International Penny Auction BidRivals May Have Just Shut Down

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bidrivals.comIt appears as if BidRivals.com – BidRivals Ltd., an international penny auction site based out of Malta may have just shut down. Recently we noticed that negative comments from winners of the penny auction site were posting on both their Facebook page and our forum that they had outstanding items from the company.

BidRivals launched in 2009 and has offices in Malta, Australia and the United States.

Today we received word from a source who told us that an employee of BidRivals has said that the company has gone into liquidation.

Did they go the way of Swoopo? They may very well have. 

In addition, earlier today we received an e-mail stating that the BidRivals affiliate program has been paused.

“The (51581) BidRivals US (mc) offer has been paused. Please pause the offer as soon as possible.

You will be notified as soon as the offer becomes available once again.

Thank you for your cooperation.”

Another BidRivals affiliate e-mail, this time from BidRivals.com directly states,

BidRivals Affilaite Program Put on Hold due to Maintenance of the Website

I want to announce to you that the BidRivals Affilaite Program is
currently being put on hold with
immediate effect

I would like to advise you to pause your traffic.  In the meantime please
continue sending your
pending invoices to affiliates@bidrivals.com

Best regards,

The BidRivals Team”

bidrivals.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BidRivals.com’s homepage now reads “BidRivals is temporarily off-line.

All auctions are paused and will resume as soon as we are on-line again. All placed bids have been saved.In order to be fair to all users, we have designed the BidRivals system to have daily site maintenance updates, this gives the database time to catch up which ensures all auctions run smoothly.We apologize for the inconvenience and are doing our utmost to have the system on-line as soon as possible.Best regards, The BidRivals Team”
Where is the BidRivals Facebook Page?
 
While the penny auction site states that they will resume again as soon as they are online again, it appears that the BidRivals.com Facebook Page, which had 28K likes, is also gone. If you were around back in March of last year, this is very similar to Swoopo’s shut down. Swoopo, the inventor of the penny auction, filed for bankruptcy and silently disappeared eventhough they left up a temporarily down message on their homepage.
Did you win items on BidRivals that you have not yet received?
One BidRivals bidder recently told us, “I am currently owed about €4500 ($6000) worth of products that I have either won or bought using the BIN option. In total I have bought/won 70 items and I am still waiting for 57 of these items to be delivered. The only things that have been delivered are perfumes, nothing else.
In their terms it says that items should be delivered within 28 days, and in some rare cases it might take longer if the product is in high demand.When I have emailed the support at Bidrivals they have told me that there has been a lot of orders lately and they are experiencing a backlog that they are now trying to catch up with. If I was only waiting for a couple of items that were in high demand then I would buy that excuse but among the things I am waiting for is €270 worth of Amazon Gift Cards and I have been waiting for these gift cards since the 11th of March. Other items I am waiting for to name a few:
  • The New iPad (64 GB with 4G and Wifi)
  • 10 Grams of Gold
  • LG 23″ 3D Monitor
  • Canon Powershot Camera
  • Apple TV
  • Nikon D90 Camera
  • FujiFilm Z90 Camera
  • Samsung 3D Home Cinema System
  • Apple iPod Touch (8 GB)
  • Canon IXUS 125 Slim Camera”
 Johan Albinsson is the COO of BidRivals Ltd.
We’ll be posting more information here as we receive it. In the meantime please feel free to join our forum and discuss BidRivals.com with us.  

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9 comments… add one
  • sam April 28, 2012, 8:56 am

    I have also been caught up in this Bidrivals scam. I am waiting for a number of items that 9 in total,including ibm laptop.samsung tv,gps,sony psp sony xperia mobile phone,…over 2200 pounds spent on bids plus end auction price.

    i dont know how to claim my refund knowing that i will never receive my items from this bankrupt compagny.

    now i have learnt my lesson i will never ever participate in any kind of penny or and cheap or online auctions because any moment they will close and run with the money.just simple advise,if you want an item buy it from shop face to face with receipt in hand never try to be smart anf get cheap items on auctions ,you will never win,you will end up by loosing all your hard earn money, that are going to be no good for anything if they close down.
    I have started some Paypal disputes but have yet to hear back from anyone at Bidrivals or Paypal for that matter.i will keep you updateed withis issue.

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  • sam May 3, 2012, 8:25 pm

    hi,
    CAN YOU PLEASE HELP TO GET BIDRIVALS BANKRUPTCY CERTIFICATE,I NEED THAT FOR BANK CHARGEBACK CLAIM ,proof of bankruptcy.thank you very much

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  • lovebiding May 5, 2012, 10:27 pm

    I have 35000 bids purchased in my bidrivals account and I’m also waiting for $13000 worth of items from bidrivals.com. I thought that bidrivals.com is a known PA company worldwide and will never steal people
    money like that.
    I was a customer with bidrivals.com since 2009.

    They didn’t deliver anything to me since march. This is really frustrating.

    All these penny auctions companies just close and take everybody money and never deliver anything to their customers. It seems that they are nothing but a big scam.

    The problem is how I’m going to get all my money back.

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  • Dorma May 6, 2012, 11:06 am

    It seems that I got out at the right moment. I received all my won auctions (albeit late on occasion).

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  • Cindy May 7, 2012, 5:35 pm

    They are saying this today —
    —-

    We are currently working on technical improvements and re-organisation of our staff. These improvements are part of a efficiency plan within the organisation of Bidrivals.com.

    All customers will be contacted regarding the products they have won our bought with the buy now option. We’ll not just go “black” as many would suggest. We made a commitment towards our users and we’ll honour that.

    We ask a little more patience until we’re back online.

    If you have any questions: support@bidrivals.com

    Regards,
    Bidrivals Team

    —–

    We’ll not just go “black” as many would suggest. —–> Is this going to be true??

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    • Amanda Lee May 9, 2012, 8:00 pm

      Thanks Cindy! They told me this today too. Let’s see what happens.

      Reply
  • JT June 1, 2012, 7:35 am

    First problem with bidrivals was the stock levels and shipping delays, I won a 32″ samsung lcd tv, but the supplier was out of stock and after 3 months of waiting bidrivals decided to send me a 42″ panasonic lcd tv as the tv i originally won was now end of line (no longer in production)

    Problem two, some of the items that was listed on bidrivals were stockpiled end of line items that were not exclusive to bidrivals (and alot of the items are actually shipped from retail stores, not supplier or wholesalers. (meaning they actually order and purchase the item after the auction not before)

    Problem three: no new customers and lack or real world advertising… (banner ads on websites are usless, in 2009 four people out of 25 in the united states would click on banners and ad links on websites, in 2011 only 1 in 1000 people would click on a banner ad worldwide)
    I noticed the same old users bidding on items and no new bidders so bidrivals would of started losing money eventually once the amount of rivals started to decline and long time veteran users started winning items far to easily

    (me bring one of them, was winning items with 30 or less bids by waiting for rivals bid agents to run out or bidding on high end items when they reached the $100 mark and sometimes putting a bid agent on just to discourage others from single bids and the moment someone else puts on a bid agent i would cancel mine and wait it out, this is the typical behavior of most long time users)

    would i still use penny auction sites?? hell yeah!! (its gambling) now if only there was a penny auction site that allowed web cams of its bidders i would love to see the frustration, anger and excitement of other users

    by the way i never have more than 30 bid credits on my account when I’m not using it that way I’m only losing my pocket change if site closes down

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  • ENGINE2011 October 2, 2013, 8:06 pm

    APPEAL FOR INFORMATION / EVIDENCE REGARDING SUCCESSFUL HSBC BANK VISA CREDIT CARD OR VISA DEBIT CARD CHARGEBACK CLAIMS ACTED UPON BY HSBC BANK AGAINST BIDRIVALS LIMITED.

    OVERVIEW: I NEED URGENT ACCESS TO RELIABLE INFORMATION / EVIDENCE REGARDING SUCCESSFUL HSBC BANK VISA DEBIT CARD, OR VISA CREDIT CARD CHARGEBACK CLAIMS AGAINST BIDRIVALS LTD’s BANK FROM ANY UNITED KINGDOM BASED EX-BIDRIVALS CUSTOMERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGED TO CLAIM BACK THEIR PAYMENTS TO THE MERCHANT UNDER ‘VISA’S CHARGEBACK SCHEME REGULATIONS’ WITH HSBC BANKS ASSISTANCE.

    IF ANYONE READING THIS APPEAL FOR INFORMATION / EVIDENCE HAS AT ANY POINT IN TIME DURING BIDRIVALS LTD’s PERIOD OF TRADING (OR AFTER THEY CEASED TRADING) SUCCESSFULLY CLAIMED BACK THEIR HSBC BANK VISA CREDIT CARD, OR VISA DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS FROM THE MERCHANTS BANK AS A RESULT OF CHARGEBACK CLAIMS SUCCESSFULLY ACTED UPON BY HSBC BANK ON THE GROUNDS OF EITHER MERCHANDISE OR SERVICES NOT RECEIVED, OR MERCHANDISE OR SERVICES NOT AS DESCRIBED, PLEASE CONTACT ME URGENTLY BY TEXT MESSAGE ON:-

    +447624800500 OR email me ENGINE2011@live.com
    NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE CONTACT NUMBER IS A TEXT ONLY MESSAGING SERVICE IT DOES NOT SUPPORT VOICE CALLS. I WILL CALL YOU BACK VIA MY HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER. I DON’T CHECK MY EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY SO TEXT CONTACT IS PREFERABLE.

    I AM OFFERING A FINANCIAL REWARD TO ANYONE WHO IS WILLING & ABLE TO PROVIDE ME WITH THE INFORMATION / EVIDENCE I NEED IN ORDER TO SEEK JUSTICE AGAINST HSBC BANK WHO, IN MY CASE, UNREASONABLY & UNFAIRLY FAILED TO ASSIST ME TO RECLAIM BACK THE MONEY I AM OWED BY BIDRIVALS LTD THE OUTCOME OF WHICH HAS RESULTED IN ME INCURRING AN UNNECESSARY & LARGE FINANCIAL LOSS.

    RELIABLE SUCCESSFUL CHARGEBACK CLAIM EVIDENCE EQUATES TO DOCUMENTS SUCH AS LETTER(S) FROM HSBC BANK STATING THAT A CUSTOMERS CHARGEBACK CLAIMS AGAINST BIDRIVALS LIMITED WERE SUCCESSFUL, AND/OR HSBC BANK VISA CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS THAT CONTAIN EVIDENCE OF PAYMENTS TO THE MERCHANT HAVING BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CHARGEDBACK TO THE PAYMENT CARD HOLDERS CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT, AND/OR HSBC BANK ACCOUNT STATEMENTS THAT CONTAIN EVIDENCE OF VISA DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS HAVING BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CHARGEDBACK TO THE VISA DEBIT CARD HOLDERS BANK ACCOUNT. NB: ANY SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS, SORT CODE INFORMATION, CREDIT CARD INFORMATION ETC. CAN BE BLACKED OUT THIS INFORMATION IS NOT NEEDED.

    PLEASE NOTE, IN PARTICULAR, THAT I AM SEEKING RELIABLE EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT:-

    1. SUCCESSFUL CHARGEBACK CLAIMS WERE ACTED UPON BY HSBC BANK FOR VISA DEBIT CARD OR VISA CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS MADE TO BIDRIVALS LIMITED FOR TRANSACTIONS THAT WERE FOR £10 OR LESS IN VALUE.

    2. SUCCESSFUL CHARGEBACK CLAIMS WERE ACTED UPON BY HSBC BANK FOR VISA DEBIT CARD OR VISA CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS MADE TO BIDRIVALS LIMITED FOR THE PURCHASE OF BID PACKS WHICH YOU WILL RECOLLECT WERE SOLD IN DIFFERENT QUANTITIES THAT EQUATED TO PAYMENTS OF £22.50 FOR 50 BIDS, £45 FOR 100 BIDS, £90 FOR 200 BIDS & £225 FOR 500 BIDS.

    IF ANY UK BASED EX-BIDRIVALS CUSTOMERS CAN ASSIST ME BY PROVIDING ME WITH COPIES OF ANY OF THE ABOVE REFERRED TO RELIABLE SUCCESSFUL CHARGEBACK CLAIM EVIDENCE I NEED I WILL BE VERY GRATEFUL & I WILL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR TIME & EFFORT. I WISH TO ASSURE ANYONE READING THIS POSTING THAT THE INFORMATION / EVIDENCE I AM SEEKING IS A 100% GENUINE APPEAL FOR HELP, BECAUSE I AM OWED A LOT OF MONEY BY BIDRIVALS LIMITED WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLAIMED BACK BY HSBC BANK BUT THEY FAILED TO DO SO & WITHOUT A VALID REASON WHICH HAS RESULTED IN A SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL LOSS TO ME.

    AS WE ALL KNOW BIDRIVALS LIMITED ARE BANKRUPT & THERE IS LITTLE HOPE OF THE MERCHANTS CREDITORS RECEIVING ANY DEBT OWED TO THEM VIA THE LIQUIDATION PROCESS THEREFORE THIS IS THE ONLY REAL CHANCE I HAVE LEFT TO GET THE MONEY I AM OWED BY BIDRIVALS LIMITED BACK FROM HSBC BANKS OWN FINANCIAL RESOURCES AS A RESULT OF ITS FAILURE TO ASSIST ME TO RECLAIM BACK PAYMENTS IT WAS MY RIGHT TO CLAIM BACK FROM THE MERCHANT UNDER VISA’S CHARGEBACK SCHEME RULES, WHICH CAN NO LONGER BE ACTED UPON BECAUSE THE TIME LIMITS IN WHICH TO ACT ON CHARGEBACK CLAIMS HAS NOW EXPIRED.

    PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT ANY INFORMATION/ EVIDENCE OFFERED WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIALLY & WILL ONLY BE DISCLOSED TO THE FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT MY COMPLAINT HAS A REASONABLE & FAIR OUTCOME.

    THE INFORMATION/ EVIDENCE I AM SEEKING IS NEEDED URGENTLY, PLEASE CAN YOU CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU CAN ASSIST ME & I WILL MAKE PAYMENT FOR ANY HELP YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE ACCORDINGLY.

    THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS APPEAL.

    ENGINE2011

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