of what you need makes spending money on penny auction bids a whole lot easier. By bidding until you buy it now you won’t step away from the computer empty handed.

When you just bid on things you need you’re less likely to have piles of boxes in your livingroom and overdue bills.

2. Keep track of your bid pack purchases – all of them

Yes, when you click send on PayPal or enter those digits from the shiny plastic card in your wallet again and again until you win, money really is coming out of your bank account. Or even worse, increasing the digits on your credit card bills. Hopefully you’re not spending more than you have. Keep track of your expenses. Purchase Quicken or try Mint.com.

3. Pay attention

Really pay attention. I’ve lost a good number of penny auctions because I got bored and distracted myself. I’ve answered e-mails. Checked out what was going on in the forum. Even just turned my head for a few seconds. Don’t take your eyes off of the auction if you’ve already invested money in it. Even if you’ve set a bid buddy/autobidder, watch the auction.

4. Make time

Don’t bid when you know you have a meeting to go to, class to attend, or a hot date. Even if you think it will only take a few minutes to win it. It won’t. Depending on what you’re bidding on you may need more than 8 hours. Trust me, I’ve been there. Done that. It’s not fun. Penny auctions may be fun, but losing you job, failing class and disappointing loved ones is not.

5. Check out multiple penny auction sites

Though many close on an almost daily basis, there are many new penny auction sites opening all the time. Since there are so many penny auctions out there many will provide bid pack promotions and discounts to get your attention.

Moving from different penny auctions will allow you to experience different sites. Plus, this will give you something to tell other bidders about about when you come back to post in our forum.

6. Buy seats

Try seat penny auctions. On these penny auctions you pay just an entry fee plus the final auction end price. Yep, there really are penny auction where you don’t even have to pay per bid.

7. Bid blind

Bid on the few penny auction sites that offer blind bidding. You won’t know who you’re bidding against, but neither will your competition. You might just win easier.

8. Take notes

Observe active auctions on the sites you bid on even if you’re not bidding. Jot down names, prices, items. Know your competition.

9. Do your homework

Research, research, research. Read everything you can about that new penny auction site. Ask us questions.

Check out who runs the site. If you use FireFox Flagfox is a great add-on that will not only show what country the penny auction site is hosted in, but whois data, malware checks, traceroutes, quick URL shortening and a few other neat features.

See if the penny auction site is listed, or even accredited by the Better Business Bureau http://bbb.org/. Encourage them to become an audited member of the Entertainment Auction Association.

10. Record the auction

Seriously, you won’t want to lose all of the money you invested in bids due to a glitch. Record penny auctions as you bid. A few free, awesome recording programs that we like: Jing, CamStudio.

Take the Poll

Are you winning more or losing more while bidding on penny auctions? We’ll keep your usernames confidential, but definitely take the poll we just posted in the forum.

For more penny auction tips, strategies and to see what others are saying about that site you’ve been wondering about, join our penny auction forum.

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14 comments… add one
  • psmker1 July 27, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Good post. Things I haven’t heard of before, like buying seats and bidding blind? Where?
    Thanks, Tom H

    • Amanda July 27, 2011, 4:01 pm

      Thanks Tom,

      Yes – there are a few sites that offer “seat” auctions – they don’t seem to stay open too long though because of the ‘waiting game’ that’s involved. Off the top of my head, a new one is LoveLabels.com (designer handbags & accessories), as far as blind bidding – Bargainsandfun.com did this last I checked, so does CheetahBids.com Info.

  • Tim@Speedclik July 27, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Great Post, hopefully bidders stick to it, very informative and useful although quite basic. Made for a nice read


    • karen June 7, 2013, 6:58 am

      interesting read and rather basic but please elaborate on that. Have read in other blogs that biggest thing is timing and knowing competition. My big question is how do you do that – sit in front of computer 24/7 for weeks – sounds tedious and not sure info gathered would be that beneficial.
      Anyone have any ideas to share. Best auction times/day for what items? competition – people who bid often, are jumpers, BIN etc. etc. w/some site with over 1 M customers how to find out what the top 100+ doing regularly in their bid winning……

  • Amanda July 27, 2011, 8:45 pm

    Thanks Tim!

  • Mike September 30, 2011, 8:47 pm


    do you recommend any bidding automation software like Bidder Robot or any of the like? what are some good strategies to use with that?

    thank you.

    • Amanda Lee September 30, 2011, 9:44 pm

      Hey Mike, thanks for stopping by! Also check out and join the forum http://pennyauctionforum.com I don’t recommend the bidding software like t hat because it is against the TOS of many sites… 🙂 Best of luck!!

  • best online auction sites November 3, 2011, 12:56 am

    You can add this Amanda: Has a full refund policy on unused bids. I know, it sounds a basic requirement for penny auction sites, but some users find out all too late.

  • Jackie November 27, 2011, 3:57 pm

    I was brousing on no more rack, that popped up while I was on ebay. As I was looking at that site a little block that looked the same as several on the site,popped up and ask if I was ready to bid. Iassumed aall this was a part of ebay.Thinking that I felt pretty safe.I gave my credit info so I could bid. After that I icould not get back into the bidding site. Now I am getting emails that someone is illegally checking my credit score, and had also somehow gotten my username.does anyone out there know how to help me?


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